Crazy Hebrew for Crazy Days / StreetWise Hebrew Podcast

Let's talk about how we drive someone crazy in Hebrew.

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We are going through some yamim meshugaim – “crazy days” – in Israel at the moment, so let’s talk about how we drive someone crazy in Hebrew (something we cook to perfection!). Host Guy Sharett promises a special sanity episode once things get back to normal.

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Words and expressions discussed:

Yamim meshugaim – Crazy days – ימים משוגעים

Meshuga – Crazy – משוגע

Pgu’a nefesh – Mentally ill – פגוע נפש

Leshage’a – To drive someone crazy – לשגע

Ze ha-erev ha-ze ha-meshge’a – It’s this terrific evening – זה הערב הזה המשגע

Meshgea – Wonderful, terrific, smashing – משגע

Hu meshage’a et kulan – He drives everybody (f. pl.) crazy – הוא משגע את כולן

Al teshag’i oti – Don’t drive me crazy – אל תשגעי אותי

Shige’a – He drove crazy – שיגע

Ha-bachura shelcha, hi rak shig’ah otcha – Your girl, she only drove you crazy – הבחורה שלך, היא רק שיגעה אותך

Ba’al ha-bayit hishtag’ea – The owner lost his mind – בעל הבית השתגע

Yesh tipot shel shiga’on beinenu – There are drops of insanity between us – יש טיפות של שיגעון בינינו

Shiga’on – Craziness/groovy – שיגעון

Shaga’at, Tarefet – Craziness – שגעת, טרפת

Kor’im leze shaga’at, kor’im le-ze tarefet – One calls it craziness, one calls it insanity – קוראים לזה שגעת, קוראים לזה טרפת

Metoraf – Crazy – מטורף

Meshuge (Yiddish) – Crazy – משוגע

Shaja-a (Arabic) – He encouraged – שג’ע – شجع

Tashji’a (Arabic) – Encouragement – תשג’יע – تشجيع

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