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How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Hebrew

How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Hebrew!

Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

Table of Contents

  1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
  2. Hebrew Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
  3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
  4. How Can HebrewPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
  5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Hebrew - Testing New Technology

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1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Hebrew? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Hebrew words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

  1. joke - התבדח - hit’ba’deach
  2. funny - מצחיק - matz’chik
  3. surprise - הפתעה - hafta-ah
  4. sneaky - חמקני - khamkani
  5. prankster - קנדס - kundas
  6. prank - מתיחה - metikhah
  7. play a joke - מעשה קונדס - ma’ase kundas
  8. lie - שקר - sheker
  9. humor - הומור - humor
  10. fool - טיפש - tipesh
  11. deceptive - מטעה - mat’eh
  12. April 1st - הראשון לאפריל - ha-rishon le-april

2. Hebrew Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

Hebrew Phrases for April Fools' Day

Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Hebrew to prank your favorite Hebrew speaking friend or colleague!

  1. I learned Hebrew in 1 month.
    • למדתי עברית בחודש אחד.
    • lamadeti ivrit be`khodesh ekhad.
  2. All classes for today got canceled.
    • כל השיעורים להיום בוטלו.
    • kol ha`shiurim le`hayom butlu.
  3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
    • אני מצטער, אבל הרגע שברתי את זוג המשקפיים האהוב עליך.
    • ani mitstaer, aval harega shavarti et zug ha`mishkafa-eem ha`ahuv alekha.
  4. Someone has just hit your car.
    • מישהו פגע הרגע במכונית שלך.
    • mishehu paga harega bam`khonit shelkha.
  5. I’m getting married.
    • אני מתחתן.
    • ani mitkhaten.
  6. You won a free ticket.
    • זכית בכרטיס חינם.
    • zakhita be`kartis khinam.
  7. I saw your car being towed.
    • ראיתי את המכונית שלך נגררת.
    • raiti et ha`mekhonit shelkha nigreret.
  8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
    • מחלקים כרטיסי מתנה חינם בכניסה לבניין.
    • mekhalkim kartisei matana khinam ba`knisa la`binyan.
  9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
    • בחור חתיך מחכה לך בחוץ.
    • bakhur khatikh mekhake lakh ba`khuts.
  10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
    • אשה יפה ביקשה ממני לתת לך את מספר הטלפון הזה.
    • isha yafa biksha mimeni latet lekha et mispar ha`telefon haze.
  11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
    • את יכולה לרדת למטה? יש לי משהו מיוחד בשבילך.
    • at yekhola laredet lemata? yesh li mashehu meyukhad bishvilekh.
  12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
    • תודה על מכתב האהבה שלך הבוקר. לעולם לא הייתי מנחשת שכך אתה מרגיש.
    • toda al mikhtav ha`ahava shelkha ha`boker. leolam lo haiti menakheshet she`kakh ata margish.

Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

Choose Bad or Good

Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Hebrew, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

Cockroach prank

1- Infestation

This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

3- Something Weird in the Restroom

At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

Funny Face

4- Call Me Funny

Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - XXX XXXXXXX - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

5- Minty Cookies

This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

6- Wild Shopping

At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

8- Sneeze On Me

Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

9- Word Play Repairs

Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

10- Scary Face

Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

11- Wake Up To Madness

Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

Computer Prank

12- Computer Prank

This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

13- Monster Under the Cup

This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

Door Prank

14- Prank Door

Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

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5 Ways to Profit from Your Mistakes While Learning Hebrew

5 Ways to Profit from Your Mistakes While Learning Hebrew

The fear of making mistakes is one of the biggest roadblocks to language learning. Out of all the discomforts that come with learning a foreign language nothing looms quite as daunting in the mind of a beginner.

It’s almost as if we’re hardwired to want perfection when we speak. However the reality is that mistakes are unavoidable. I’d even go so far as to say that they’re an integral part of the learning process.

But still we try are hardest to fight them, thinking that perhaps the key to learning rests in the flashiest method or the LiveFluent Hebrew course or HebrewPod101.

