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Hebrew Word of the Day - allergy (noun)

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אלרגיה (aler’g'ya) allergy (noun)

לילדה יש אלרגיה לאבקת פרחים.
La’yalda yesh aler’gya le’avkat pra’khim.
The girl has an allergy to flower pollen.

הוא אלרגי לבוטנים ואני אלרגי לאבקת פרחים.
Hu aler’gi lebot’nim va’ani aler’gi le`avkat pra`khim.
He’s allergic to nuts, and I’m allergic to pollen.

אלרגיה לאבקת פרחים
alerg’ya le`avkat pra`khim
allergy to pollen

אלרגיה לבוטנים
alerg’ya le`bot’nim
allergy to peanuts

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Hebrew Word of the Day - visa (noun)

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אשרה (ash’ra) visa (noun)

אני רוצה להוציא אשרה כדי לנסוע לסין.
Ani rotse lehotsi ashra kedei linso’a lesin.
I want to get a visa to go to China.

אשרה סינית
ashra sinit
Chinese visa

אשרת נסיעה
ashrat nesi’a
travel visa

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Hebrew Word of the Day - lighter (noun)

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מצית (matzit) lighter (noun)

המצית דולק.
Ha`matsit dolek.
The lighter is lit.

להדליק מצית
lehadlik matsit
light a lighter

מצית זיפו
matsit zipo
zippo lighter

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4 Reasons Why Hebrew Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

Learn 4 honest reasons you need Hebrew slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning Hebrew slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak Hebrew? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning Hebrew or any new language.

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1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout Hebrew Culture

If you turn on any popular Hebrew TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning Hebrew slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, Hebrew culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate Hebrew slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

Learning Hebrew slang words can indeed help you sound more natural, better understand the people and culture, and make integration much easier. However, there is a dark side: using the wrong slang expressions can also make you look foolish, uneducated, and potentially disrespectful.

But how do you know which slang words or phrases to use and when?

The truth is that you can’t learn the most modern and appropriate slang words in textbooks or formal classroom settings. By the time the information gets incorporated into a formal curriculum, it’s already outdated and no longer in use by actual Hebrew people. And while you can learn current slang expressions from Hebrew TV shows, movies, songs, and games, you may not understand the context. If that happens, you may use the right Hebrew slang words but in the wrong situation and still look like a fool or possibly even offend someone.

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So where can you learn current slang expressions and the right context in which to use them?

At HebrewPod101, native speaking instructors create audio and video lessons that can include slang expressions and words. Our instructors provide context and examples for all the Hebrew slang words used in any lesson to make sure students understand the right time and place to use them.

Hebrew slang words and expressions may be grammatically incorrect but they are vital to truly understanding and immersing yourself in the culture. In fact, it will be very difficult to fully understand any movie, TV show, song, game, or even 1-on-1 conversation without knowing a few of the more common slang expressions.

However, it is important to learn the proper context and use of even popular slang expressions or you may come across as confusing, disrespectful, or uneducated.
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Hebrew Word of the Day - elevator (noun)

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מעלית (ma’alit) elevator (noun)

מעלית אחת עולה ומעלית אחת יורדת.
Ma’alit achat ola uma’alit achat yoredet.
One elevator is going up, and one elevator is going down.

מעלית צפופה
ma’alit tsfufa
crowded elevator

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Hebrew Word of the Day - rest (verb)

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נח (nach) rest (verb)

האישה נחה בערסל.
Ha-isha nakha ba-ar’sal.
The woman is resting in the hammock.

האיש נח בערסל.
Ha-ish nakh ba-arsal.
The man is resting in the hammock.

הגורילה נחה על הדשא.
Ha-gorila nakha al ha’deshe.
The gorilla is resting in the grass.

מנוחה ורגיעה
menukha u-regi’ah
rest and relaxation

נח במיטה
nakh ba’mita
rest in a bed

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Hebrew Word of the Day - raspberry (noun)

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פטל (petel) raspberry (noun)

פטל אדום
petel adom
red raspberries

ריבת פטל
ribat petel
raspberry jam

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Hebrew Word of the Day - musical (noun)

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מחזמר (machazemer) musical (noun)

האישה מופיעה במחזמר.
Ha-isha mofi’a ba’makha’zemer.
The woman is preforming in a musical.

מחזמר יכול לספר סיפור באמצעות שירים.
Makha’zemer ya’khol lesa’per sipur be-emtsa’ut shirim.
A musical can tell a story with songs.

הופעה מוזיקלית
hofa’a muzi’kalit
musical performance

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Hebrew Word of the Day - revise (verb)

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תקן (tiken) revise (verb)

לעתים יש צורך לתקן את לוח הזמנים בזמן הדיון.
Le-itim yesh tsorech letaken et lu’ach ha`zmanim bizman ha`diyun.
At times it is necessary to revise a schedule as the meeting goes on.

לתקן כתב-יד
letaken ktav yad
revise a manuscript

לתקן את לוח הזמנים.
letaken et lu’ach hazmanim.
revise the schedule

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Hebrew Word of the Day - warm (adjective)

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חמים (khamim) warm (adjective)

כבר סתיו, אבל הימים עדיין חמימים.
Kvar stav, aval ha’yamim adain kha’mi’min.
It’s already fall, but it’s still warm these days.

מזג אוויר חם
mezeg avir kham
warm weather

רוח חמימה
ru’akh kha’mima
warm wind

יום עם רוחות סוערות
yom im ru’khot so’a'rot
windy day

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