19 Fascinating Hebrew Words That Don’t Have Any Direct Translation In English
The Hebrew language has many magnificent words that simply don’t hold the same greatness when translated to English. Here are 19 of them.
1. CHAVAL AL HAZMAN (חבל אל הזמן)
This phrase translates to “shame on the time.” It is used when referring to an amazing experience. It is like saying you could only wish for more time.
2. ANI META ALECHA (אני מתה עליך)
“I’m dead about you,” similar to saying “I’m crazy about you”.
3. TITCHADESH (תתחדשי)
This word translates to “be new.” It is used when someone purchases new clothing or has a new item. It is like saying “Enjoy your new thing.”
4. FIRGUN (פירגון)
It is to have a generous, unselfish spirit and a joy in the accomplishment of someone else. It is having an empathic joy for something good that has happened. It means to make someone feel good without having an alternative motive.
5. CHUTZPAH (חצפה)
A characteristic trait to describe someone with audacity, be it for good or bad. Now more commonly used to describe someone when they have crossed the line of acceptable behavior.
6. KOEV LI HALEV (כואב לי הלב)
The translation is “my heart hurts” and it is used as a form of showing empathy for something or someone. It is used to say you identify with the suffering of someone else so much that it causes your own heart to ache.
7. STAM (סתם)
The word can be used in several ways. It can be used like “just because,” “no reason,” or “just kidding.” It is for when something isn’t important.
8. DAVKA (דווקא)
It’s like saying despite expectations or when something is ironic or contrary to belief. The opposite of what is expected.
9. NESHAMA (נשמה)
A word used similarly to “sweetie” but it literally meaning “soul.” People say “neshama sheli” which means “my soul.” It is used often to both men and women. It is like saying you are so important to me that you are part of my soul.
10. L’ECOLE SRATIM (לאכול סרטים)
It means “to eat movies.” It’s like saying someone loves drama. Used for someone overdramatic
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