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Tired of answering with “Tov/Lo Tov”? Hereโ€™s 5 Ways To Spice Your Feedback In Style!

Tired of answering with “Tov/Lo Tov”? Hereโ€™s 5 Ways To Spice Your Feedback In Style!

Itโ€™s difficult to acquire and naturally use new vocabulary in Hebrew. Admit it- we usually use the same words over and over againโ€ฆ At Ulpan Integraliah, we discovered a disease called “Tov / Lo Tov” syndrome. Most Olim answer about 90% of the questions we ask them using “Tov” or “Lo Tov”. Some examples :
-How is the meal ? Tov
-How are you today ? Tov
-What do you think of this dress ? Ze Tov

Today, we suggest that instead of answering with the usual answer, you choose other words, slang, or expressions which will move you closer to speaking like an Israeli without changing the meaning of your answer ! Letโ€™s go.

#1 – At a restaurant

If the service of the restaurant is nice, your waiter will ask you what you think of the meal and the dishes that were served.
Server asks: ืื™ืš ื”ืื•ื›ืœ ืฉืœื›ื (ekh ha’okhel shelakhem)
Response to avoid:
ื–ื” ื˜ื•ื‘
Response to adopt (option 1): ื–ื” ื˜ืขื™ื – ze taim (good – delicious)
Response to adopt (option 2): ื”ืื•ื›ืœ ืžืžืฉ ืื—ืœื” (top)

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#2 – After a show

You went to a concert (ื”ื•ืคืขื”) of Omer Adam or Idan Raichel and the following day, your friends ask you how it went.
Question: ืื™ืš ื”ื™ื” ืืชืžื•ืœ ื‘ื”ื•ืคืขื”? (ekh aya etmol baโ€™ofaa)
Answer to avoid: ื”ื™ื” ื˜ื•ื‘
Response to adopt (option 1): ื”ื™ื” ืžื’ื ื™ื‘!
Response to adopt (option 2): ื”ื™ื” ืื—ืœื”! (great)

3 # – After starting a new job

You have started a new job and find yourself at the family dinner for the first time since. Everyone asks you how your new job is going.
Question: ืื™ืš ื”ื•ืœืš ื‘ืขื‘ื•ื“ื”? (ekh olekh baโ€™avoda)
Response to avoid: ื”ื•ืœืš ื˜ื•ื‘
Response to adopt (option 1): ื”ื•ืœืš ืžืฆื•ื™ื™ืŸ
Response to adopt (option 2): ื—ื‘ืœ ืขืœ ื”ื–ืžืŸ! (great, exceptional)

#4 – Date!

You have met someone and your best friend wants to know what you think of that special personโ€ฆ
Question: ืื™ืš ื”ื•ื / ื”ื™ื? (ekh hou / hi)
Response to avoid:
ื”ื•ื ื˜ื•ื‘ / ื”ื™ื ื˜ื•ื‘ื”
Response to adopt: ื”ื•ื ืžื“ื”ื™ื! ื”ื™ื ืžื“ื”ื™ืžื”! (great, wonderful)

#5 – If you want to say something was NOT GOOD AT ALL

Take an example- you spent a weekend in northern Israel and the hotel staff was rude and the rooms were dirtyโ€ฆ At the end of your stay, the receptionist will ask you how you enjoyed the hotel.
Question: ืื™ืš ื”ื™ื” ืœื›ื ื‘ืžืœื•ืŸ (ekh aya lahem baโ€™malon)
Answer to avoid: ื”ื™ื” ืœื ื˜ื•ื‘
Response to adopt: ื”ื™ื” ืขืœ ื”ืคื ื™ื! (awful)

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