Hebrew Vocabulary: Show-business!

Because the show must go on! Even during a global pandemic like the one we are going through, the show must go on. What would our lives be like if we didn’t have the entertainment of Netflix or Amazon Prime during these weeks of lockdown?

We are sure you’ve had the chance to watch more than one Israeli TV show during this period of isolation, and we are also positive that while doing so, you wished you’ve known more Hebrew than the one you currently have. How close did we get to the truth?

Well, in this short article we will teach you some of the most important Hebrew words from showbusiness. It is time to expand your Hebrew vocabulary with these words related to that field of life we love so much.

It is time for the applause to go to yourself… but not just yet! Only when you finish mastering all the Hebrew words we are going to teach you in 3… 2…1… action!

Hebrew words related to cinema, theater and show business!

See? You are already smiling and pretending to be an actor or actress. No, there is no need to adjust your hair or makeup to go over these Hebrew words, but if you want to take some notes to not forget what we teach you here, that’s totally cool.

In case you don’t want to take any notes and come back to this Hebrew vocabulary article whenever you want, that’s also fine… the article will be always here waiting for you, and for your learning hunger.

So, ready to learn all the show business Hebrew words? Let’s go!

Cinema: Cinema in Hebrew is קולנוע, it is pronounced kol-noah, and one of the most exciting ones is located on the road between Tel Aviv and Herzliya. It is called “Cinema City” and thanks to the multiple movie characters they have all over their building, it can be an exciting experience for you and your kids.

Theater: Theater in Hebrew is a very nice word. Extremely similar to English, by the way. It is written תיאטרון and it is pronounced tea-ah-tron. HaBima, one of the most gorgeous theaters in Tel Aviv, holds amazing shows and plays you cannot miss on your next visit to the Land of Milk and Honey. True, there is a lot to do in Tel Aviv, but if you have some time to learn Hebrew before your trip, come watch a play at HaBima. Totally worth it…

Actor/Actress: What a lovely profession! Interpreting well written roles and giving your whole self to give life to some outstanding characters. Amazing, isn’t it? Actor in Hebrew is שַׂחְקָן, and it is pronounced sach-kahn. Actress, on the other hand is שַׂחְקָנִית and it is pronounced sach-kah-neat.

Funny story, the player of a sports team, is also called either שחקן or שחקנית. At the end of the day, it is all about playing… right?

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Film/Movie: Movie in Hebrew is סרט, and it is pronounced seh-ret. Not so long ago, we told you about some of the best Israeli movies out there. In order to understand how the Israeli society works, thinks and lives, there is much more to do than just learning some Hebrew in an encouraging online course… you need to watch some local movies, listen to Israeli music, and mainly… talk a lot to Israelis. Movies can definitely help!

Director: Director in Hebrew is בִּמַאִי, and it is pronounced bah-mah-e. There are numerous amazing Israeli directors. Actually, when we talked about the best Israeli comedians we mentioned someone who is also a very good TV director: Adir Miller.

An Israeli בִּמַאִי named Nadav Lapid won the top prize at the Berlin Festival last year for his film “Synonyms”. And just like him, there are many other talented directors in our beautiful country.

Camera: Camera in Hebrew is מצלמה, and it is pronounced mah-tzleh-mah. Although cellphones have phenomenal cameras, and there are even “smartphone camera” categories in some film festivals, the cameras used in cinema or TV are bigger, more accurate and way more technologically advanced than the ones you have in your phone. Just so you know, a camera to take pictures, has also the same name as the one Spielberg uses to record his movies.

Script: All movies have scripts, all TV series have scripts too. But how do you say script in Hebrew? Well, script in Hebrew is תַסרִיט, and it is pronounced tah-sreet. Did you know that some of the best scenes in some of the most praiseworthy movies were actually improvised by the actors and were never part of the original תַסרִיט? Well, now you do!

It is time to learn some Hebrew: Action!

The time to learn Hebrew is now. There are several benefits you can get from learning the language Eliezer Ben Yehuda modernized. You can now learn Hebrew in a live, online course with extraordinary instructors and classmates just like you, from all over the world.

What are you waiting for? Hebrew is just around the corner; learning it or not it is totally up to you.

About the author

Arie Elbelman R.Arie was born and raised in Chile, and immigrated to Israel in his early twenties. He wants to take an active role in the development of this young and smart country. Arie believes that the best way to shape our present and future is to live with more horizontal hierarchies, to smile a whole lot, and to always, always respect each other.

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