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StreetWise Hebrew is a bi-weekly segment where we will discuss Modern Hebrew, which some people call Israeli. From slang to Biblical Hebrew idioms which are still around, textual graffiti, influence of other languages and other linguistic phenomena, but above all: How we can understand the Israeli psyche, society and culture through the language.

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Episodes

סטריטווייז היברו פלוס: עולם מוזר

9/19/2017
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לפעמים אנחנו נתקלים באנשים או בדברים שהם טיפה מוזרים, לא נורמליים. מה אנחנו אומרים עליהם? ברוב המילים אפשר להשתמש גם ברצינות, אבל גם בצחוק, עם חברים, אז שימו לב. Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Muzar, meshune – Strange, weird – מוזר, משונה Olam muzar – Strange world – עולם מוזר Meitar karua – Torn string – מיתר קרוע Likro’a – To tear – לקרוע Kri’aa – Tearing – קריעה Ad ha-oneg ha-ba – Until the next pleasure – עד העונג הבא Ya...

Duration: 00:10:21


#185 Stranger Than Fiction

9/19/2017
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Life in Israel is always exciting! Often we meet weird people and encounter strange situations. How do we talk about these things? What do we tell our best friends after stepping out from the wierdest meeting ever? Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Muzar, meshune – Strange, weird – מוזר, משונה Olam muzar – Strange world – עולם מוזר Meitar karua – Torn string – מיתר קרוע Likro’a – To tear – לקרוע Kri’aa – Tearing – קריעה Ad ha-oneg...

Duration: 00:10:05


#140 "Kacha": The perfect answer to difficult questions

9/12/2017
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One of the first words Israeli children learn is "kacha" - "like this" - especially when they keep asking "lama?" - "why?" - and their parents don't have the strength to answer. You may even have been told "kacha" by your Hebrew teacher when you asked too many grammar questions. Today host Guy Sharett answers all your questions about "kacha," and gives some examples of how it pops up in Israeli slang. Exclusive Content for Patrons New words & expressions: Atsuv li she-ze kacha – I am...

Duration: 00:07:38


סטריטווייז היברו פלוס: בואו לא ניסחף

9/5/2017
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הפועל 'לבוא' הוא פועל חשוב בעברית. כולנו הולכים ובאים לאנשהו כל הזמן. מה קורה כשמוסיפים לו פועל, כמו "בוא נגיד", ומה קורה כשמישהו פשוט אומר לכם "בואי!"? בונוס: איך אפשר לענות למישהו שעושה לכם הסגברה (mansplaining)? Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Lavo – To come – לבוא Bo, bo’i, bo’u – Come (imperative, m., f., pl.) – בוא, בואי, בואו Bo hena – Come here – בוא הנה Bo’i le-Eilat – Come to Eilat – בואי לאילת Bo’u nashir – Let’s sing –...

Duration: 00:09:11


#184 Let’s Not Get Carried Away

9/5/2017
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The verb ‘lavo,’ meaning ‘to come,’ is an important verb in Hebrew. This week, Guy teaches a few handy expressions with it. How do we say, “let’s say…” or, “you’re getting carried away”? Bonus: What do you say to someone who is mansplaining to you? Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Lavo – To come – לבוא Bo, bo’i, bo’u – Come (imperative, m., f., pl.) – בוא, בואי, בואו Bo hena – Come here – בוא הנה Bo’i le-Eilat – Come to Eilat – בואי...

Duration: 00:09:32


סטריטווייז היברו פלוס: פיפי ולישון

8/29/2017
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מה אנשים אומרים כשהם צריכים ללכת לשנייה לשירותים? ולמה אנשים כותבים "פיפי" כתגובה למשהו נורא מצחיק שהם רואים באינטרנט? בואו נלמד. הפרק לא מתאים למאזינים שיש להם בעיה עם הנושא. Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Pipi – pee – פיפי Sheten – Urine – שתן Bdikat sheten – Urine test – בדיקת שתן Shniya, ani osa pipi ve-az nedaber od – Just a sec, I am making “pipi” and then we’ll talk more – שנייה, אני עושה פיפי ואז נדבר עוד Pipi rega, pipi...

