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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.

Streetwise Hebrew TLV1 Studios

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    • 4.9 • 688 Ratings

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.

    Pull Over!

    Pull Over!

    In Hebrew, עצור means stop!, imperative. When driving in Israel, if you suddenly hear עצור בצד blaring from a loudspeaker, you better know what to do.

    • 7 min
    #119 Take Your Hebrew Down a Notch (Rerun)

    #119 Take Your Hebrew Down a Notch (Rerun)

    Part of learning a new language is knowing when to speak properly and when you’re free to let loose. Today Guy Sharett explains how to downgrade your upmarket Ulpan Hebrew to street level.
    Listen to the Hebrew Episode on Patreon
     
    New Words and Expressions:
    Haiyten – You were (pl., f.) – הייתן
    Ma aten rotsot – What you (pl., f.) want – מה אתן רוצות
    Eich oto aten mevalbelot – How you (pl., f.) confuse him – איך אותו אתן מבלבלות
    Tir’u misken – Look at this poor guy – תראו מסכן
    Ma asiten lo – What you (pl., f.) have done to him – מה עשיתן לו
    Hayiti rotse lihyot melech shelech – I would have liked to be your king – הייתי רוצה להיות מלך שלך
    Biti, at bocha o tsocheket – My daughter, are you crying or laughing – בתי, את בוכה או צוחקת
    Netanya (formal) – Natanya (colloquial) – נתניה
    Nahariya (formal) – Nahariya (colloquial) – נהריה
    Madu’a – Why – מדוע
    Madu’a lo bata ata elay – Why didn’t you come to me – מדוע לא באת אתה אליי
    Heichan – Where – היכן
    Me’ayin – From where – מאין
    Ha-im – Question word – האם
    Ka’asher – When – כאשר
    Al na tomar li shalom – Kindly don’t tell me farewell – אל נא תאמר לי שלום
     
    Playlist and Clips:
    Lahakat Hel Hinuch – Horef ’73 (Lyrics)
    Sarit Hadad – Banot, Banot (Lyrics)
    Yizhar Ashdot – Melech Shelach (Lyrics)
    Hava Alberstein – Biti At Bocha o Tsocheket (Lyrics)
    Netanya Commercial
    Nahariya Housing Project
    Yirmi Kaplan – Madu’a Lo Bata (Lyrics)
    Nechama Handel – Kaasher Ani Va-At (Lyrics)
    Yafa Yarkoni – Al Na Tomar Li Shalom (Lyrics)

    • 10 min
    Combating the Evil Eye

    Combating the Evil Eye

    In Hebrew, עין הרע means the Evil Eye. On this episode, Guy explains the word רע and also discusses the campaign to rid our society of nasty gossip

    • 14 min
    #45 ‘It’s Not You, It’s Me’: Non-committal Hebrew (Rerun)

    #45 ‘It’s Not You, It’s Me’: Non-committal Hebrew (Rerun)

    Guy Sharett takes us through how to say in Hebrew those non-committal phrases we all rely on from time to time

    • 6 min
    Who’s A Good Girl?

    Who’s A Good Girl?

    The Hebrew word טוב means good. How would we use טוב when speaking to a well-behaving female dog? How about a male dog? The difference, as it turns out, is more than just changing the feminine/masculine form

    • 11 min
    Approve My Friend Request

    Approve My Friend Request

    The Hebrew word אישור can mean to “green light” a new project. So what does a friend request on social media have to do with it? Guy explains

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
688 Ratings

688 Ratings

Sandy/Aly ,

A Great Way into Slang Hebrew!

Streetwise Hebrew has interesting and lively Hebrew lessons as it is spoken today in Israel. The podcast includes a bit of music and cultural references, too, including useful links. It’s a much easier and more enjoyable way to improve your spoken Hebrew in short clips. Try it. Really!

Jimmyloversamich ,

Best Hebrew podcast

This is easily the best podcast to learn Hebrew!! I have tried others and they don’t come close. Guy is terrific!

MarkVek ,

A little Hebrew every day

Switching between this podcast and the Hebrew version has been a fun and easy way to continue to learn Hebrew every day, as a intermediate level speaker

Thank you Guy

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