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Aug 22, 2014

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

Aug 21, 2014

how to say "yeast cake" in Hebrew


עוּגַת שְׁמָרִים


I have a Hungarian-Israeli grandmother. She makes delicious goulash, paprika chicken and other signature Hungarian dishes.

But the best of her kitchen is her neighborhood-famous yeast cake - עוּגַת שְׁמָרִים listen and repeat.

Broken down:

עוּגָה listen and repeat means cake, while עוּגַת listen and repeat means cake of

שְׁמָרִים listen and repeat means yeast

So עוגת שמרים means literally, cake of yeast.

For example:

סַבְתָּא שֶׁלִּי מֵכִינָה אֶת עוּגַת הַשְּׁמָרִים הַטּוֹבָה בָּאָרֶץ.
My grandmother makes the best yeast cake in the country.

Aug 20, 2014

how to say "delicious" in Hebrew


מְאֹד טָעִים


Yesterday, we saw that the ah-EE vowel pattern makes a Hebrew concept “-able” or “-ible”, as in the word for edible (“eat-able”) - אָכִיל listen and repeat.

Another word of the same structure is the one for tasty, or worthy of being tasted, able to be be tasted with pleasure: טָעִים listen and repeat.

For example:

הָאֹכֶל שֶׁהֵכַנְתָּ מְאֹד טָעִים!
The food you (a male) prepared is very tasty!
 listen 

To mean delicious, you’d simply say מאוד טעים listen and repeat (very tasty) or נוֹרָא טָעִים listen and repeat (terribly tasty). 

In the case of מאוד listen and repeat, the order doesn't change the meaning, so you can also say טעים מאוד listen and repeat.

Aug 19, 2014

how to say "edible" in Hebrew


אָכִיל


In English, to express that an object or concept is capable of doing something, we usually add the suffix -able or -ible, as in reasonable and edible. Sometimes we add -ous as a suffix to express the same, as in poisonous - something that is capable of poisoning.

For the most part, Hebrew accomplishes such expression by taking a root and plugging it into a certain vowel structure - ah-EE.

For example:

reasonable is סָבִיר listen and repeat, of the root ס.ב.ר (s.b.r) meaning reason or thought

poisonous is רָעִיל listen and repeat, of the root ר.ע.ל (r.a.l) meaning poison

and edible is אָכִיל listen and repeat, of the root א.כ.ל (a.k.l) meaning eating

Here’s a sentence example of the latter:

הֲאִם הַגְּבִינָה הַזֹּאת עֲדַיִן אֲכִילָה?
Is this cheese still edible?

Aug 18, 2014

how to say "mushrooms" and "noodles" in Hebrew


פִּטְרִיּוֹת, אִטְרִיּוֹת



Some words are good to learn in pairs. The Hebrew words for mushroom and noodles are a great example.

Mushrooms in Hebrew are פִּטְרִיּוֹת listen and repeat, while a single mushroom is a פִּטְרִיָּה listen and repeat.

Noodles are אִטְרִיּוֹת listen and repeat, while a noodle is an אִטְרִיָּה listen and repeat.

For example:

אֲנִי אוֹהֵב לֶאֱכוֹל אִטְרִיּוֹת עִם רוֹטֶב פִּטְרִיּוֹת.

I (a male) like eating noodles with mushroom sauce.

Aug 17, 2014

how to say "to feed" in Hebrew


לְהַאֲכִיל


Since  the topics in this week’s Torah portion tend to revolve around food, I’ll dedicate this week’s entries to that favorite pastime - eating.

To eat is לֶאֱכוֹל listen and repeat. The root is א.כ.ל (a.k.l), and it’s a simple verb.

Plugging that root into the causative verb form, we get, to feed - or to cause someone to eat: לְהַאֲכִיל listen and repeat.

For example:

הֶאֱכַלְתְּ אֶת הַדָּגִים הַיּוֹם?
Have you (a female) fed the fish today?

Aug 15, 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!