'It’s Not You, It’s Me:' A Look at Non-committal Hebrew

Guy Sharett takes us through how to say in Hebrew those non-committal phrases we all rely on from time to time.

"Let's stay in touch," "Something has to change," "It's not you, it's me" – all languages have these disingenuous, non-committal and empty phrases. So how do we say them in Hebrew?

Words and expressions discussed:

Ata achshav kvar lo muchan lehitchayev – אַתָּה עַכְשָיו כְּבָר לֹא מוּכָן לְהִתְחַיֵיב
Mechuyavoot - מְחוּיָיבוּת
Chayav – חַיָּיב
Mashehu chayav le-hishtanot –מָשֶהוּ חַיָּיב לְהִשְתַנוֹת
Ani chayav lalechet –אֲנִי חַיָּיב לָלֶכֶת
Kama ani chayav/ chayevet lecha? כמה אֲנִי חַיָּיב / חַיֶּיבֶת לְךָ? -
Nedaber me-halev – נְדַבֵּר מֵהַלֵּב
Az nedaber –אָז נְדַבֵּר
Daber iti – דַּבֵּר אִיתִי
Nihye bekesher –נִהיֵה בְּקֶשֶר
Ani rotsa lifgosh otcha spontani –אֲנִי רוֹצָה לְפְגוֹש אוֹתְךָ סְפּוֹנְטָנִי
Ani spontani -אֲנִי סְפּוֹנְטָנִי
Anachnu od nir’ee et ha-yamim ha-‘acherim –אֲנַחְנוּ עוֹד נִרְאֶה אֶת הַיָּמִים הָאֲחֵרִים
Tsochakim et ha-aviv, ha-ahavot, ha-neurim ve’et ha-dvarim asher shachachnu kvar eich hem nir’im- צוֹחֲקִים אֶת הָאָבִיב, הָאֲהָבוֹת, הַנְּעוּרִים וְאֶת הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֵׁר כְּבָר שָׁכַחנוּ אֵיךְ הֵם נִרְאִים

Playlist:

Sarit Hadad – Ha-ke’ev ha-ze
Ravi Shankar & George Harrison – Shanti Mantra
Yirmi Kaplan – Mashehu chayav le-hishtanot
Shlomo Artzi – Nedaber me-halev
Sarit Hadad – Chosevet Alecha
Lahakat Pikud Merkaz - Ha-yamim ha-acherim