Exploring Hebrew's Mellowest, Sloppiest Corner

Careless improvisation is a well-developed art in Israel. The Hebrew word for it- itself an improvisation of sorts- is the focus of this episode of StreetWise Hebrew.

Keep calm and carry on
Keep calm and carry on

What is the meaning of the most useful word chafif, which language did we get it from, and how do you make the most of it in your Hebrew slang? And there’s a verb, too, lechafef.

Words and expressions:
Chafif - חָפִיף
Damo Kh'fif - דָמוֹ חָ’פִיף
Take life chafif - קְחוּ חָפִיף את החַיִים
Chafifnik - חָפִיפְנִיק
Chafifnikiut - חָפִיפְנִיקִיוּת
Lechafef, chifafta, mechafef - לְחַפֵף, חִיפַפְתָ, מְחַפֵף
Mechufaf - מְחוּפָף

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