What a Bummer: 23 Ways to Complain in Hebrew

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Yonatan Engler
Yonatan Engler

Having a moment? There’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to express it in Hebrew.

1. זֶה לֹא עוֹשֶׂה לִי טוֹב

Here’s a great excuse to get out of something.

Transliteration: zeh loh oh-seh lee tohv

Translation: This doesn’t do me well.

2. מָה אִכְפַּת לִי

When you just don’t care…

Transliteration: mah ech-paht lee

Translation: What do I care?

3. לֹא מְעַנְיֵן אוֹתִי

Don’t pretend it interests you.

Transliteration: loh meh-ahn-yen oh-tee

Translation: It doesn’t interest me.

4. לֹא הַטַּעַם שֶׁלִּי

Everyone has their own tastes.

Transliteration: loh hah-tah-ahm sheh-lee

Translation: not my cup of tea (literally: not my taste)

5. אֲנִי שׂוֹנֵא/ת

“Hate is a strong word.” — but when in doubt, pull it out.

Transliteration: ah-nee soh-neh (m), ah-nee soh-net (f)

Translation: I hate…

6. זֶה יוֹשֵׁב עָלַי

Gotta get away?

Transliteration: zeh yoh-shev ah-lie

Translation: It won’t let up. (Literally: It’s sitting on me.)

7. זֶה כָּבֵד

Some things are just a burden.

Transliteration: zeh kah-ved

Translation: It’s a downer. (Literally: It’s heavy.)

8. זֶה לֹא הַקֶּטַע שֶׁלִּי

To each their own.

Transliteration: zeh loh hah-keh-tah sheh-lee

Translation: It’s not my thing.

9. זֶה גָּדוֹל עָלַי

Sometimes it’s just too much.

Transliteration: zeh gah-dol ah-lie

Translation: It’s too much for me. (literally: It’s big on me.)

10. זֶה לֹא מְדַבֵּר אֵלַי

Speak the truth.

Transliteration: zeh loh meh-dah-ber eh-lie

Translation: It doesn’t speak to me.

11. לֹא מַתְאִים לִי

If it doesn’t fit, you must’a quit.

Transliteration: loh mah-teem lee

Translation: not for me (Literally: It doesn’t fit me.)

12. נוּ בֶּאֱמֶת

I got up for one second…

Transliteration: noo beh-eh-met

Translation: Come on, really?

13. לָמָּה כָּכָה

I just don’t understand you, what you’re saying, and why you’re telling me this.

Transliteration: lah-mah kah-chah

Translation: Why this way?

14. אוּף

We’re not sure if this is a sound or a word, but it’s definitely a legitimate form of expressing your frustration.

Transliteration: oof

Translation: ugh

15. אֵיזֶה בָּאסָה

There’s nothing worse than this.

Transliteration: ey-zeh bah-sah

Translation: what a bummer

16. דַּי כְּבָר

It’s my way or the highway.

Transliteration: die k’var

Translation: enough already

17. לֹא יְאוּמָן

I am shocked and appalled!

Transliteration: loh yeh-oo-mahn

Translation: unbelievable

18. לֹא רוֹצֶה / רוֹצָה

You stand NO chance.

Transliteration: loh roh-tze (m) / loh roh-tzah (f)

Translation: I don’t want to.

19. אוֹי וַאֲבוֹי

Is this really happening to me?

Transliteration: oy vah-voy

Translation: Oh no

20. אֵיזֶה מְעַצְבֵּן

See the door? See yourself out.

Transliteration: eyze meh-atz-ben

Translation: How annoying

21. זֶה מַגְעִיל אוֹתִי

Nope, not happening.

Transliteration: zeh mah-geel oh-tee

Translation: It’s disgusting

22. לֹא לַחֲפֹור

I’d rather be digging holes than be listening to you.

Transliteration: loh lahch-for

Translation: Don’t bore me (literally: don’t dig)

23. זֶה מְבָאֵס אוֹתִי

There’s nothing worse that what you’re doing right now.

Transliteration: zeh meh-vah-es oh-tee

Translation: This is killing my vibe.


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