About This Show
A bite-sized podcast that discusses Modern Hebrew language gems. From slang to etymology, textual graffiti, Biblical idioms that are still around, influences from other languages, and other linguistic phenomena, host Guy Sharett shows us what we can learn about the Israeli psyche, society, and culture through its language.
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Meet the Patrons Part 2: The politically correct plumbers of Tel Aviv
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StreetWise Hebrew patrons in California, France, Austria, New York and more chat to our host Guy Sharett here in Tel Aviv. One of them has a son about to start his law studies at Yale University, so they discuss different ways of saying how proud we are of our children, including the important Hebrew word "nachat" ("naches" in Yiddish), meaning something like "proud pleasure." Guy then discusses the new language being used by Tel Aviv's politically correct plumbers; when they call you and want to talk to your husband or wife, they now ask "ha-bat-zug o ha-ben-zug ba-bayit?" - "is your female/male partner at home?" And the group talks about what dreams Guy has for the podcast, including the book he's working on. Guy says future plans "mitbashlim" - they're being "cooked" (as we say in Hebrew) - and that he has some "shiurei bayit" (homework) to do... Exclusive Content for Patrons