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A bite-size podcast showcasing modern Hebrew and its slang. Host Guy Sharett explains what we can learn about Israeli psyche, society, and culture through the Hebrew language.

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A bite-size podcast showcasing modern Hebrew and its slang. Host Guy Sharett explains what we can learn about Israeli psyche, society, and culture through the Hebrew language.

    #11 The Hebrew “-Oosh” Suffix (Rerun)

    #11 The Hebrew “-Oosh” Suffix (Rerun)

    What happens when we add the suffix -oosh to a word? And how do young people call Instagram in Hebrew? Hint: Not insta.
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    New Words and Expressions:
    Hi-oosh – Hey there (slang) – היוש
    Guyoosh, Galitoosh, Eyaloosh – Guy, Galit, Eyal (diminutive) – גיוש, גליתוש, איילוש
    Havitoosh – חביתוש
    Havit – Barrel – חבית
    Bat mitsvoosh – Bat mitzvah (diminutive) – בת מצווש
    Keshetoosh – Keshet (girl’s first name) + oosh – קשתוש
    Im atem mitgarshim, ani holechet im aboosh – If you guys get divorced, I am going with Daddy – אם אתה מתגרשים אני הולכת עם אבוש
    Aboosh – Daddy – אבא + וש, אבוש
    Maxim, maximoosh – Wonderful – מקסים, מקסימוש
    Madhim, madhimoosh – Amazing – מדהים, מדהימוש
    Instagram, Instoosh – אינסטוש
    Forever, foreveroosh; Evita, evitoosh
    Araboosh – Arab (derogatory term) – ערבוש
     
    Playlist and Clips:
    Mishpachat Ein Gvul – Hebrew gay lingo
    Yehudit Ravits – Ha-yalda Hachi Yafa Ba-gan (lyrics)

    • 5 min
    #23 The Imperative (Rerun)

    #23 The Imperative (Rerun)

    Imperative in Hebrew: Often the ‘real’ imperative of our language sounds archaic to us, so we use the future instead. Here’s a quick how-to on the Hebrew imperative.
    Hear the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon
     
    New Words and Expressions:
    Saper/sapri/sapru – Tell (imp.)! – ספר, ספרי, ספרו
    Tesaper – You will tell – תספר
    “Elohim, ten li rak tipat mazal” – God, just give me a bit of luck – אלוהים תן לי רק טיפת מזל
    “Az titen li shiv’a shkalim” – So just give me 7 shekel then – אז תיתן לי רק שבעה שקלים
    Ten/tni/tnu! – Give! – תן/תני/תנו
    “Tni lo perach, tni lo yayin, aval et libech shimri” – Give him a flower, give him wine, but guard your heart – תני לו פרח, תני לו יין, אבל את ליבך שמרי
    Titen, titni, titnu – You will give – תיתן, תתני, תתנו
    Emor shalom – Say ‘shalom’ – אמור שלום
    Bo – Come – בוא
    Lech/lechi/lechu – Go – לך/לכי/לכו
    Sa le’at – Drive slowly – סע לאט
    Lech/lechi/lechu mi-po! – Go away! – לך/לכי/לכו מפה
    Shev/Shvi/Shvu – Sit! – שב, שבי, שבו
    “Al tagidi ken ve’al tagidi lo” – Don’t say yes, and don’t say no – אל תגידי כן ואל תגידי לא
    Al titen – Don’t give – אל תיתן
    Al tavo – Don’t come – אל תבוא
    Tagid li – Tell me – תגיד לי
    Takshiv – Listen – תקשיב
    Ulai tesaper eich haya – Maybe you’ll tell us how it was? – אולי תספר איך היה
     
    Playlist and Clips:
    Arik Einstein – Kama Tov She-bata Ha-baita (lyrics)
    Zehava Ben – Tipat Mazal (lyrics)
    Gali Atari – Tni Lo Perach (lyrics)
    Shokolad, Menta, Mastik – Emor Shalom (lyrics) 
    Arik Einstein – Sa Le’at (lyrics)
    Svika Pick – Ein medina la-ahava (lyrics)
     
    Ep. no. 175 about negation of the imperative Hebrew version
    Ep. no. 184 about Bo Hebrew version

    • 7 min
    I Can Identify With That

    I Can Identify With That

    From face and voice recognition, to identifying with a character from a book, for these and others linguistic uses we utilize the Hebrew root זהה. And how do we say, “Shazam, can you recognize this song?” Guy explains.
    Hear the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon
     
