Saturday, September 18, 2021

Language & Phrasebook in Israel

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Israel’s official languages are Hebrew and Arabic. The most widely spoken language is Hebrew, with Arabic being spoken by 20% of the population.

The most widely studied foreign language in Israel is English, which is taught in schools from an early age. Almost everyone you encounter on the street will be able to converse in English with you. All street and road signage (as well as many others) have both English and Hebrew and Arabic names.

In the 1990s, massive immigration from the former Soviet Union attracted a significant number of Russian-speaking immigrants. Romanian, French, German, Polish, Amharic, and Spanish are among the other languages spoken in Israel, reflecting the various ethnic backgrounds of Israelis. Yiddish, an Eastern-European Germanic Jewish language, is spoken by some of the elderly and ultra-orthodox members of the community. In central Israel, foreign laborers from China, the Philippines, Thailand, and other Asian nations may be seen everywhere. In transportation hubs, like as the Tel Aviv central bus station, you may hear a mix of a dozen languages whether riding buses, trains, or strolling.

Words of Arabic provenance are frequently used in Hebrew slang. “Walla?” for example. “Yalla!” (Is that correct?) (Come on, let’s get moving! ), “Sababa” (excellent), “Akhla” (excellent), “Sachbak” (friend), and a slew of others. Military language, which is second nature to many Israelis, has a big influence on street discourse.

The majority of foreign television shows and films are produced in the United States, and they are nearly always shown in their native language with subtitles. Only children’s shows are subtitled in Hebrew.