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Archive for May, 2012

Are You Hungry? Posted by on May 30, 2012

אֲנִי רָעֵב! Eating is a great way to explore another culture. And food is one of my favorite subjects. Breakfast – אֲרוּחַת בֹּקֶר Israelis like their breakfast. While the term “breakfast” is identical worldwide, an Israeli breakfast is slightly different from what you had in mind. Typically it includes the following: fresh juice, coffee or…

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Roots and Patterns Posted by on May 29, 2012

Did you know that Hebrew and Arabic have a unique feature when it comes to building vocabulary? They use roots and patterns (called מִשְׁקָלִים – meesh-ka-leem) to build more words. Most often, a root consists of three consonant letters. Sometimes there are four, rarely two. Let’s take an example. I’m going to take a common…

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Asking About Nationality or Origin Posted by on May 28, 2012

Look at this short dialog: אני מישראל גם אני מישראל. אני מנְתַנְיָה ah-nee mees-rah-ehl (I’m from Israel) gam ah-nee mees-rah-ehl. ah-nee mee-neh-tahn-yah (I’m also from Israel. I’m from Nethanya) Saying where you are from is pretty easy in Hebrew. All you need to do is add the suffix מֵ- – meh (or מִ- – mee)…

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Hebrew You Already Know Posted by on May 24, 2012

Some people claim that Hebrew is the mother of all languages. No matter what its history or origin, Hebrew, a language that has its origins in the Fertile Crescent, has crept into North American–spoken English. And this process works in reverse too, as many English words and phrases have crept into the Hebrew language. Interestingly…

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Let’s Visit Israel! Posted by on May 22, 2012

מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל  (meh-dee-naht ees-ra-el – The State of Israel) is a small Middle Eastern country with a long coastline on the eastern Mediterranean Sea and a small window on the Red Sea at the Gulf of Eilat. Israel is considered part of the Holy Land. The three major religions — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—all have…

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Introducing Yourself and Others Posted by on May 15, 2012

Today’s date: 23rd of Iyyar, 5772 כ״ג באייר תשע״ב 38th day of the Omer – ל״ח בעומר When you first meet someone, what is the first thing you’d say? probably “Hello, my name is…”. This would be the first step in communication and making friends. So let’s start with this first. Introducing Yourself We already…

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Counting of the Omer Posted by on May 10, 2012

Today’s Date: 18th of Iyyar, 5772 (י״ח באייר תשע״ב) Holiday: 33rd Day of the Omer – ל״ג בעומר If you’ve noticed on recent posts (and today’s), you’ll see I put “[number] day of the Omer”. What is this Omer, and why is counting it important? Counting of the Omer (סְפִירָה הַעֹמֶר) is a verbal counting…

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