Don't Mess With My Shnatz! StreetWise Hebrew Podcast

How do we sleep in Hebrew? What about snoozes and power naps?

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How do we sleep in Hebrew? What about snoozes and power naps? Host Guy Sharett talks about our sacred shnatz, and introduces us to some very sleepy words.

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Words and expressions discussed:

Hu yashen – He’s asleep/sleeping – הוא ישן

Yashen, ra’ev, ayef, same’ach – Sleeping, hungry, tired, happy – ישן, רעב, עייף, שמח

Yeshena, yeshenim, yeshenot – Sleeping (f., sing.), sleeping (m., pl.), sleeping (f., pl.) – ישנה, ישנים, ישנות

Lishon – To sleep – לישון

Shoel “gam at yashant?” – I am asking “were you (f.) sleeping as well?” – “שואל “גם את ישנת

Yashnuni – Sleepy – ישנוני

Sheina – Sleep (noun) – שינה

Shnatz, shnat tsohorayim – Afternoon nap – שנ”צ, שנת צהריים

Ha-amuta le-kidum tarbut ha-shnatz be-israel – The association for promoting the culture of the shnatz in Israel – העמותה לקידום תרבות השנ”צ בישראל

Nedudei sheina – Insomnia – נדודי שינה

Nedudim – Wandering, travels – נדודים

Ha-koshi leheradem – The difficulty of falling asleep – הקושי להירדם

Arba lifnot boker lo nirdemet – 4am, I am not falling asleep – ארבע לפנות בוקר לא נרדמת

Ha-yefeifiya ha-nirdemet – The Sleeping Beauty – היפהפייה הנרדמת

Radum – Sleepy, drowsy – רדום

Tardemet – Coma – תרדמת

Lehardim – To put to sleep, to anesthetize – להרדים

Hardama – Anesthesia – הרדמה

Hardama mekomit – Local anesthesia – הרדמה מקומית

Murdam – Anesthetized – מורדם

Shir eres – Lullaby – שיר ערש

Num, numi, numu – Sleep (Imperative, m., f., pl.) – נום, נומי, נומו

Lanum – To sleep (archaic) – לנום

Tnuma – A nap – תנומה

Nimnum – A short nap – נמנום

Ten li lishon al ze – Let me sleep over it – תן לי לישון על זה

Yashen be-amida – You’re sleeping standing up (Do something!) – ישן בעמידה

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