Common Hebrew Phrases in English Transliteration

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Acharei Aruchat Hatzohorayim After Lunch
Acharei Hatzohorayim In the Afternoon
Ad HaErev Until this Evening (response upon departing
Ad Machar Until Tomorrow (response upon departing)
Ad Me’ah Ve’Esrim Shanah! May You Live to be 120!
Af Al Pi Cain Despite That it is So; In Spite of it All
A”H – Acronym for Alav HaShalom (masc.); Aleha HaShalom (fem.) May Peace be upon Him / Her
Ain Davar K’Zeh There is No Such Thing; Drop it, it Doesn’t Exist
Al Lo Devar You’re Welcome
Al Tedag Don’t Worry
Alav HaShalom May Peace be Upon Him
Ani Etkasher Ele’cha I’ll Call You
Ani Koreh Ivrit, Aval Lo Medaber (masc.) I Read Hebrew but do not Speak
Ani Koreh VeKotev, Aval Lo Medaber (fem.) I Read Hebrew but do not Speak
Ani LeDodi ve Dodi Li I am My Beloved’s and My Beloved is Mine
Ani Lo Mevin (masc.) Ani Lo Mevinah (fem.) I Do Not Understand
Ani Lo Mevin Otcha (masc.) Ani Lo Mevin Otach (fem.) I Don’t Understand You
Ani Lo Yode’a (masc.) Ani Lo Yoda’at (fem.) I Don’t Know
Ani Medaber Ivrit (masc.) Ani Medaberet Ivrit (fem.) I Speak Hebrew
Ani Mitzta’er (masc.) Ani Mitzta’eret (fem.) I’m Sorry
Ani Ohev Otach (masc.) Ani Ohevet Otcha (fem.) I love You
Ani Tzarich Lalechet Achshav I Must Go Now
Ani Yode’a Ivrit (masc.) Ani Yoda’at Ivrit (fem.) I Know Hebrew
Aruchat Boker Breakfast
Aruchat Erev Dinner
Aruchat Tzohorayim Lunch
Atah Lo Mevin (masc.) At Lo Mevina’ (fem.) You Don’t Understand
Atah Lo Tzodek (masc.) Ata Lo Tzodeket (fem.) You are Wrong
Atah Medaber Ivrit? (masc.) At Medaberet Ivrit? (fem.) Do You Speak Hebrew?  Responses:
Me’at – A Little
Ken, Me’At – Yes, a Little
Me’at Me’od – Very Little
Rak Me’at – Just a Little
Lo, Ani Lo Medaber (masc.) – No, I do not Speak
Atah Mevine? (masc.) At Mevina’? (fem.) Do You Understand?
Atah Mevin Ivrit? (masc.) At Mevinah et Hamilim (fem.) Do You Understand Hebrew?; Do You Understand the Words?  Response:
Ken, Ani Mevinah et Hamilim (fem.) – Yes, I understand the words;
Ani Mevin et Hamilim, Aval lo et Hamishpat (masc.) – I understand the words, but not the sentence;
Ani Mevin, Aval lo Medaber (masc.) – I understand but do not speak
Atah Tzodek (masc.) At Tzodeket (fem.) You Are Right
Atar Chev’rati Social Networking Site
Az Mah? So What?
Azov Oti Leave Me (Alone)
Azoi? Really?
Azru Li! Help Me!
   
B  
Baal Bayit Owner
BaBoker In the Morning
Bachur (masc.) Bachurah (fem.) Young Man; Young Woman
Ba Li I Felt / Feel Like it
Bari veShalem Safe and Sound
Baruch HaBah! (pl. Bruchim haBaim) Welcome!
Baruch HaShem Thank G-d
Batu’ach? Are You Sure?
B’Ahavah With Love
BS”D (Aramaic – B’Siyata D’Shamaya) With the Help of Heaven / G-d
Bechol’zot Nevertheless
B’Ezrat HaShem (BE”H) With G-d’s Help
Behatzlacha Good Luck!; All the Best!
Bekarov Soon
Bekarov Etzlech Soon So Shall It Be By You (reponse to someone wishing you a Mazel Tov)
B’li Ayin Hara Without an Evil Eye
Bemeshech HaYom During the Day
Beratzon With Pleasure
Berishonah In the First Place
B’Seder All Right
Besha’a Zu At the Present Time
B’Simcha Tamid Happy Aways
Be’tach! Sure!
B’teavon With Appetite; equivalent to “bon appetit!”
BeTodah Me-Rosh Thank You in Advance
Bevakasha Please (or your welcome)
Bevakasha et Zeh This, Please
Bivracha In Blessing
Bli Safek Without a Doubt
Boker Tov Good Morning
Bracha veHazlaha Blessing and Much Success
Bruchim HaBa’im Blessed are Those Who Come (to you and your family; Welcome
   
