Streetwise Hebrew

Streetwise Hebrew


A bite-size podcast showcasing modern Hebrew and its slang. Host Guy Sharett explains what we can learn about Israeli psyche, society, and culture through the Hebrew language.

It’s asked as a question but it’s actually a statement: ?תחזיק רגע That’s how we ask a friend to hold our bags while we run into another store to buy something. And how would we say, “I think highly of him” (or not so highly)?

Guy explains.

Check Out the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon

New Words and Expressions:

Tachzik/tachziki/tachziku rega – Hold this for a sec. – תחזיק/תחזיקי/תחזיקו רגע

‘Tachzik rega neshama’ – Hold it for a sec., darling – תחזיק רגע, נשמה

Tachzik shniya – Hold it for a sec. – תחזיק שנייה

Tachziku oti! – hold me, guys! – תחזיקו אותי

Tachziki/tachzik ma’amad – Hang in there – תחזיקי/תחזיק מעמד

Lehachzik yadaim – To hold hands – להחזיק ידיים

Lehachzik hazak – To hold tight – להחזיק חזק

Tachzik/tachziki/tachziku hazak – Hold tight – תחזיק/תחזיקי/תחזיקו חזק

Lehachzik mi-mishehu – To think highly of someone – להחזיק ממישהו

Ani machzik mimcha ish hagun – I respect you as a sincere person – אני מחזיק ממך איש הגון

Ani machzik mimech isha inteligentit – I see you as an intelligent woman – אני מחזיק ממך אישה אינטליגנטית

[Ani machzik mi-someone + Noun]

Davka mimena ani machzik – Actually it is her that I look up to – דווקא ממנה אני מחזיק

Hu ma-ze machzik me-atsmo – He is so full of himself – הוא מה-זה מחזיק מעצמו

Hi ma-ze machzika me-atsma – She is so full of herself – היא מה-זה מחזיקה מעצמה

Hu machzik me-atsmo minimum elohim – He thinks he’s no less than god himself – הוא מחזיק מעצמו מינימום אלוהים

Ani lo machzik mimeno mi-yode’a-ma – I don’t think too highly of him – אני לא מחזיק ממנו מי-יודע-מה

Lehachzik mishehu katsar – To keep someone on a tight leash – להחזיק מישהו קצר

Af echad lo machzik otcha po be-koach – Nobody is keeping you here against your will – אף אחד לא מחזיק אותך פה בכוח

Machzik maftechot – Keyholder – מחזיק מפתחות

Machzikei maftechot – Keyholders – מחזיקי מפתחות

Eich lehachin machzikei maftechot be-tsurat perot – How to make fruit-shaped keyholders – איך להכין מחזיקי מפתחות בצורת פירות

Hu muchzak be-ma’atsar – He is in a police detention center – הוא מוחזק במעצר

Ha-gav muchzak – The back is ‘held’ – הגב מוחזק

Ha-beten muchzeket – The stomach is held – הבטן מוחזקת

Ve-hakol muchzak – And everything is “held” – והכל מוחזק

Playlist and Clips:

Tachzik rega, neshama (commercial)

Ha-hatser ha-achorit – Kol ha-optsiyot al ha-shulchan (lyrics)

Mercedes Band – Tachziki Ma’amad

Daniel Salomon – Adif(lyrics)

Maor Titon – Tachzik Hazak

Ania Bukstein – Af echad (lyrics)

Machzikei Maftachot – Key holders

Yitzhak Klepter – Machzik Ma’amad(lyrics)

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