Streetwise Hebrew

A bite-size podcast showcasing modern Hebrew and its slang. Host Guy Sharett explains what we can learn about Israeli psyche, society, and culture through the Hebrew language.

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episode 272: Take a Look Around You

The Hebrew words סביב (saviv), סביבה (sviva), מסביב (misaviv), סבב (sevev), all come from the ס.ב.ב root. They also come in very handy in spoken Hebrew. So today, Guy explains the many words and phrases that stem from this...



episode 271: We Deserve Special Treatment

We all deserve to receive good customer service and to be treated with respect. But let's be real – that's not always the case. The Hebrew word יחס means treatment, attention, and service, while the plural יחסים means relations.



episode 270: It's Time to Decide

“You decide.” “No you decide.” “No no, you decide!” So many decisions to make. On this episode, Guy talks about Hebrew words and phrases related to decision-making.



#77 Election Finger-Pointing

It's elections day in Israel, in case you hadn't noticed, so today we’ll talk about voting in Hebrew. Guy also tells us how it’s connected to the word for finger - 'etsba.'



episode 269: You're So Wrong!

What Hebrew words and phrases can we use to disagree with someone? Which can be written in a reply online but not said to someone face to face? And which can be said but not written, and what intonation will give that extra oomph?


 10 September 2019  8m

episode 268: No Thanks!

Sometimes people offer us things that we simply don’t want. Telemarketing? No thanks. A leaflet about a new yoga studio around the corner? No thank you. What about an offering of a slice of cheesecake baked by your friend when you're on a diet? How...


 03 September 2019  9m

#131 No Jealousy and No Grudge, Just "Firgun" and Love

“Lefargen” is a rather special word with no simple translation into English. It means to express happiness for someone, to encourage and praise them with full empathy. As Guy explains, in some cases it can mean to give something out of the...


 27 August 2019  8m

episode 267: Six Is a Beautiful Number

This week we celebrate our podcast’s sixth anniversary. Can you believe it? Six years, שש שנים. It's a good excuse to talk about שש, six, and its family of Hebrew words.


 20 August 2019  9m

episode 266: #266 Don't Scare Me Like That!

How would we say, “you really scared me,” in Hebrew? How about a horror film? A coward? This week, Guy doesn't share his deepest fears but rather explains the Hebrew root פחד and its many words and phrases.


 13 August 2019  7m

episode 265: #265 Wait, I Need to Exchange Currency

So you're on summer holiday. Do you stay at a hotel or go for a house swap? Will you exchange currency? Who is filling in for you at work while you're gone? The Hebrew root חלפ is the focus of this week's episode.


 06 August 2019  10m