The Aliyah Files #13: Essential Hebrew Part I

Whether or not you go to ulpan (ool-pan) (intensive classes where you learn Hebrew), here are some essential words you will want to learn ASAP. The teacher in me knows that introducing too many vocabulary words at one time will be overwhelming so here are ten words for starters. Refer to this list below as you acclimate to your new language.

  1.  sponja (spun-ja)-The method of washing the floor with floor soap and a squeegie.  Mop? Swiffer?  Not here.  example: The floor is so sticky and dirty I must do sponja.    Related image
  2. shiputzim-Home renovation. example: The neighbors are doing shiputzim in their kitchen.
  3. kablan (ka-blan)-handyman.  example: Can you recommend a reasonably-priced kablan to do shiputzim?                                                                                    Image result for ‫שיפוצים‬‎
  4. Dud shemesh (dood shem-esh).  Water is heated by the sun with solar panels.  If it is cloudy or cold you can heat the water with electricity.  example: It’s cloudy today.  Please turn on the dud shemesh for me because I want to shower in 20 minutes and want hot water.                                                                             Image result for ‫דוד שמש‬‎
  5. Bimba.  A child’s riding toy.                                           Image result for ‫בימבה‬‎                                                                              The Cozy Coupe could also be categorized as a Bimba.
  6. mishmishim and go-goim.  Mishmishim are apricots and go-goim are the stones of the fruit.  Once the fruit is in season, kids play a game with the go-goim.                                           Image result for ‫גוגואים‬‎
  7. Rav Kav.  A bus pass. A credit-card sized piece of plastic you re-fill with money to ride the buses. (You can also pay cash). You need to get your photo taken which will be located in the white square.                               Image result for ‫רב קב‬‎
  8. Soragim (so-rah-gim)-window bars. example: Does the apartment come with soragim?                                                                             Image result for ‫סורגים‬‎
  9. trissim (tree-sim)-Window blinds. example:  It’s too sunny in the salon.  Close the trissim.                                                                              Image result for ‫תריסים‬‎
  10. reshet-net.  example: Those pesky pigeons made a hole in the reshet and I needed to call an exterminator.                                                                   Image result for ‫רשת‬‎


Thanks for reading and welcome to all the new and soon-to-be new arrivals!

Karen, The Klutter Koach

Published by Karen Furman

Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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