D  
Dan Lekaf Zechut To Judge on the Scale of Merit
Dash Cham (al. Dahsh Chahm) Warm Regards
Derech Eretz Way of the Land
Do’ar Mahir Express Mail
Dolar Amerikai American Dollar
Drishat Shalom (D”SH; DASH) Regards; Kind Regards; Greetings (response upon departing
Drishat Shalom LaMishpacha Regards to the Family (response upon departing)
Drishat Shalom Le Give My Regards to…
   
E  
Efshar Possible
Eich Omrim et Zeh Be’ (Anglit) How Do You Say This in (English)?
Eich Ze? How is It?
Effo? Where Is?
Effo Atah Gar? Where Do You Live?
Effo Ha’Sherutim? Where is the Bathroom?
Elu? Which Ones?
Ein Ba’aya! Its Nothing!
Ein Be’ayot No Problems
Ein Brerah No Choice
Ein Li Klum (Ein li Shum Davar) I Don’t Have Anything; I Have Nothing
Eize Sug? Which Type?
Eretz Yisrael Land of Israel
Erev Tov Good Evening
Eyno Is Not
   
G  
Galui Le-Ayin Perceptible to the Eye; Visible; Obvious; Noticeable; Detectable; Evident
Gam ZuLeTovah This is for the Good (best)
Gisha Le-Internet Internet Access
Gut Shabbes! (Yiddish) Good Sabbath!
Gut Yontev! (Yiddish) Good Holiday!
Gut Yontiff! (Yiddish) Good Holiday!
   
H  
Hakol All
Hakol Beseder? Is Everything OK?
HaKol Le Tova! Everything is for the Best!
Halach Im Go With
Halavai Would that it Came True!
Harbe Zman Lo Hitra’enu Long Time No See
HaRishon (Shel HaChodesh) The First (Day of the Month)
HaRosh Mistovev My Head is Spinning
Har’Beh A Lot; Many; Much
Hashgacha Pratis Divine Providence
Hatzlacha Rabbah! Much Success! (as a greeting – Good Luck!)
Havarah Ashkenazit Ashkenazi Pronunciation of Hebrew – current in some Diaspora circles
Havarah Sefaradit Sephardi Pronunciation of Hebrew – current pronunciation in Israel
HaYakar (masc.) HaY’Karah (fem.) Dear; Beloved
Haya Naim Me’od Its Been a Pleasure (greeting at departing)
Herim Yad Raise One’s Hand
Hoda’ah Tekstit Text Message
   
I  
Ihulim Levaviim Best Wishes
Ichulim Greetings
Im Shachar At Dawn
Ish Man
Isha Woman
Ishti My Wife
Iton Newspaper; Periodical
   
K  
Kacha Kacha So So
Kacha HaChayim That’s Life; That’s the Way it Goes
Kamah Zeh O’leh? How Much Does This Cost?
Kar Li It is Cold to Me; I Feel Cold
Karov Rachok A Distant Relative
Kar’tis Ash’ra’i Credit Card
Kazeh (masc.) Kazot (fem.) Like This
Ke’ev Rosh Headache
Kein Eina Hara (al. Kennahara) No Evil Eye
Ken Yes
Ketivah veChasimah Tovah LeShanah Tovah May You Be Inscribed in the Book of Life for a Good Year
Kvetch Complain
Klal Yisrael Community of Israel; All Israel; the entire Jewish People
Kol HaKavod! All the Honor!; All The Respect; All Right!; Great!; Good Job!
Kol Tuv All the Best
Kotel Ma’aravi Western Wall
Ktzat Little; a Little
   
KH (CH)  
Chag Kasher veSame’ach Pesach! Happy & Kosher Passover Festival!
Chag Same’ach! Happy Festival!; Joyous Festival!; Happy Holidays!
Chalomot Tovim Sweet Dreams
Cham Li It is Hot to Me; I Feel Hot
Chas veChalilah! G-d Beware!; G-d Forbid!
Chas veShalom! G-d Forbid!
Chaval Al Hazman It’s a Waste of Time and Don’t Waste Your Time. It’s cool, or extremely great. We’re wasting our time talking about it; just go and see it or do it for yourself! 
Chek Tayarim Travelers Check
Chochem Wise Man; A Wise Guy (slang)
Chodesh Tov A Good Month
Chodesh Tov uMevorach A Good and Blessed Month
Chom Guf Body Temperature
Chozer Bitshuvah A Jew Who has Become Religious
Chutzpah Audacity; Utter Nerve
   
