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May 2, 2012

how to say "behavior" in Hebrew

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by mikebaird
To behave is to conduct oneself in a certain way. It is therefore not surprising that the Hebrew word for to behave comes from the Biblical root meaning conduct or drive - נ.ה.ג (n.h.g). 

To behave is לְהִתְנַהֵג (leh-heet-nah-HEG), a reflexive-intensive התפעל verb. And following the verbal-noun pattern, behavior is הִתְנַהֲגוּת (heet-nah-hah-GOOT).

For example, הַהִתְנַהֲגוּת שֶׁל הַיָּלְדָה הִיא לֹא מְקֻבֶּלֶת - the girl's behavior is unacceptable - (hah-heet-nah-hah-GOOT shel hah-yahl-DAH hee loh meh-koo-BEH-let).

Some other words of the same root are מִנְהָג - custom or tradition (meen-HAHG), לִנְהוֹג - to drive (leen-HOHG) and לְהַנְהִיג - to lead (leh-hahn-HEEG).

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