Eurovision 2019 is nothing short of the event of the year in Tel Aviv. Here’s a list of Hebrew words that will have you feeling and sounding like a local!
1. I’m not your toy.
Thanks to Netta Barzilai’s victory last year with her song “Toy,” Tel Aviv is hosting the 2019 Eurovision!
2. Front and center
The Eurovision stage is located at Park HaYarkon.
Keywords: בַּמָּה, הוֹפָעָה
Translation: stage, concert
Transliteration: bah-mah, hoh-fah-ah
Insider Tip: לְהוֹפִיעַ (the verb of הוֹפָעָה) means both “to perform” and “to appear/show up.”
3. I love your outfit!
Aside from the amazing songs, Eurovision is a place for countries to show off their fashion.
Keywords: תִּלְבֹּושֶׁת, אוֹפְנָּהּ
Translation: outfit, fashion
Transliteration: teel-boh-shet, ohf-nah
Insider Tip: Fashion comes from the same root as the word “bicycle” – אוֹפַנַיִם (oh-fah-nai-eem), from the root א-פ-נ – because they both have cycles!
4. Shabbat shalom!
Nothing says Israeli hospitality like a Friday evening dinner.
Keywords: אֲרוּחַת שִׁשִּׁי, לְאָרֵחַ
Translation: Friday dinner, to host
Transliteration: ar-oo-chaht shee-shee, leh-ah-rey-ahch
Insider Tip: Both the word “dinner” and “to host” come from the same root: א-ר-ח
5. Why all the traffic?
Want some help getting around the traffic? Try taking a scooter, or in Hebrew, קוֹרְקִינֵט (kor-kee-net).
Translation: traffic jam
Insider Tip: The word for traffic jam and wine cork are the same in Hebrew, because a wine cork is jammed into the neck of a bottle.
6. Paparazzi everywhere
Funny enough, this year’s Eurovision sponsor – MyHeritage – turned the “red carpet” orange to match their brand’s color.
Keywords: שָׁטִיחַ אָדֹום, מַצְלֵמָה
Translation: red carpet, camera
Transliteration: shah-tee-ahch ah-dohm, matz-leh-mah
7. Who’s going to win?
Will Israel repeat two years in a row?
Keywords: לִזְכּוֹת, תַּחֲרוּת
Translation: to win, competition
Transliteration: leez-koht, tah-chah-root
Insider Tip: Don’t confuse the word לְנַצֵחַ (leh-nah-tzey-ahch – to win a game) with לִזְכּוֹת (to win a competition or award).
8. Watch the final round May 18th, at 21:00 IST.
Only 20 will make it to the final. Who will win?
Keywords: שִׁידּוּר חַי, גְּמָר
Translation: live broadcast, final round
Transliteration: shee-door, g’mar
9. Represent your country!
41 countries are participating in this year’s contest, but who’s counting?
Keywords: לְיַצֵּג, אֶרֶץ
Translation: to represent, country
Transliteration: leh-yah-tzeg, meh-dee-nah
Insider Tip: The words for “to represent” and “to display” – לְהַצִּיג (leh-hah-tzeeg) – both come from the same root: י-צ-ג
10. Tourists, everywhere!
Tel Aviv has seen about 10,000 tourists arrive for the Eurovision week.
Keywords: תַּיָּר (m) / תַּיֶּרֶת (f)
Transliteration: tah-yar (m) / tah-yer-et (f)
11. Duz Puah!
The result of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will be decided for 50 percent by the public, and for 50 percent by a group of music industry professionals.
Keywords: שׁוֹפֵט (m) / שׁוֹפֶטֶת (f)
Transliteration: shoh-fet (m) / shoh-fet-et (f)
Insider Tip: The words for “to judge” (לִשְׁפּוֹט – leesh-poht) and “sentence” (מִשׁפָּט – meesh-paht) both come from the same root: ש-פ-ט.