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Jun 24, 2013

how to say "baby" in Hebrew


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תִּינוֹק, תִּינוֹקֶת

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The Hebrew word for baby boy is תִּינוֹק ( listen and repeat), while the word for baby girl is תִּינוֹקֶת (listen and repeat).

When speaking of multiple babies, it's תִּינוֹקוֹת ( listen and repeat), regardless of gender.

These words derive from the root י.נ.ק (y.n.k), which means nursing. They first appear in Mishnaic Hebrew.

For example, I wish to congratulate my friends, my colleague and assistant Lauren and her husband David, with:


הָמוֹן בְּרִיאוּת וְשִׂמְחָה לְרֶגֶל הֻלֶּדֶת הַתִּינוֹקֶת הַחֲדָשָׁה!
Lots of health and happiness on the occasion of the birth of the new baby girl!

by Ami SteinbergerFounder and Director, Ulpan La-Inyan

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