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Feb 28, 2011

how to say "supplier" or "provider" in Hebrew

סַפָּק, סַפָּקִית
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If you have spent some time in Israel, you likely have come across one of the ways of saying "enough" - מַסְפִּיק (mahs-PEEK). The root of this word is ס.פ.ק (s.p.k).


Someone who supplies a product or provides a service fulfills a need or want, so that the recipient can say, "I have enough." The Hebrew word for a supplier or provider is סַפָּק (sah-PAKH).


For example, סַפָּק אִנְטֶרְנֶט (sah-PAHK EEN-tehr-net) is an ISP - an Internet service provider.

A female supplier or provider is סַפָּקִית (sah-pah-KEET).




Feb 27, 2011

how to say "win-win" in Hebrew...

מְנַצֵּחַ-מְנַצֵּחַ
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A win-win situation is one in which both (or all parties) involved come out winners.


One of the words in Hebrew for to win is לְנַצֵּח (leh-nah-TSEH-ahkh). It's a פיעל (pee-EHL) verb coming from the root נ.צ.ח (n.ts.kh) meaning eternity. I suppose there's a feeling of everlasting that accompanies a win... as well as an act of conducting an orchestra (another meaning of לנצח).


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Feb 25, 2011

how to say "craft" in Hebrew...

מְלָאכָה
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Cyclone in Australia, earthquake in New Zealand, genocide in Libya, rockets on בְּאֵר שֶׁבַע (beh-EHR SHEH-vah) - Beer Sheba...


Here's another song by Ehud Banai about what happens after the storm - that, as is human nature and for good reason, people go back about their business. But the ones who never forget are those who lost someone.


מְלָאכָה (meh-lah-KHAH) is craft. It's the Jewish legal term for that which is prohibited on the Sabbath, a concept that appears in this week's Torah portion. It's used in Mishnaic Hebrew to mean the Modern-day equivalent of career.


Listen for a variation of this word in Ehud Banai's song by checking out this page. You can cheat by looking at the translation to the left of the YouTube clip.


שבת שלום וסוף שבוע נעים לכולם!
Shabbat Shalom and pleasant weekend to all!



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Feb 24, 2011

how to say "to launch" in Hebrew...

לְשַׁגֵּר
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This is a word taught in our Level 5 class, of which are starting this Sunday and Monday in Jerusalem, Raanana and Efrat.


לְשַׁגֵּר (leh-shah-GHEHR) means to launch something such as a rocket or a space shuttle. לשגר is a פיעל (pee-EL) verb.


For instance, הַחָמָאס שִׁגֵּר אֶמֶשׁ שְׁתֵי רָקֶטוֹת גְּרָאד לִבְאֵר-שֶׁבַע (hah-khah-MAHS shee-GHER EH-mesh sheh-TEH-ee rah-KEH-toht grahd leev-EH SHEH-vah) - Hamas launched last night two Grad rockets to Beer Sheva.


Please note that לשגר is used when describing something launched in the literal sense. Launching a product or service uses a different metaphor.



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Feb 23, 2011

how to say "appreciation" in Hebrew...

הַעֲרָכָה
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This one is for Rolene at AACI.


Perhaps you know the Hebrew word for value - עֶרֶך (EH-rekh). To value something or someone - or to appreciate - is לְהַעֲרִיך (leh-hah-ah-REEKH). It's a הפעיל (heef-EEL) verb.


Likewise, הַעֲרָכָה (hah-ah-rah-KHAH) is appreciation.





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Feb 22, 2011

how to say "crucial" or "fateful" in Hebrew...

גּוֹרָלִי
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In the Book of Esther, the Jewish-Persian queen is faced with a fateful decision: either risk her life by attempting to persuade the king to spare the Jewish people, or sit "pretty" in the palace while her people are systematically wiped out.


In Hebrew, we'd call this רֶגַע גּוֹרָלִי (REH-gah goh-rah-LEE) - a fateful moment or a crucial moment.


גּוֹרָל (goh-RAHL) means fate or destiny.





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