Hebrew Vocabulary: Things we all have at home

Our homes are full of things we use every single day. We have them all around: in the kitchen, in the bathroom, in our own bedrooms, and in the living room. In this article, we expand your Hebrew vocabulary by learning 8 new Hebrew words!

These words will be very useful once you either move to Israel or when you come visit the land of milk and honey. These everyday Hebrew words are simple, fun, and easy to learn, and you can teach them to your kids and other family members.

One great recommendation is to stick signs next to these elements with their Hebrew names and start naming them in Hebrew. This little exercise, done every day, can enable you to become fluent faster than you think.

In the paragraphs to come, you’ll be one step closer. In just a few moments, you will learn 8 new Hebrew words that can (and should) change the way you approach the language of our ancestors. Keep in mind that Hebrew is an ancient language, and many words have been adapted to modern times… Moses never had a TV, yet Israeli’s have a word for it.

It is time to learn… are you ready? Because, ladies and gentlemen, we are!

Everyday items and their Hebrew names!

We know there are multiple ways to learn Hebrew in a fun, engaging way. Besides the phenomenal Hebrew courses offered by the Rosen School of Hebrew, there is a wide variety of things you can do to learn the language of King David. A great idea is to watch Israeli TV series on Netflix, in their original language and even with Hebrew subtitles. Have you tried that before?

Another thing you can do is listen to Israeli music. The best Israeli musical hits of 2020, for example, could help you gain more vocabulary and become fluent in no time.

That being said, a really effective way to learn Hebrew is to tag some elements around your house with their Hebrew name and pronunciation. That is why we are here today. Be ready to learn a bunch of new Hebrew words, because these new words will help you when at home in Israel, or when doing your groceries in the local Israeli supermarket.

Toilet paper: We all need toilet paper in our lives. But, how do you say toilet paper in Hebrew? A nice approach would be pronouncing “toilet” in French and adding the Hebrew word for ‘paper’ just before. Toilet paper is נייר טואלט, and it is pronounced “nee-yar too-ah-let”. And don’t you worry! You’ll see how fast you will learn.

Paper towel: Another kind of paper we use almost every day, is the one we use in the kitchen to either clean, or to separate the schnitzels we’ve just prepared. Paper towel in Hebrew is מגבת נייר and it is pronounced “mah-geh-vet nee-yar”.

Fork: Either during breakfast, lunch or dinner, at some point of the day you are going to use a fork. In Hebrew, fork is מזלג and it is pronounced “mah-zleg”. You can find them in many different styles and sizes, and if you go to one of the top-notch restaurants in Tel Aviv, you might be able to use some very luxurious ones.

Spoon: You can use a spoon to feed your little babies, add ingredients to your matzah ball soup, or add some sugar to your coffee. Endless uses for one thing we all have at home. Spoon in Hebrew is כף and it is pronounced “kahf”.

Peeler: You just bought some tasty fruits and need a peeler to prepare a delicious “fruit salad plate”, well… if you do this in Israel the taste might be even better! In Israel, fruits are just delightful. But, do you know how to say “peeler” in Hebrew so you can actually make the ultimate fruit salad? In Hebrew, peeler is קוֹלְפָּן, and it is pronounced “kol-fan”.

Pizza Cutter Wheel: We all love pizza! Now, if you want pineapple on your pizza or not… that’s a totally different conversation. When the time to cut the slices arrives, you will need a cutter wheel, but how do you even say that in Hebrew? In Hebrew, a pizza cutter wheel is called גלגל חיתוך and it is pronounced “gal-gal chee-tuch”.

Light switch: Lights on, lights off! When nighttime arrives, and natural sunlight is already gone, it is time to turn on the lights! But, how do we do that? Unless you have a smart-home or a light-activation system via clapping, you’ll have to go to your light switch, and in Hebrew that is called מתג אור and pronounced “meh-teg or”.

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It is time to learn some Hebrew!

Learning Hebrew has never been so easy, enjoyable, and accessible. You can now learn the language of our patriarchs and matriarchs from the comfort of your own desk. In the live and online Hebrew courses offered by the Rosen School of Hebrew you’ll meet the best-trained instructors available, and a bunch of classmates from all over the world.

Give yourself a present. Learn a new language today, and reach new heights tomorrow. Hebrew is just around the corner, and now 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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