Think of small children who are just starting to learn English. They mispronounce words. They use words incorrectly, and their grammar is usually pretty lousy. Sometimes they even make up their own words. Research and academic opinion show that this is all a natural part of the process. If making mistakes made up such a huge part of learning our native language, why do you expect it to be any different when learning a foreign one?

In this post we’ll talk about five ways you profit from your mistakes while learning Hebrew. Because in the end mistakes shouldn’t be feared they should be welcomed. The more you make the faster you will learn.

1) Be humble

There’s no room for pride when you’re learning Hebrew. If you’re a beginner, native speakers will likely be very accommodating with your mistakes and slower reaction times during conversations. There’s no reason to be embarrassed. Remember that it’s a sign of respect to learn another person’s language. No one expects you to speak flawlessly right from the start. No on else with hold your mistakes against you, so make sure you don’t either.

2) Don’t play the comparison game

Whether it’s a native speaker or another Hebrew learner don’t make the mistake of comparing your progress to someone else’s. No doubt at the beginning there will be times when it feels like everyone is speaking perfect Hebrew while you’re left you in the dust.

Try not to get discouraged. It’s your race to run not theirs. Everyone has their story, their own reason and method for learning Hebrew. Comparing your progress to someone else’s is like well…comparing apples and oranges.

It’s easy to freak out when someone speaks perfectly while you’re struggling to make the most basic sentences. But don’t forget that while you can easily see someone else’s success, you’re much less likely to see the hard work that got them their. Every Hebrew speaker you meet had to learn the language at some point. Whether it was as a child or an adult they too had to wade through their mistakes before they could speak fluently.

Get feedback on your mistakes

3) Get feedback on your mistakes

Anytime you write or speak Hebrew try to get feedback from someone who speaks the language. I cannot stress this enough. You can make mistakes day and night, but if you’re never corrected they do you no good. You can’t learn from a mistake if you don’t know that it’s a mistake. Many in the language learning community hold that feedback is an integral part of the language acquisition process.

Encourage friends and language partners to correct your Hebrew anytime all the time. Worst case scenario you’ll make a mistake 100 times and get corrected 100 times. It might seem petty or frustrating, but it’s all worth it the 101st time when you finally remember your mistake and start speaking correctly.

Some mistakes will be easy to amend and you’ll adjust your Hebrew right away. Others might take awhile. Speaking a foreign language is a lot like juggling. There are a lot of moving pieces you have to keep in place. Whether it’s pronunciation, grammar, or vocabulary getting feedback on your effort will help refine your Hebrew until you feel comfortable in the language.

Listen to your brain

4) Listen to your brain

After all the practice and feedback, eventually you’ll start to notice that certain Hebrew words come to mind quicker than you have the chance to think about them. Instead of having to scan your brain for the latest “Hebrew word file”, you sort of instinctively come up with a word for a given sentence.

Don’t hesitate to blurt this word out. Sometimes it will be completely wrong. Other times it will be dead on. When words start coming to mind instinctively that means your brain is starting to get more and more used to using Hebrew. The incorrect words (I like to call them brain farts), are sort of like growing pains. You’ll have them for a little while but over time you’ll see them less and less until all of your instinctual words are correct (this is essentially fluency).

So don’t let the fear of making a mistake short circuit your brain’s natural learning process. Go with whatever word your brain gives you!

5) Never take the easy way out

If there are two ways to say what you want to say in Hebrew, one you know and are comfortable with, and the other you’re not sure off….use the one you’re least comfortable with. Purposely choose subjects and sentence constructions that are difficult for you. Don’t get complacent and fall into the trap of using the same phrase over and over again, or having the same type of conversation with a language partner.

You always want to push the boundaries. Think of it as lifting weights. If you only ever lift 20 lbs for 20 reps, you’re not likely to get stronger after a certain point. Eventually you have to increase the weight. When you do it’ll burn and it won’t be comfortable, but overtime your body will adapt and you will become stronger.

It’s the same with languages. Except in this case your brain is the muscle and the weights are the difficulty of the language.

6) Enjoy the language for its own sake

Small children not only make a ton of mistakes when they learn to speak, they also have a ton of fun. To them life and language are both one giant mysterious adventure. They aren’t worried about making progress, impressing people, or speaking perfectly.

