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Hi, everybody! Welcome to Weekly Hebrew Words. I’m Idit, and today we’re going to talk about Food.
(basar) “meat”
הרגע יצאתי מהחדר כושר, אני רעבה לבשר
(harega yatsati mehacheder cosher, ani re'eva lebasar)
“I just got out of the gym. I'm hungry for meat.”
I don’t know. Has this happened to you like when you just finished a really good workout and what you’re hungry for is like protein? Yeah, meat sometimes. You can’t avoid it. You just need it right?
פירות ים
(perot yam) “seafood”
אני לא אוכלת פירות ים, אני שומרת כשרות
(ani lo ochelet perot yam ani shomeret kashrut)
“I don't eat seafood; I keep kosher.”
You really have to - when you go to restaurants in Israel like you really have to notice if they’re kosher or not. Most of them are.
(orez) “rice”
אני לא מצליחה להכין אורז כמו שצריך, אני צריכה להתקשר לאמא שלי
(ani lo matslicha lehachin orez kmo shetsarich, ani tsricha lehitkasher leima sheli)
“I can't make rice properly. I need to call my mom.”
I don’t know like in Asia, most of the countries have those rice cookers. In Israel, it’s not quite so common and also the type of rice is different because it’s more long and hard so you cook just in a pot and if you don’t really have experience doing it, it’s really easy to mess it up. The first few times - a lot of few times that I tried to cook rice, I really messed it up and I was like calling my mom like, “Mom, can you tell me how to make rice?”
(lechem) “bread”
יש לכם אולי לחם ללא גלוטן
(yesh lachem ulay lechem lelo gluten?)
“Do you maybe have gluten-free bread?”
When you have a food allergy in Israel, people would most probably like a hundred percent accommodate you because it’s very common and gluten-free bread is very, very simple.
לחם גלוטן
(lechem lelo gluten)
(uga) “cake”
היה לי קשה יום קשה, אני צריכה עוגה
(haya li yom kashe, ani tsricha uga)
“I had such a rough day; I need a cake.”
Please, cake, yes, one of my favorite things. And also, a custom I guess in a lot of places is to make a birthday cake obviously for kids who have birthdays. In Israel, it’s most of the time like the same kind of rectangular chocolate cake with some Funfetti on the top and candles. Honestly, like that’s the best cake you can have.
So thanks, everybody! This was this week’s weekly words about food. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite food is. My favorite food is any type of Thai food. So yeah, share to me like what’s your favorite dish and what’s your favorite cuisine and I’ll see you all next week for more Hebrew words. Don’t forget to check out HebrewPod101 for more content and more Hebrew and see you next week. Bye!


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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Which word do you like the most?

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Saturday at 12:42 AM
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Hi Yitzchak,

Thanks for posting, I hope I manage to make it all clear 😅

Yes, exactly. For example, one could say "זה הפרח האהוב עלי" (this is my favorite flower).



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Wednesday at 08:09 AM
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Thank you.

So, you're saying that האהוב עלי is used on it's own?

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Sunday at 10:17 PM
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Hi Yitzchak,

Thanks for posting.

No Worries - I'm sure it's already developing and that it'll only get better within time 😄👍

These are basically synonyms, a few ways to say the same thing... all are used quite similarly I'd say, there's no preference to either one as far as I could guess...



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Friday at 04:07 AM
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Thank you. I'm looking forward to developing that intuition in Hebrew.

I noticed that in your example sentences for using "האהוב עליי" you either added יותר מכל or ביותר. Does that mean to say that האהוב עלי on its own isn't used?

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Thursday at 08:05 PM
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Hi Yitzchak,

Thanks for your comment on this.

Yes and no. "my favorite" could be translated as "האהוב עליי" or "המועדף עליי", but when you phrase this sentence by opening it with "I think that...", it makes more sense to say is in the active form ("אין לי מאכל אהוב") and not in the passive ("המאכל אהוב עלי").

Removing the "I think" part, we could rephrase it as "אבל אין מאכל שאהוב עליי ביותר..." or "אבל אין מאכל שאהוב עליי יותר מכל..."

Is it clear? This is not a simple issue to comprehend and it has a lot to do with developing a certain intuition for the language regarding the proper phrasing, which may take time, so no worries if this is not yet 100% clear 😉



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Monday at 08:32 PM
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For some reason I thought 'אהוב עליי' is a way of saying 'my favorite [something]'. Is it, and just for some reason not appropriate in this sentence? Or is it not ever a a correct translation?

Thank you for the help


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Monday at 12:39 AM
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Hi YItzchak,

Thanks for posting and sharing your work! great job! 😄

Please note a few small typos - marked with **:

אני אוהב הרבה סוגי אוכל, אבל אני חושב *שאין לי מאכל אהוב*.

אני ממש *נהנה* מאוכל ישראלי. *לטעמי* הבשר *בארץ* לא טוב כמו בשר אמריקאי, אבל כל זמן שאני יכול לקבל שווארמה כשבא לי אני *שמח*!

Please let us know if you need further clarification or in case you have any questions 👍



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Thursday at 02:42 AM
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אני אוהב הרבה סוגי אוכל, אבל אני חושב שאין שהאהוב עליי.

אני ממש מהנה מאוכל ישראלי. מצאתי שהבשר בהארץ לא טוב כמו בשר אמריקאי, אבל כל זמן שאני יכול לקבל שווארמה כשבא לי אני אשמח!

I like lots of kinds of foods, but I don't think I have a favorite.

I really like Israeli food. I find that meat in Israel isn't as good as American meat, but as long as I can get a shawarma whenever I feel like it I'm happy.


Saturday at 09:50 PM
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Hi קנדרה,

Thanks for posting and for sharing!

Keep up the great work 👍



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Monday at 06:55 AM
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המילה האהובה עלי היא ׳לחם׳