L  
La’azor To Help
Lachshov She To Think That…
Lachzor Habayita To Return Home
Ladredet Sheleg To Snow
Lailah Tov Goodnight
Lagur, Lehitgorer To Live, To Reside
Lakachat To Take
Lakachat Chelek To Take Part
Lakivun Hahu That Way
Lariv To Fight
Lashevet To Sit
Lashon Harah Evil Tongue; Forbidden Speach
Lasim To Put
Latet et HaKol Go All Out; Full On
Le’acher To Be Late
Le’an AtahNose’a? Where Are You Going?
Le’asher To Comfirm
Lechaber To Attach
Lechapes To Search For
LeChayim! To Life!
Ledave’ach To Report
Lehafsid To Lose Out; To Lose
Lehamir To Change (from a transaction)
Leharim Et HaKol To Raise or Lift One’s Voice; To Shout
Lehatchil Belimudim To Start Lessons
Lehavin To Understand
Lehibachen To Test; To Take a Test
Lehirakev, Lehitkalkel To Get Rotten, To Go Bad
Lehitorer To Wake Up
Lehitra’ot See You Later; See You Again; See You Soon; So Long
Lehitya’etz Im Rofe To Consult a Doctor
Lehityaker To Go Up In Price
Lehitztanen Catch a Cold
Lehitra’ot BaErev I’ll See You in the Evening (response upon departing)
Lehosif To Add
Lemale To Fill Out
Lenatze’ach, Lizkot Attain, To Win
Lesames To Text
Leshahek To Hiccup
LeShaim Shamayim For the Sake of Heaven
LeShanah Tovah For a Good Year
Levaker Krovey Mishpacha To Visit Relatives
Lichora As it Appears; Apparently; On the Face of it
Lichroa To Squat
Lidchof To Push
Lifgosh To Meet
Lifnei Shnatayim The Year Before Last
Lihiyot Ba’al Dea To Have an Opinion
Lihiyot Male To be Full
Likfotz To Jump
Limroach Krem To Apply (a cream)
Limtoach To Stretch
Liskhor To Rent
Lischot To Swim
Litfor To Sew
Litzboa To Paint
Livkot To Cry (tears)
Lizkor To Remember
Lo No; Not
Lo Adkani Out of Date
Lo Ba Li I Don’t Feel Like it
Lo Bediyuk Not Exactly
Lo BeshiMush Not in Use; Not Working
Lo Kol Kach Not So Good; Not So Much
Lo Ra Not Bad
Lu’ach Blackboard
   
M  
Ma? What?
Macher A Big Shot; Man with Contacts
Mach’leket Nosim Economy Class
Mach’shev Nayad Laptop
Madaf S’farim Bookshelf
Magiyah Lo To Him it Should be Received; He Deserves it
Maher Quickly
Mah Atah O’mer? What are You Saying?
Mah Hainyaim? What’s the News?
Mah Hasha’ah? What Time is it?
Mah Hashem Shelcha? What’s Your Name? (response: Hashem sheli “My name is _____ )
Mah Lecha? What’s it to You?
Mah Nishmah? What is Heard?; What’s New? (response: Lo Kelum”Nothing”
Mah Shlomecha? (masc.) Mah Shlomech? (fem.) How are You? (responses: uMah Shlomecha / Shlomech? orv’Atah? “and How are You?;
Tov Me’od, Todah “Very Well, Thanks”;
Tov Todah “Fine / Good, Thanks”;
BeSeder, B”H “Fine, Baruch HaShem”
Mah Shlom’chem? (masc. plural) Mah Shlom’chen? (fem. plural) How are You?
Ma Shim’cha? What’s your Name?
Mah Yesh? What Do You Have?; What’s the Matter?; What’s the Problem?
Mah Zeh? What is This?
Marat Married Woman; Mrs.
Maslul Beinleumi International Route
Matayim Two Hundred
Mazel uBracha! (Yiddish – Mazel und Brucha) Blessings and Congratulations!
Mazel Tov! Congratulations!
Me’ah Achuz For Sure; 100% Certain
Me’at A Little
Mechiah A Great Feeling; Relief
Mah Chadash? What’s New? (response: Ein Chadash “Nothing’s New”
Mench A Nice Gentleman; Good Person; Good Jew
Meshuga Crazy
Metzuyan! Perfect!
Meyabesh Se’ar Hair Dryer
Meytav Halchulim! Best Wishes!
MiDei Pa’Am From Time to Time
Mitzta’er I’m Sorry
Mivta Ashkenazi Ashkenazi Acent
Mivta Sefardi Sephardic Accent
Mivta Yisraeli Israeli Accent
Mo’adim LeSimcha! (Sefardic) Happy Holiday / Festival; Times for Joy; Seasons of Joy
Motza’ei Shabbat Saturday Evening; Night after Shabbat
   
N  
Naim Me’od It’s a Pleasure; Pleased to Meet You (greeting at meeting)
Nasi Chevra President (of a company)
Nehedar, Yo’fi Wonderful, Great
Neshomeleh Sweet Soul; Sweetheart; Darling
Nesia Tovah Have a Good Trip
Neyar Devek Scotch Tape
Neyar Tu’alet Toilet Paper
Niftar (masc.) Nifterah (fem.) Died; Passed Away
Niyar Tishu Tissue Paper
Nolad (masc.) Noldah (fem.) Born
Nu? (Yiddish) So?; Well?
   
