StreetWise Hebrew Podcast: Catch Me If You Can!

Litpos in formal Hebrew and litfos more colloquially both mean 'to catch', but the word has a whirlwind of other meanings, like to comprehend, take up space, or think highly of someone

TLV1
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
File photo: Children play on a playground
File photo: Children play on a playgroundCredit: Luke Sharett/Bloomberg
TLV1

Click here for more StreetWise Hebrew Podcast episodes

Litpos in formal Hebrew and litfos more colloquially both mean 'to catch', but the word has a whirlwind of other meanings, like to comprehend, take up space, or think highly of someone. Guy nearly gets lost in the possibilities, and he even finds a Yiddish connection. But don't take his word for it!

Words and expressions discussed:

Af ahat lo tafsa et ha-makom sheli ba-lev shelcha – Nobody took my place in your heart – אף אחת לא תפסה את המקום שלי בלב שלך

Af ahat lo titpos et ha-makom sheli ba-lev shelcha – No one will catch my place in your heart – אף אחת לא תתפוס את המקום שלי בלב שלך

Titpos (form.), titfos (Coll.) – She will catch – תתפוס

Shum ahava lo titfos et mekoma – No love will take her place – שום אהבה לא תתפוס את מקומה

Titfos li makom leyadcha – Save me a spot next to you – תתפוס לי מקום לידך

At yechola litfos li makom leyadech? – Can you save a spot next to you? – ?את יכולה לתפוס לי מקום לידך

Al titfos oti ba-mila – Don’t take my word for it – אל תתפוס אותי במילה

Ma, od lo tafasta? – What, you still didn’t get it? – ?מה, עוד לא תפסת

Tafasti rosh al ha-bar – I was having a great time at the bar – תפסתי ראש על הבר

Tafasti merhak – I moved away – תפסתי מרחק

Tafasti otcha – Gotcha! (Tag, you're it!) – !תפסתי אותך

Tafasti oto al ham – I caught him red-handed – תפסתי אותו על חם

Tafasti atsabim – I got angry – תפסתי עצבים

Tafasti ometz – I mustered the courage – תפסתי אומץ

Ze lakach la ktsat zman litpos et ha-inyan – It took her some time to get it – זה לקח לה קצת זמן לתפוס את העניין

Tafas tahat – He thinks he’s someone big – תפס תחת

Hu tofes alai tahat – He's acting like my boss – הוא תופס עליי תחת

Tafas lo fraier / tafsa la fraier – He got himself a sucker / She got herself a sucker – הוא תפס לו פראייר /היא תפסה לה פראייר

Ha-shulhan tofes hatzi heder – The table takes up half the room – השולחן תופס חצי חדר

Lo hitzlachti litfos oto – I wasn't able to catch a hold of him – לא הצלחתי לתפוס אותו

Tafasti monit – I got a taxi – תפסתי מונית

Ze lo tafas – It didn't catch – זה לא תפס

Podkastim ze lo mashehu she-mamash tafas ba-aretz – Podcasts haven’t really caught on in Israel – פודקסטים זה לא משהו שממש תפס בארץ

Hi tofeset me-atsma – She thinks highly of herself – היא תופסת מעצמה

Ani ma-ze tofes mimena (Ani mahzik mimena) – I think really highly of her – אני מה-זה תופס ממנה, אני מחזיק ממנה

Hu ma-ze tofes me-atzmo – He really thinks highly of himself – הוא מה-זה תופס מעצמו

Yeladim mesahkim tofeset – Kids are playing “tag” – ילדים משחקים תופסת

Tafus – Occupied, taken, busy – תפוס

Slicha, ze tafus? – Is this (seat) taken? – ?סליחה, זה תפוס

Hitkasharti aval tafus kol ha-zman – I called but it’s busy all the time – התקשרתי אבל תפוס כל הזמן

Ze lo nitpas –Inconceivable – זה לא נתפס

Tfusa – Capacity, occupancy – תפוסה

Ahuzei tfusa – Occupancy rates – אחוזי תפוסה

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

ICYMI

Palestinians search through the rubble of a building in which Khaled Mansour, a top Islamic Jihad militant was killed following an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, southern Gaza strip, on Sunday.

Gazans Are Tired of Pointless Wars and Destruction, and Hamas Listens to Them

Trump and Netanyahu at the White House in Washington, in 2020.

Three Years Later, Israelis Find Out What Trump Really Thought of Netanyahu

German soldier.

The Rival Jewish Spies Who Almost Changed the Course of WWII

Rio. Not all Jewish men wear black hats.

What Does a Jew Look Like? The Brits Don't Seem to Know

Galon. “I’m coming to accomplish a specific mission: to increase Meretz’s strength and ensure that the party will not tread water around the electoral threshold. If Meretz will be large enough, it will be the basis for a Jewish-Arab partnership.” Daniel Tchetchik

'I Have No Illusions About Ending the Occupation, but the Government Needs the Left'

Soldiers using warfare devices made by the Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems.

Russia-Ukraine War Catapults Israeli Arms Industry to Global Stage