Take a note from their playbook. Enjoy Hebrew as you learn it. Let your focus be on the beauty and magic of the language. Savor the times you get to use it. If you loosen up and enjoy the ride you will learn much faster.

Final thoughts

Mistakes are a powerful and indispensable part of learning a language. I hope this post inspired you to stop being afraid of them and start embracing them. This subtle change in outlook could mean the world to your Hebrew learning!

Hebrew Word of the Day - church (noun)

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כנסייה (kne’siya) church (noun)

להרבה נוצרים חשוב לבקר בכנסייה בכל יום ראשון.
Le-har’be nots’rim chashuv levaker ba-k’nesiya be-chol yom rishon.
Many Christians feel it is important to attend church every Sunday.

כנסייה לבנה
k’nesiya levana
white church

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Hebrew Word of the Day - fast food (noun)

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אוכל מהיר (ochel mahir) fast food (noun)

המבורגרים וצ’יפס נחשבים מזון מהיר.
Hamburgerim ve`chips nech`shavim mazon mahir.
Burgers and fries are considered fast food.

מדי פעם אני מתאווה למזון מהיר.
Midei pa’am ani mit’ave le`mazon mahir.
I crave fast food every once in a while.

ארוחת מזון מהיר
aru’khat mazon mahir
fast food meal

מסעדת מזון מהיר
mis’edet mazon mahir
fast food restaurant

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Hebrew Word of the Day - dye (verb)

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צבע (tzava) dye (verb)

הספר צובע את שיערה של האישה.
Ha’sapar tsove’a et se’ara shel ha-isha.
The hairdresser is dying the woman’s hair.

לצבוע שיער
litsbo’a se’ar
dye one’s hair

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Hebrew Word of the Day - eyebrow (noun)

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גבה (gabah) eyebrow (noun)

נשים תולשות את השיער בגבות לעיתים קרובות.
Nashim tol’shot et ha-se’ar ba’gabot le’itim kro’vot.
Women often pluck their eyebrow hairs.

גבה וריס
gaba ve-ris
eyebrow and eyelash

גבות עבות
gabot avot
thick eyebrows

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Hebrew Word of the Day - soap (noun)

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סבון (sabon) soap (noun)

הסבון כחול.
Ha`sabon ka`khol.
The bar of soap is blue.

סבון
sabon
bar of soap

סבונים
sabonim
bars of soap

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Hebrew Word of the Day - Wi-Fi (noun)

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אינטרנט אלחוטי (internet alchuti) Wi-Fi (noun)

המחשב הנייד שלי יכול להתחבר לאינטרנט על ידי שימוש באינטרנט אלחוטי.
Ha-makh’shev ha-nayad sheli yakhol lehit’khaber le-internet al yedei shimush be-internet al’khuti.
My laptop can connect to the Internet using Wi-Fi service where it is available.

נתב אינטרנט אלחוטי
natav internet al’khuti
Wi-Fi router

חיבור אינטרנט אלחוטי
khibur internet al’khuti
Wi-Fi Internet connection

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Hebrew Word of the Day - policeman (noun)

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שוטר (shoter) policeman (noun)

השוטר מתחקר את הנהג.
Ha-shoter metach’ker et ha-nahag.
The police officer is questioning the driver.

תפקיד השוטר הוא להגן ולשרת את הציבור.
Taf’kid ha-shoter hu le’hagen u-lesharet et ha-tzibur.
The job of a police officer is to protect and serve the public.

שוטר
shoter
police officer

שוטר במדים
shoter be-madim
police officer in uniform

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Hebrew Word of the Day - wipe (verb)

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ניגב (nigev) wipe (verb)

האיש מנגב את השולחן עם מטלית צהובה.
Ha-ish menagev et ha-shul’khan im mat’lit tsehuba.
The person is wiping the table with a yellow cloth.

ניגב עם מטלית
nigev im mat’lit
wipe with a rag

ניגב את השולחן עם מטלית
nigev et ha-shul’khan im mat’lit
wiping the table with a cloth

ניגב עם מגבת
nigev im magevet
wipe with a towel

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