If you can understand the following sentence you are doing a great job on your Hebrew acquisition: The kablan was at the apartment doing shputzim so I grabbed some mishmishim for fruit snack, told the kids to get their bimbas, and headed the park for awhile. If this sentence is a bit cryptic I advise going back to The Aliyah Files #13: Essential Hebrew Part I and reviewing the new words. Don’t despair, you’ll get the hang of it. Trust me. Ready for Part II? Here we go:
- Rega (REH-ga)-wait. Example: Rega! I’m on the phone. Don’t interrupt me!” “Rega” is generally said with the accompanying hand gesture.
- Savlanut (sav-la-NOOT)-patience. Example: You need lots of salvalnut when dealing with government agencies. Ironically, the ones who tell you to have savlanut are the ones keeping you waiting in the first place.
- Die (DIE) – Enough/stop it! Think Passover “Dayenu”. You will hear kids shouting this at each other. It’s shocking at first until you realize kids aren’t wishing death on each other.
- Kishta (KISH-ta) -“Go away!” shouted to stray cats. Example: Kishta! Get out from under my car! I have never heard the phrase used to tell people to go away.
- Mirpeset (meer-PEH-set)-a balcony. Example: Does the apartment come with a mirpeset?
- Kupa (coo PAH) Not “cuppa, like cuppa Joe). A health fund. There are four to choose from: Clalit, Leumit, Meuchedet, Maccabi. Example: Which kupa do you belong to?
- Terem (TARE em) An urgent care center for medical emergencies. Not a hospital. Example: Little Moshe tripped and needed to go to Terem to get his chin glued.
- Hanaya (ha-na-YA)-parking lot. Example: The kids were riding their bimbas in the hanaya. Note: You will get used to this. Seeing infant seats in the front seats of cars also takes getting used to.
- Yad 2 (Yad SHTEIM)-1. second-hand Example: I bought a pair of Michael Kors gold sneakers Yad 2 for 10 shekel (true story). 2. A website where you can look for apartments, used cars, used furniture, etc. A great resource to familiarize yourself with. http://www.yad2.co.il/
- Acamol/ Neurophen (ak-a- MOLE) / (NOOR-o-fen)-Acamol=Tylenol. Nurofen=Motrin/Ibuprofen. Example: I have such a headache. I need some Nurofen because the Acamol isn’t strong enough.
Thanks for reading and welcome to all the new and soon-to-be new arrivals! Please share this post if you found it helpful.
Karen, The Klutter Koach