    New Words and Expressions:
    Zihuy panim – Face recognition – זיהוי פנים
    Zihuy plili – Forensics – זיהוי פלילי
    Mazap, Ma’abada le-zihuy plili – Forensics lab – מעבדה לזיהוי פלילי
    Mazapnikim – The forensics guys – מז”פניקים
    Zihuy koli – Voice recognition – זיהוי קולי
    Lezahot – To identify, to recognize – לזהות
    Ata lo mezahé oti? At lo mezaha oti? – Don’t you recognize me? – את/ה לא מזהה אותי
    Teuda mezaha – Proof of identity – תעודה מזהה
    “Shirim she-ha-shazam lo mezahé – Songs that Shazam won’t recognize – שירים שהשזאם לא מזהה
    Ha-rishon she-mezahé – The first person to recognize – הראשון שמזהה
    “Tsipor lo mezuha” – An unidentified bird – ציפור לא מזוהה
    Mispar lo mezuhé – Unidentified number – מספר לא מזוהה
    Eich lachsom et ha-sichot – How to block the calls – איך לחסום את השיחות
    Abam, Etsem bilti mezuhé – Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) – עב”ם, עצם בלתי מזוהה
    Lehizdahot – To identify oneself – להזדהות
    Tizdahé, tizdahi, tizdahu – Identify yourself (imp.) – תזדהה, תזדהי, תזדהו
    Lehizdahot im mishehu – To identify with someone – להזדהות עם מישהו
    “Ata omer la she-ata mizdahé ita rigshit” – You’re telling her that you identify with her emotionally – אתה אומר שאתה מזדהה איתה רגשית
    Hizdahoot – Identification – הזדהות
    Atseret hizdahoot – Solidarity rally – עצרת הזדהות
    Atseret hizdahoot im ha-hatufim – Solidarity rally with the people kidnapped in Gaza – עצרת הזדהות עם החטופים
     
    Playlist and Clips:
    KAN TV – Zihuy panim – Face recognition
    Zihuy koli – voice recognition
    Shirim she-ha-shazam lo mezahé – Songs that Shazam won’t recognize 
    Ha-rishon she-mezahe – The first person who recognizes
    Margalit Tsan’ani – Menta (lyrics)
    How to block an unidentified number – Mispar lo mezuhé
    Abam – UFO
    Sarit Hadad – Inteligentsiya (lyrics)

    • 10 min
    Is Someone Stealing Your Identity?

    Is Someone Stealing Your Identity?

    The Hebrew word זהות means identity. It’s a word we Israelis use many times throughout the day, like any time we call customer service in Israel. Any guesses as to why?
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    New Words and Expressions:
    Zehut – Identity – זהות
    “Zehut achat la-boker, achat la-laila” – One identity for the morning, one for the night – זהות אחת לבוקר, אחת ללילה
    Teudat zehut – ID – תעודת זהות, ת.ז
    Teudat zehut biometrit hachama – A smart biometric identity card – תעודת זהות ביומטרית חכמה
    Ha-meginim al zehutenu – Which protect our identity – המגינים על זהותנו
    Mispar zehut – ID number – מספר זהות
    Yitachen she-mishehu gonev lachem et ha-zehoot – Maybe someone is stealing your identity – ייתכן שמישהו גונב לכם את הזהות
    Ganvu lo et ha-zehut – Someone stole his identity – גנבו לו את הזהות
    “Ten li rak le’amet et ha-zehut shelcha” – Let me just verify your identity – תן לי רק לאמת את הזהות שלך
    “Ana zahu oti be-ezrat hakol sheli” – Please identify me with the help of my voice – אנא זהו אותי בעזרת הקול שלי
    Politikat ha-zehuyot – Identity politics – פוליטיקת הזהויות
    Zehut migdarit – Gender identity – זהות מגדרית
    Teomim zehim – Identical twins – תאומים זהים
    Zehe, zeha, zehim, zehot – Identical – זהה, זהה, זהים, זהות
     
    Playlist and Clips:
    Mercedes Band – Zehut (lyrics)
    Hava Alberstein – Sharaliya (lyrics)
    Tehudat Zehut – ID Card
    Mishehu gonev lachem et ha-zehoot
    Danny Robas – Ze Lo Ani (lyrics)
    Politikat Ha-zehuyot
    What’s zehut migdarit?
    Ynet – Identical twins – Teomim zehim
    Stephane Legar – Lifnei, Achrei (lyrics)
     
    Ep. no. 25 HEB EN
    Ep. no. 63 HEB EN
    Ep. no. 273 HEB EN

    • 12 min
    Procrastinating in Hebrew

    Procrastinating in Hebrew

    It happens to all of us: we have a task to accomplish and we promise ourselves to do it right after this one last thing. So how did an entire week pass by so quickly and yet we’re staring at an even longer to-do list? Let’s talk about procrastination in Hebrew.
    Hear the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon
     
