Useful Hebrew Phrases With No Translation
1. Sababa (סבבה)
Used as “cool” “awesome” “OK” “good” or “great”.
It is a very “chill” word and you can use it in sentences like:
Are you sababa?
Do you want to see a movie? –Sababa
It was really sababa
If someone starts speaking Hebrew to you, just repeat saying sababa and they will think you are a native speaker
2. Kaparah (כפרה)
This is how you call someone you care about a friend, a relative or a romantic partner. There is no way to translate, it just a nickname that shows affection and it is very nice to use.
3. Hazuy (הזוי)
A combination of “weird” and “surprising”. Used in sentences like:
It was so hazuy! (I did not expect that, it was really weird)
That person is just hazuy (that person is super weird)
4. shna’z (שנ”צ)
The phrase “noon nap” squeezed into one word. You use it when you say you are going to take a shna’z, or more commonly in Hebrew, you are going to “bang” a shna’z
5. Lefargen (לפרגן)
A verb for when you are happy in someone’s success, you are proud of them, congratulating them and happy they succeeded.
6. Khofer/et (חופר/ת)
Kh is Pronounced ch/kh/h with the back of your throat, like you are choking on food. Khofer/et is used when someone is talking and talking way too much and you feel like they are digging a hole in your brain. That person is Khofer if it is a boy, or Khoferet if it is a girl. It literally means digging.
7. Baasa (באסה)
When something is very disappointing or sad you describe your feelings towards it by saying “such baasa”
When you are feeling down you can also say that you are in a baasa.
8. Mazal Tov (מזל טוב)
This phrase is very famous. It means good luck, but not like when you wish someone to have a good luck. When it is someone’s birthday, when someone succeeds in something, when they reach an achievement, get married, have a baby and many more occasions, you congratulate them by saying mazal tov
9. Da’sh (ד”ש)
It is a phrase saying “greeting hello” shortened to one word. When you talk to someone who is going to talk to a person you care about, or is on the phone with a person you care about, you tell them to send that person a Da’sh so that the person will know that you think of him/her and care about him/her.
10. Yallah (יאללה)
This phrase is in Arabic but it is used in Hebrew so often that I thought it is appropriate to add it to the list. It means “let’s go” “come one” or “hurry up”. As Israeli are very impatient people (in a good way) they use this phrase a lot.