Duration: 00:08:10


#183 When Nature Calls

8/29/2017
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Fair warning: this episode is not for everybody. We’re talking about body fluids, especially ‘number 1’ in the bathroom. Hey, it’s important to know how to ask for a urine test, how to say ‘to hold it,’ and to say politely that you have an urgent need. If you’re uncomfortable hearing about bodily fluids and their organs, then feel free to skip this episode. Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Pipi – Pee – פיפי Sheten – Urine – שתן Bdikat...

Duration: 00:10:10


SWH Plus: סיוט

8/22/2017
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ישראלים, כמו כולם, אוהבים להתלונן. "סיוט" הוא חלום רע, אבל אפשר גם להשתמש בו כדי לתאר תור נוראי בסניף הדואר המקומי. באילו עוד מילים אפשר להשתמש? בואו להתלונן איתנו. Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Lehitlonen – To complain – להתלונן Hu mitlonen al mashehu/mishehu – He complains about something/someone – הוא מתלונן על משהו/מישהו Mitlonenet al ha-hom – She is complaining about the heat – מתלוננת על החום Haya li kashe, ani lo mitlonenet...

Duration: 00:10:28


#182 Welcome to the Horror Show

8/22/2017
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Sometimes one needs to whine ('lekater') and to go over the top. Israelis love to complain and use words like inferno, hell, nightmare, torture, and other flowery terms to describe another horrible queue at the bank. Let’s add some phrases to our Streetwise Hebrew complaint toolkit with today's episode. Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Lehitlonen – To complain – להתלונן Hu mitlonen al mashehu/mishehu – He complains about...

Duration: 00:10:22


#181 You've Got a Friend in Me

8/15/2017
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‘Haver,’ the Hebrew word for ‘friend,’ has had quite an amazing comeback to modern Israeli lingo. How do we use it in this day and age and how do we differentiate between a platonic friend and a serious partner? Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Shalom haver – Goodbye friend – שלום חבר Heye li haver – Be a friend for me – הייה לי חבר Tihye/Tihyi/Tihyu – Be! (Imperative) – תהיה/תהיי/תהיו Ze Ben, haver – This is Ben, a friend – זה בן,...

Duration: 00:08:19


SWH Plus: חבר, אני כאן בשבילך

8/15/2017
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בישראל הסוציאליסטית של שנות ה-50 "חבר" הייתה מילה חשובה. כשהפכנו לקפיטליסטים היא נשארה מאחור. בשנים האחרונות היא חזרה אלינו, והמלצר בבית קפה תל אביבי יקרא לכם "חברים, השולחן שלכם מוכן". קאמבק. Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Shalom haver – Goodbye friend – שלום חבר Heye li haver – Be a friend for me – הייה לי חבר Tihye/Tihyi/Tihyu – Be! (Imperative) – תהיה/תהיי/תהיו Ze Ben, haver – This is Ben, a friend – זה בן, חבר ֿZe Ben,...

Duration: 00:07:51


#180 But Now I'm Found

8/8/2017
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Do you know how to say ‘a good catch’ in Hebrew? How about ‘virtual reality’? And ‘sense of direction’? This episode is all about the nuances of an interesting word for all these contexts. Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Ani holech lesham ve-lo motse – I am going there, and I don’t find – אני הולך לשם ולא מוצא Metsi’ah/ot – Finding/s – מציאה/מציאות A groysé metsi’é (Yiddish) – A big catch (not!) – א גרויסע מציעא Hu lo kazé groysé...

Duration: 00:10:05


Extra: An Experiment in Advanced Hebrew

8/4/2017
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StreetWise Hebrew gets scientific: host Guy Sharett is conducting an experiment with brand new podcasts. Meant for listeners who want to develop their advanced language skills, these episodes are entirely in Hebrew. Have a listen and let us know what you think. Should we keep it going? Let us know. Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Playlist: Nechi Nech – all this time / נצ’י נצ’ – כל הזמן הזה (lyrics) Want to see more Hebrew gems? Like Streetwise Hebrew on Facebook and...