O  
Ochel Yapani Japanese Food
Ofano’a Motorcycle
Or Adom Red Light
   
P  
Pach Ash’pah Garbage Pail
Pachot O Yoter Not Far Off; Approximately
Panah Be-Pinah Turn a Corner
Pasey Rakevet Train Track
Pelefon Cell Phone
   
R  
Rachmana Litzlon! Heaven Forbid!
Rah Me’od Very Bad
Rakevet Mekomit Local Train
Rav Todah! Many Thanks!
Refuah Shleimah! (May You Have) a Complete Recovery!
Regah One Moment
Rishayon Nehiga Driver’s License
Rosh Chodesh First of the Month
   
S  
Sa’arah B’Kos Mayim Making a Big Deal Out of Nothing
Savlanut! Patience!
Se’ar Blondini Blonde Hair
Se’ar Shachor Black Hair
Selicha Pardon
Selach Li Excuse Me
Sfaradit Spanish
Sicha Mekomit Local Phone Call (within the city)
   
SH  
Sha’ar Gate; Ticket Gate
Shabbat Shalom Lekulam Good Sabbath to Everyone
Shabbat Shalom uMevorach A Peaceful and Blessed Sabbath
Shalom Peace; Hello; Goodbye
Shalom uv’racha Peace and Blessing
Shanah (Shanim, pl.) Year (Years)
Shanah Tovah! Happy New Year!
Sha’on Me’orer Alarm Clock
Shavua Tov (Yiddish “Gut Vach”) Good Week
Sheka Power Socket
Sheket! Quiet
Shkoyach! Thanks!
Sherut Hashkama Wake Up Service
Shlomi’ Tov I’m Fine
Shmi My Name is
Shomrei Mitzvot Keeper of the Commandments; the Orthodox; Observant Jews; Abiding by all rules and regulations.
Shul’chan Mit’bach Kitchen Table
   
T  
Ta’amin Li! Believe (to) Me; (Just) Believe Me!
Tihye Ba’ri Be Healthy
Titkasher’ Elai! Call Me!
Titchadesh (masc.); Titchadshi (fem) Wear it well! (Said when buying new clothing)
Todah Thank You
Todah Lailah Tov Thanks, Goodnight
Todah Rabbah Thank You Very Much
Todah veShalom Thank You and Goodbye
Tov Me’od Todah Very Well, Thanks
Tov Todah Ok, Thank You
Tuchal La’azor Li? Can You Help Me?
Tzad Mizrachi East Side
Tzaharaim Tovim Good Afternoon (response upon departing)
Tzarfatit French
Tzimchoni Vegetarian
Tzipor Ktana Small Bird
Tzom Kal May You Have an Easy Fast
   
U  
Ulai Perhaps
Umot HaOlam Nations of the World
   
V  
Vadai, beVadai! Of Course!
   
Y  
Yasher Koach! Thanks. Literally, “May You Have Strength!”
Yetzuyat Cherum Emergency Exit
Yihyeh BeSeder It Will be in Order; Everything Will be Ok; It Will all Work Out
Yom; Yamim Day; Days
Yomayim Two Days
Yom HaShabbat The Day of Sabbath; The Sabbath Day
Yom Huledet Birthday
Yom Huledet Same’ach! Happy Birthday!
Yom Meunan Cloudy Day
Yom Tov A good Day (applied to the Festivals)
Yoter More
   
Z  
Zakain (masc.) Zekainah (fem.) Old
Zakan Beard
Zechrono L’Vracha May His Memory Be For Blessing
Zechut Avot Merit of the Fathers
Zeh Chashuv Its Important
Zeh HaKol That’s it
Zeh Klum! It’s Nothing!
Zeh Lo Meshane It Doesn’t Matter
Zeh Mah Sheyesh This is What There is; There is No More
Zeh Mean’yen It’s Interesting
Zeh Mesukan It’s Dangerous
ZK”L – Acronym for Zecher Kadosh Livracha May the Memory of the Saintly be for Blessing; for a saintly martyr (including those murdered by enemies of the Jews)
Zmanim Moderni’im Modern Times
Z”L – Acronym for Zichrono Livracha, masc.; Zichronah Livracha, fem. Of Blessed Memory; or May His/Her Memory be for Blessing (for a non-rabbinical figure)
Zot Omeret In Other Words
ZT”L / ZTz”L – Acronym for Zecher Tzaddik Livracha May the Memory of the Righteous be for Blessing

 

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