"אבא, מה קורה?"
Translation:Dad, how are you?
yeah, there's a bunch of different phrases that in a slang way are all kind of interchangeable.
And what exactly does the word קורה mean? I mean - what is the literal translation of this phrase please?
קורה= happens or happening קורא= reads or reading (masculine) sounds the same, different spelling
In Hebrew you would usually ask "Dad, is everything OK?": אבא, הכול בסדר? If you are asking about feelings, health, etc.
If you want to ask about something your dad is looking at, for example if you cook for him and he makes a face, you can use the more direct translation: אבא, מה לא בסדר?
you can use - אבא, מה קרה? (past tense) like in English - dad, what happened? indicates something went wrong also, if pronounced with a feel of impatience, מה קורה can mean - what's up? eg. אבא, מה קורה עם האוכל שלי? dad, what's up with my food?
I answered "Dad, what's up?" and it registered correct, is there another way to say "What's up?" ?
there are many variations such as, ma kore (מה קורה), ma hamatzav (מה המצב), eich olech (איך הולך), and so on. since it's slang and common talk you would find many ways to ask someone what's up.
And also implicit in this- example close person.
As in English. So it is not recommended for someone in formal setting or person you do not know. Is this true of many of the lessons? Casual word choice?
Correct. Actually not necessarily close, but someone you want to be very informal with, e.g. if you're a teenager addressing another teenager. OTOH I doubt if I'll ask my father this (I'm 45 years old), and if I would it would be half joke ("look, I'm talking to you like a teenager"). I haven't seen this level of informality so far in the lessons. In fact I'm not sure it's a good idea to teach it in a beginners' course; as informal as we Israelis are known to be, in many contexts, using it might come out a bit awkward.
Since your duolingo translation is "Dad, how are you going?" I am guessing you mean "Dad, how's it going?" or "Dad, what's happening?" Either of these would sound natural and are used often. Thanks a million for this great site! I am learning SO much! Mary Jane
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