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Sep 19, 2014

make the Hebrew you learned this week YOURS TO KEEP

חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן
Review Material
You spent time on your Hebrew this week.

Use these review materials to make it yours to keep.

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם, וְסוֹף שָׁבוּעַ נָעִים!
Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!

Sep 18, 2014

how to say "according to" in Hebrew


The Hebrew word for according to is לְפִי listen and repeat. It means literally, to the mouth of, since we act in accordance with what someone (or something, for that matter) has spoken.

Here's the word in context:

לְפִי הַהוֹרָאוֹת, צָרִיךְ לַחְתּוֹם כָּאן.
According to the instructions, (one) needs to sign here.

The suffix פִי- listen and repeat - meaning the mouth of - is the construct state of the word פֶּה listen and repeat meaning mouth.

Another more literal usage of פי- can be found in this week's Torah portion:

כִּי קָרוֹב אֵלֶיךָ הַדָּבָר מְאֹד, בְּפִיךָ וּבִלְבָבְךָ לַעֲשׂתוֹ.
For the matter is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to do it.
(Deuteronomy 30:14)

Sep 17, 2014

how to say "store credit" in Hebrew

זִכּוּי כַּסְפִּי

If you're not happy with a product you bought in Israel, you'll find many shops reluctant to give a refund, but happy to give store credit.

The term for such credit is זִכּוּי כַּסְפִּי listen and repeat (literally, monetary credit) or simply זיכוי listen and repeat, of the root ז.כ.ה (z.k.h) meaning merit.

For example:

אֲנִי לֹא יָכוֹל לָתֵת לָךְ הֶחְזֵר, אָבָל אֲנִי יָכוֹל לָתֵת לָךְ זִכּוּי.
I can't give you a refund, but I can give you (store) credit. (to a female)

Sep 16, 2014

how to say "refund" in Hebrew

הֶחְזֵר כַּסְפִּי

A refund in Hebrew is הֶחְזֵר כַּסְפִּי listen and repeat - literally, a returning of funds. But more often than not, you'll hear people abbreviating the expression to simply החזר listen and repeat.

For example:

תִּרְאִי אִם תּוּכְלִי לְקַבֵּל הֶחְזֵר מֵהַחֲנוּת.
See if you can get a refund from the store. (to a female)

The word derives from the active-causative verb לְהַחְזִיר listen and repeat - to return (something), of the root ח.ז.ר (kh.z.r).

Sep 15, 2014

how to say "app" in Hebrew

יִשּׂוּם, אַפְּלִיקַצְיָה

The simple verb to put, in Hebrew, is לָשִׂים listen and repeat, of the root שׂ.י.מ (s.y.m). 

This root has a variant in Biblical Hebrew of the same meaning: י.שׂ.מ (y.s.m), and it is this other root that Modern Hebrew employs to produce the term for application or that which is put to use: יִשּׂוּם listen and repeat, related to the active-intensive verb לְיַשֵּׂם listen and repeat - to implement.

If you switch the display language on your mobile phone to Hebrew, you'll find that applications are terms יִשּׂוּמִים listen and repeat

Now that's applications. But when's the last time you heard someone say, "check out this new application!" They'd use the word app instead, a less formal term.

Hebrew's less formal term for application is... well, אַפְּלִיקַצְיָה listen and repeat.

For example:

בְּתֵל אָבִיב, הַרְבֵּה אֲנָשִׁים מְפַתְּחִים אַפְּלִיקַצְיוֹת.
In Tel Aviv, a lot of people develop apps.

Sep 14, 2014

how to say "to put" in Hebrew


The word לָשִׂים listen and repeat - to put or to place - is a simple verb of the hollow variety, of the root שׂ.י.מ (s.y.m).

For example:

שִׂימִי אֶת הַשַּׂקִּיּוֹת עַל הַשֻּׁלְחָן.
Put the bags on the table. (to a female)

This word is at least as old as the Bible itself, where its usage abounds in instances such as:

שִׂים נָא יָדְךָ תַּחַת יְרֵכִי
Place your hand under my thigh (to a male, as a pledge of allegiance)
- Genesis 24:2, among other places


ְשׂוֹם תָּשִׂים עָלֶיךָ מֶלֶך
You shall surely place a king upon yourself
- Deuteronomy 17:15

Sep 12, 2014

make this week's Hebrew yours - REVIEW this week's doses!

חֹמֶר לְשִׁנּוּן
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Review, practice and test yourself on this week's doses of Hebrew!

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם, וְסוֹף שָׁבוּעַ נָעִים!
Shabbat Shalom, and have a nice weekend!