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Oct 31, 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!

Oct 30, 2014

how to say "a lady" in Hebrew


גְּבֶרֶת


Two of the first words we teach in Ulpan La-Inyan are sir and ma'am - אֲדוֹנִי  listen and repeat and גְּבֶרֶת  listen and repeat, respectively. These mean literally, my master and lady.

גברת refers to a lady or a woman of status, as in the title of the musical:

גְּבִרְתִּי הַנַּאֲוָה
My Fair Lady

Her male counterpart is גְּבִיר  listen and repeat, a lord or a man of great wealth, as in:

בָּרוֹן רוֹטְשִׁילְד הָיָה גְּבִיר.
Baron Rothschild was a lord.

Oct 29, 2014

how to say "estate" in Hebrew


אֲחֻזָּה


The main street in Raanana is called אֲחֻזָּה (pronounced colloquially like this). It means estate, and it comes from the root א.ח.ז (a.kh.z) meaning holding onto something.

Sometimes a mansion is called an אחוזה  listen and repeat, as in:

זֶה לֹא בַּיִת - זֶה אֲחֻזָּה.
That's not a house - it's a mansion.

Related words include:

נֶכֶס - property, asset (of substantial value)  listen and repeat
ׁרְכוּש - property, asset (not necessarily of substantial value)  listen and repeat
נַחֲלָה - estate, privately-owned land  listen and repeat

Oct 28, 2014

how to say "caveman" in Hebrew


הָאָדָם הַקַּדְמוֹן


Some of you may recall the 1992 movie Encino Man. It's about a frozen caveman who is dug up in a suburban backyard and helps two high school seniors become the most popular kids in school. I recently watched the movie again and relived part of my childhood.

The Hebrew term for a caveman or prehistoric man is הָאָדָם הַקַּדְמוֹן  listen and repeat, where אדם  listen and repeat means man and קדמון  listen and repeat means ancient.

For example:

נִמְצָא שֶׁלֶד שֶׁל הָאָדָם הַקַּדְמוֹן בְּרָמַת הַגּוֹלָן.
A skeleton of prehistoric man was found in the Golan Heights.

Another term for caveman is a literal translation: אִישׁ מְעָרוֹת  listen and repeat - a man of caves.

Oct 27, 2014

how to say "to show" in Hebrew


לְהַרְאוֹת


Seeing is one of the simplest concepts to describe in language. Hebrew expresses it using a verb of the "simple" verb form: לִרְאוֹת listen and repeat, of the root ר.א.ה (r.a.h).

To express causing someone to see something - showing it to them - Hebrew employs the causative verb form, yielding לְהַרְאוֹת listen and repeat.

Here's a Biblical-Hebrew example:

...לֵךְ לְךָ מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ אֶל הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָּ.
...go from your land and from your birthplace and from your father's home to the land that I will show you.
(Genesis 12)

And here's a Modern-Hebrew example:

הִיא הֶרְאֲתָה לָנוּ אֶת הַגִּנָּה הַחֲדָשָׁה שֶׁלָּהּ.
She showed us her new garden.

Oct 26, 2014

two words for "gift" in Hebrew


מַתָּנָה, שַׁי


Just like the English word gift comes from the verb give, colloquial Hebrew's word for it is מַתָּנָה listen and repeat, coming from the verb לָתֵת listen and repeat - to give.

For example:

לֹא רַק יְלָדִים אוֹהֲבִים לְקַבֵּל מַתָּנוֹת.
Not only children like receiving gifts.

Another authentically word for gift is שַׁי listen and repeat - also a name - but this word is used more rarely.

Another word that came to Hebrew via Greek is דּוֹרוֹן listen and repeat, also a name.

Oct 24, 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!