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לְדַגְדֵּג

Are you ticklish? Hebrew doesn’t have a word for it exactly – rather, when playing with kids (or adults) we skip the question altogether and just use the verb לדגדג
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to tickle.

For example:

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לילי, אני אדגדג אותך…

Lily, I’m gonna (I will) tickle you…

You may be looking at this four-letter root of לדגדג – the letters ד.ג.ד.ג
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– and drawing all sorts of conclusions about fish (דג
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means fish), but the truth is that this word comes from Arabic, where the g sound is represented by a letter completely unrelated to the Hebrew ג
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.

For practice conjugating this פיעל verb, watch today’s video.

 

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LEARNING TIPS

Hebrew beginners

Watch with English captions a few times, then with Hebrew captions, then without captions, and see what you understand.

Intermediate learners

Watch without captions, pausing to write down what you hear (even if it sounds like gibberish). Then watch with Hebrew captions to correct yourself. Then with English to confirm you understood everything.

Advanced learners

Watch without captions, then with Hebrew captions, then with English as necessary.

תעתיק של הכתוביות בעברית

אהלן חברים
במילה “לדגדג” יש שורש של ארבע אותייות
ד.ג.ד.ג
אבל המילה נכנסת לרובריקה
של בניין פיעל
ולכן, בעבר
אני…
דגדגתי
אתם…
דגדגתם
הוא…
דגדג
אנחנו עכשיו…
מדגדגים
בעתיד, אנחנו…
נדגדג
והיא…
תדגדג אותו
טוב, זהו חברים, להתראות

 

Transcript of English subtitles

Hi friends
the word לדגדג – to tickle, has a root of four letters
ד.ג.ד.ג
but the word falls under the rubric
of the Piel verb structure
and therefore, in the past…
I…
דגדגתי
you guys…
דגדגתם
he…
דגדג
we are now…
מדגדגים
in the future, we…
נדגדג
and she …
תדגדג – will tickle him
okay, that’s all friends, see you later