Duration: 00:02:30


#179 Four Years and Counting

8/1/2017
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Four years ago, we aired our first show, and this month, in August 2017, we are celebrating more than 1.4 million downloads. So for our fourth birthday, let’s learn the word ‘arba,’ which means ‘four’ in Hebrew, and its root. Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Arba lifnot boker lo nirdemet – 4 am, I cannot sleep – ארבע לפנות בוקר לא נרדמת Arba – Four (f.) – ארבע Arba’a – Four (m.) – ארבעה Arba’a haverim – Four male friends – ארבעה...

Duration: 00:08:05


How Do I Look?

7/25/2017
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So you went to buy clothes in a Tel Avivi shop. The next thing you know, the customer next to you, while trying on a dress, says that you shouldn’t wear red. Ever. Let’s talk about what just happened here and learn some phrases in clothes shopping lingo. Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Lakachti le-baali kazé – I took one just like this for my husband – לקחתי לבעלי כזה Lakachti le-achoti kazé – I took one just like this for my sister –...

Duration: 00:08:01


#177 It's Getting Hot in Here

7/18/2017
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It's so hot in Tel Aviv, you cannot believe it. Ham! But if you want to say, "I am hot", don't translate directly from English to Hebrew. Listen to this episode first. Without your kids. You'll understand in a minute. Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Ham – Hot, angry, horny – חם Haya ham – It was hot – היה חם Yihye ham – It will be hot – יהיה חם Ham! – It’s hot – חם! Ha-bos sheli ham alay – My boss is angry at me – הבוס שלי חם...

Duration: 00:09:01


#176 Would You Like Cheese With That Whine?

7/11/2017
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A teenager in central Tel Aviv said something to his friend on the phone that made Guy think: How do we say 'whiner' and 'to whine' in Hebrew? Today's episode is about the word 'bachyan' and its variations. Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Hu bacha – He cried – הוא בכה Livkot – To cry – לבכות Bachiti – I cried – בכיתי Eineni tinok bachyan – I am not a whining baby – אינני תינוק בכיין Bachyan – Whiner – בכיין Bachyanut – Whining...

Duration: 00:07:10


#175 Don't You Dare!

7/4/2017
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How do you tell someone not to do something in Hebrew? Use ‘al’ (that’s A-L), which means ‘don’t.’ On this episode, Guy explains how to use this little word, and how to say ‘just don’t.’ Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Al tid’agu li – Don’t worry about me – אל תדאגו לי Rak al tagid li – Just don’t tell me – רק אל תגיד לי Ata al tagid li ma laasot – You (m.) don’t tell me what to do – אתה אל תגיד לי מה לעשות At al tagidi li ma laasot...

Duration: 00:08:23


#174 No More Mr. Nice Guy

6/27/2017
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'Nehmad' means 'nice' or 'lovely', but often 'nice' is just not enough for what we want to say. How do we give it a boost to emphasize what we really mean? We can also say 'nehmad,' but in fact mean the opposite! And what do we say about a waiter who is 'too nice'? Guy gives us the nuances of 'nehmad' in this week's episode. Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Nehmad – Nice, lovely – נחמד Lahmod – To covet – לחמוד Haya mamash nehmad – It...

Duration: 00:09:41


#173 Cute as a Button

6/20/2017
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‘Hamud,’ which means ‘cute’ or ‘sweet,’ could be used in several ways, depending on the context and intonation. But just like in English, calling someone ‘sweetie’ in Hebrew isn’t always a good thing! Listen to Guy explain how ‘hamud’ can be either endearing or angry on today’s episode. Looking to support the show? Learn how on Patreon. Words and expressions discussed: Hamud – Cute, cutie, sweet, sweetie – חמוד Lahmod – To covet – לחמוד Alhamdullila – Praise be to god – אלחמדוללה –...

Duration: 00:07:17

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