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.
- 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.
- shiputzim-Home renovation. example: The neighbors are doing shiputzim in their kitchen.
- kablan (ka-blan)-handyman. example: Can you recommend a reasonably-priced kablan to do shiputzim?
- 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.
- Bimba. A child’s riding toy. The Cozy Coupe could also be categorized as a Bimba.
- 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.
- 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.
- Soragim (so-rah-gim)-window bars. example: Does the apartment come with soragim?
- trissim (tree-sim)-Window blinds. example: It’s too sunny in the salon. Close the trissim.
- reshet-net. example: Those pesky pigeons made a hole in the reshet and I needed to call an exterminator.
Thanks for reading and welcome to all the new and soon-to-be new arrivals!
Karen, The Klutter Koach