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17 Must-Know Hebrew Slang Words

You'll impress any Israeli with this list of words.

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1. Sababa

Cool, chill, alright, or right on
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Cool, chill, alright, or right on

2. Le'echol Sratim

The literal translation is "to eat movies" but when you say it to someone, it means they love drama, they're acting crazy, or they think there's an issue when in fact there is not.
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The literal translation is "to eat movies" but when you say it to someone, it means they love drama, they're acting crazy, or they think there's an issue when in fact there is not.

3. Gadol

It literally translates to "big" but in slang it means awesome.
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It literally translates to "big" but in slang it means awesome.

4. Balagan

Mess
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Mess

5. Yalla & Yalla Balagan

Yalla - Let's go! Yalla Balagan - Let's go all out!
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Yalla - Let's go! Yalla Balagan - Let's go all out!

6. Chai B'Seret

Literal translation is "living in a movie" and is used to mean someone is being unrealistic
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Literal translation is "living in a movie" and is used to mean someone is being unrealistic

7. Tachles

The bottom line
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The bottom line

8. Neshama, Motek & Mami

Relationship-related names; Neshama - soul, Motek - sweetheart, Mami - baby
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Relationship-related names; Neshama - soul, Motek - sweetheart, Mami - baby

9. Achi, Gever & Chabibi

Achi - bro, Gever - man ("Ezeh Gever" - what a guy!), Chabibi - dude
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Achi - bro, Gever - man ("Ezeh Gever" - what a guy!), Chabibi - dude

10. Combina

An "under the table" or "off the record" deal
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An "under the table" or "off the record" deal

11. Yesh!

Yes! or #winning
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Yes! or #winning

12. C'iloo & Legamre

C'iloo - like, Legamre - totally
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C'iloo - like, Legamre - totally

13. Leezrom

Literal translation is "to flow" but in slang it means to go with the flow
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Literal translation is "to flow" but in slang it means to go with the flow

14. Magniv & Achla

Cool
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Cool

15. Arsim & Frechot

The equivalent of these fine people (arsim is for guys and frechot is for girls)
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The equivalent of these fine people (arsim is for guys and frechot is for girls)

16. Lachfor

Literal translation is "to dig" but in slang it means someone who talks too much
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Literal translation is "to dig" but in slang it means someone who talks too much

17. Chaval Al Hazman

Literally translates to "waste of time" but in slang it means the best thing ever (you know, like Taglit-Birthright Israel with Israel Experience)
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Literally translates to "waste of time" but in slang it means the best thing ever (you know, like Taglit-Birthright Israel with Israel Experience)

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