    New Words and Expressions:
    Dachyanoot – Procrastination – דחיינוּת
    Dachyan, dachyanit – Procrastinator – דחיין, דחיינית
    “Ha-yom ulai nidche et bo ha-laila” – Today we might postpone the arrival of the night – היום אולי נדחה את בוא הלילה
    Dachinu – We postponed, we delayed – דחינו
    Lidchot – To postpone – לדחות
    Doche, docha, dochim, dochot – Postpone (present tense) – דוחָה, דוחֶה, דוחים, דוחות
    Lidchot hatsa’a – To turn down an offer – לדחות הצעה
    Ze beseder im nidche le-machar? – Is it ok if we push back to tomorrow? – זה בסדר אם נדחֶה למחר
    Ze beseder im nikba le-yom acher? – Can we reschedule? – זה בסדר אם נדחה למחר
    Yesh matsav lidchot et ze le-yom sheni? – Is there a chance to delay it to Monday? – יש מצב לדחות את זה ליום שני
    Bo naziz et ze le-yom acher – Let’s move it to another day – בוא נזיז את זה ליום אחר
    Ba-sof dachu et ze – They pushed it back at the end – בסוף דחו את זה
    Ze nidcha – It was pushed back – זה נדחה
    D’chiya – Postponement – דחייה
    Ikoov ba-tisa – Flight delay – עיכוב בטיסה
    Yesh lanu ikoov kal – We have a slight delay – יש לנו עיכוב קל
    D’chiya ba-tisa – Flight postponement – דחייה בטיסה
    Dachu et ha-tisa le-machar – They postponed the flight to tomorrow – דחו את הטיסה למחר
    Ha-tisa nidchata le-machar – The flight was delayed to tomorrow – הטיסה נדחתה למחר
    Od dchiya ve-od dchiya – Another delay and yet another delay – עוד דחייה ועוד דחייה
    Delayed Gratification – D’chiyat sipookim – דחיית סיפוקים
     
    Playlist and Clips:
    Dachyanoot – Procrastination
    Hava Alberstein – Perach Ha-lilach (lyrics)
    Dachinu – We postponed
     
    Ep. no. 89 about holiday – Hebrew Version
    Ep. no. 123 about likbo’a 
    Ep. no. 182 about whining

    • 8 min
    I'm Finally Settling In

    I'm Finally Settling In

    The Hebrew words להתיישב and לשבת are both translated as ‘to sit down’, but they are not used in the same manner. And how are these words related to the West Bank? Guy explains.
    Hear the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon
     
    New Words and Expressions:
    “Bo maher, hayeshiva kvar hitchila” – Come quick, the meeting has already started – בוא מהר, הישיבה כבר התחילה
    Lehityashev – To sit down – להתיישב
    Hu yashav be-bet cafe – He sat in a cafe – הוא ישב בבית קפה
    Hu hityashev leyadi – He just sat down next to me – הוא התיישב לידי
    Ksheni mityashev – When I come to sit down – כשאני מתיישב
    Hityashavti – I sat down – התיישבתי
    Rak hityashavti le-daka lishtot cafe, ve-kvar telefon – I sit for a minute to have coffee, and the telephone is already ringing – רק התיישבתי לדקה לשתות קפה, וכבר טלפון
    Lehityashev – To settle, to inhabit – להתיישב
    Hityashvoot – Sitting down, settlement – התיישבות
    Ha-hityashvoot ha-yehoodit ba-aretz – The Jewish settlement in Israel – ההתיישבות היהודית בארץ
    Halutzim – Pioneers – חלוצים
    Hitnachlut – Settlement – התנחלות
    Mitnachlim – Settlers – מתנחלים
    Mityashvim – Settlers – מתיישבים
    Meyashvim et haaretz – Settling the country – מיישבים את הארץ
    Yishoov – Settling, populating – יישוב
    Leyashev – To settle – ליישב
    Ee lo meyooshav – An unpopulated island – אי לא מיושב
    Hoshava – Seating – הושבה
    Sidurey hoshava – Seating arrangements – סידורי הושבה
    Hoshavat ha-muzmanim – The guest seating arrangements – הושבת המוזמנים
    Lelo hoshava – Without seating – ללא הושבה
    Kolel hoshava – Including seating – כולל הושבה
    Lehoshiv – To seat someone – להושיב
    Anachnu moshivim et ha-yeled ba-moshav ha-kidmi – We place the kid in the front seat – אנחנו מושיבים את הילד במושב הקדמי
    Miayd yoshivu etchem, beseder? – They’ll be taking you to your table in a sec. – מייד יושיבו אתכם
    Miyad Yael toshiv etchem – Yael will take you to your table in a sec. – מייד יעל תושיב אתכם
    Miyad Roni yoshiv etchem – Roni will take you to your table in a sec. – מייד רוני יושיב אתכם
     
    Playlist and Clips:
    Shlomo Artzi – Ahrei Ha-kol At Shir (lyrics)
    Shitat Alexander – Eich Lehityashev
    TV14 mitnahlim/mityashvim
    Sidurei hoshava – Seating arrangements
    Lehoshiv ba-moshav ha-kidmi
     
    Ep. no. 124 about Kolel

    • 10 min

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