ISRAELI MUSIC

We find the usage of music to be very important when learning Hebrew. Listening trains the ear to identify words and separate between them, and the music itself is a fantastic tool for memorization and expansion of the vocabulary. In each song we publish you can see the words, their translation and a working sheet you can download and fill in the missing words while listening.

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    אלינור || Elinore
    21/12/2017
    Zohar Argov, The First Mizrahi Singer To Enter The Israeli Mainstream. A (Master) Piece From His Debut Album. Argov Was Also Involved In Scandals - Spent Three Years In Prison, Fought A Drug Addiction And Eventually Committed Suicide. Great Song For All Levels.
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    שלוש ארבע לעבודה || Ready set work
    28/12/2017
    A Song By Arik Einstein. Like Many Songs Written By Einstein It Has Simple Lyrics About Existential Topics. It's A Good Listening Exercise For The Aleph Levels
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    בדיעבד || In Retrospect
    28/12/2017
    A song by Ariel Zilber and Dani Sanderson. A song about being smart in retrospect, about the Israeli know-it-allism in retrospect. It's a good listening exercise for the higher levels - Gimmel and above.
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    עכשיו || Now
    28/12/2017
    A song by Johnny Shuali, an Israeli singer-song writer. Known for his variety of styles - from pure romantic acoustic songs to heavy metal. This is one of the romantic ones. A good listening exercise for intermediate levels.
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    מה תאמרי || What Would You Say
    30/12/2017
    A Song By Singer/Songwriter Yizhar Ashdot. Started His Career As A Writer And Guitarist For The Influential Pop Band T-Slam. It's A Good Listening Exercise For Intermediate Levels, And Includes A Good Practice Of The Future Tense.
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    לא עובדת בשביל אף אחד || Not Working For Anyone
    30/12/2017
    A Song By The Israeli Pop Singer Si Heiman, From Her Debut Album. Considered To Be A Feminist Protest Song About Female Independence. The Video Is A Great Example Of The Israeli Interpretation Of The 1980'S Glamour. A Good Listening Exercise For Intermediate Levels.
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    יעקב || Jakob
    30/12/2017
    This is a song by the israeli pop group Laladin, named after the initials of the singers' names - Limor, Limor and Dina, and after the 1992 Disney film that rhymes with it. The song tells the biblical story of Jacob's ladder, combined with themes from the party culture that hit the charts in the mid 1990's around the world. It's a good listening exercise for the higher levels - Gimmel and above. Important vocabulary in this song: fall asleep disappear migrating sands gate angel ladder lodge to one's head place, position to your descendants נרדמו (להירדם) נעלמו (להיעלם) חולות נודדים שער מלאכים (מלאך) סולמות (סולם) ילן (ללון) מראשותיו מוצב (להציב) לזרעך Listen to the song and fill in the missing words in the sheet below: Download Now!Jacob Laladin All the people who fell asleep Party people in the house On the rocks in the desert Party people in the house They are the people who didn't come back Party people in the house They are the dreams that disappeared Party people in the house Jacob falls asleep on the migrating sands to the sky Between the clouds a gate opens the angels all call him "Jacob wake up, it's not too late, you're not alone in the world" But Jacob sleeps, sleeps and dreams, about ladders to the sky Hello Jacob Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Ok party people in the house Jacob falls asleep on the migrating sand ... יעקב ללדין כל האנשים שנרדמו אנשי המסיבה בבית על האבנים שבמדבר אנשי המסיבה בבית הם האנשים שלא חזרו אנשי המסיבה בבית הם החלומות שנעלמו אנשי המסיבה בבית יעקב נרדם על החולות הנודדים אל השמיים בין עננים שער נפתח המלאכים כולם קוראים לו "יעקב תקום, זה לא מאוחר, אתה לא לבד בעולם" אבל יעקב ישן, ישן וחולם, על סולמות אל השמיים הלו יעקב   ויצא יעקב מבאר שבע וילך חרנה ויפגע במקום וילן שם כי-בא השמש ויקח מאבני המקום וישם מראשותיו וישכב במקום ההוא, במקום ההוא ויחלום, והנה סולם מוצב ארצה וראשו מגיע השמימה והנה מלאכי אלוהים עולים ויורדים בו והנה יהוה ניצב עליו ויאמר אני יהוה אלוהי אברהם אביך ואלוהי יצחק הארץ אשר אתה שוכב עליה לך אתננה ולזרעך OK party people in the house יעקב נרדם על החולות ...
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    אחכה לך | I Will Wait For You
    24/01/2018
    This is a song by the pop band The Pure Souls, formed by ex-members of various israeli army bands, an interesting phenomena of its own. The song was released in 1973, during the Yom Kippur War, and the mellow tempo and battle metaphors made it a symbol of its era, though a closer look into the lyrics may reveal a different picture altogether. It's a good listening exercise for intermediate levels. Important vocabulary in this song: wait turn off sheet clear gather far away fog smoke edge float engrave secret pose (a question) battle battle field אחכה (לחכות) כבה (לכבות) סדין צח אסוף (לאסוף) הרחק ערפל עשן קצה שטה (לשוט) חרוט (לחרוט) סתר חדים (לחוד) להיאבק שדה קרב  Listen to the song and fill in the missing words in the sheet below: Download Now!I Will Wait For You The Pure Souls I will wait for you Turn off all the lights of your city And come to our corner Between clear and white sheets I will wait for you Gather me into you Far away in our fog Between red smoke and clouds I will wait for you I will wait for you at the edge of the evening Floating floating towards you, lover I will wait for you I will wait for you in the end of the road Take the tear and the pain away I will wait for you Engrave deep in your heart Our book of books That was written in the secret of secrets I will wait for you to breathe deeply into your neck Inside our love We only posing riddles but never solve I will wait for you To battle inside your body And so in our battle field To find my death with you, lover אחכה לך הנשמות הטהורות אחכה לך כבה את כל אורות עירך ובוא אל הפינה שלנו בין סדינים צחים ולבנים אחכה לך אסוף אותי אל תוכך הרחק בערפל שלנו בין עשן אדום ועננים אחכה לך אחכה לך בקצה הערב שטה שטה לקראתך, אוהב אחכה לך אחכה לך בסוף הדרך קח את הדמעה את הכאב אחכה לך חרוט עמוק בתוך ליבך את ספר הספרים שלנו שנכתב בסתר הסתרים אחכה לך לנשום עמוק את צווארך בתוך האהבה שלנו רק חדים חידות אך לא פותרים אחכה לך להיאבק בתוך גופך וכך בשדה הקרב שלנו את מותי למצוא איתך, אוהב