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4 May 2012 (Tagid li and Takshiv li)

May 4, 2012

Tagid li and Takshiv li are used quite often in conversations here in Israel.

I will even go so far as to say that on a typical day, about 80% of sentences spoken by my co-workers start with one of them.

Tagid li (תגיד לי) means “Tell me”. (Tagidi li when spoken to a female.)

Takshiv li (תקשיב לי) means “Listen to me”. (Takshivi li when spoken to a female.)

Both Tagid li and Takshiv li are conversation starters. In my observations, Tagid li is almost always added in front of a question. “Tagid li, when does the pool open?” for example.

Takshiv li is often reduced to just Takshiv (Listen) or emphasized stronger by the addition of tov (Listen carefully).

Now, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while (thanks!), you already know that Israelis very easily get into heated discussions. It’s actually not “heated” in most of their standards, it’s just the way they have conversation. Never mind that their voice levels very quickly reach my standard of shouting, but that’s just a norm for most of them too.

These discussions often sound like a ping pong match of Takshiv to me. A person will start, “Takshiv (listen)…” and sometimes the other person actually will. Then they will reply back with their own “Takshiv…”

But more often the case, the ping pong match rapidly turns fast and furious. Even before the first person finishes saying their “Takshiv” the other person has already hit back with their “Takshiv.” Translated in to English, the conversation will sound something like this:
“No, you listen!”
“No, you listen!!”

When the discussion and voice levels really get heated up, it’s time for “Takshiv tov.” Sometimes the other person will oblige, but often times it’s just the same as the prior case.
“Listen carefully!”
“No, you listen carefully!”
“No, you listen carefully!!”

In a country where many people do not seem to listen, it’s interesting that some of the most common used phrases are “Tell me” and “Listen to me”. These phrases also transfer over to when people talk to me in English. I wonder what the equivalent is in Japan… perhaps our beloved “Sumimasen (excuse me)”?

I hope you have a great weekend of telling and listening my friends,

タギッドゥ リ」と
タクシヴ リ」があります。


タギッドゥ リ (תגיד לי)」 は「私に教えて」とか「私に聞かせて」という意味。
(女性に対しては「タギッド 」)

タクシヴ リ (תקשיב לי)」 は「私の言うことを聞いて」という意味。
(女性に大しては「タクシヴ 」)

私の観察からは、質問はほとんどと言っていいほど「タギッドゥ リ」で始まります。
例えば「タギッドゥ リ、プールはいつからあいているのかな?」

タクシヴ リ」は大抵「タクシヴ(聞いて)」に省略されるか、




討論の内容と声のレベルがエスカレートすると「タクシヴ トーヴ」の出番です。

やっぱ「すみませ〜ん」ですかね? 笑


Much love,

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