The 10 Best Hebrew Slang Words

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With thanks to iKonnect for this guest post!


Remember the good old days of Hebrew School? Turns out that is not how Israelis actually talk, like at all.

No need to panic, we got your back with these awesome Hebrew slang words.

      1. Sababa- סבבה

Literal translation: cool, great

Sababa is one of the most commonly used words in Hebrew, it can also be pronounced as sababi or sababush (because Israelis like to add “ush” to the end of EVERYTHING).


     2. Yalla- יאללה

Literal translation: let’s go or ok, cool

Yalla can be used as a way to say c’mon, you got this, let’s go, or if you’re ever trying to get rid of someone: Yalla, bye.


       3. Stam- סתם

Literal translation: Just kidding, nothing, no specific reason, just ‘cuz, whatever, or really anytime you forget what you’re trying to say.

We think Static and Ben El Tavori say it best. 


       4. Achi- אחי

Literal translation: my brother

Used as a way to say: dude, bro, or hey there person whose name I do not know.


     5. Chai B’Seret- חי בסרט

Literal translation: living in a movie

This refers to anyone who has unrealistic expectations or is living in a fantasy world.


     6. Tachles- תכלס

Literal translation: in reality, bottom line

Used in a sentence, “I know we think we’re going to go out Saturday night, but tachles we’re going to wear pajamas and binge-watch Netflix.”


     7. Shtuyot Bamitz- שטויות במיץ

Literal translation: nonsense in juice

Used when speaking about something that is total nonsense. For example, this phrase is shtuyot bmitz!


     8 Goel Nefesh- גועל נפש

Literal translation: redeemer of the soul

Practically, the phrase is used to describe a situation that makes you sick/want to vomit.


     9. Achla- אחלה

Literal translation: awesome, great

This word is used to describe anything that is amazing. For example: Achla’s hummus is achla.


     10. Chavlaz- חבל”ז

Literal translation: shame on the time (we know, it makes no sense)

Probably the most confusing phrase in the Hebrew language, chavlaz is an acronym for chaval al hazman. But how is it used in modern Hebrew? It is actually a positive phrase, meaning anything that was completely worthwhile, totally awesome.

Example: The prizes from iKonnect are chavlaz (chaval al hazman)!



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