"אתה אמן או במאי?"
Translation:Are you an artist or a director?
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My father of blessed memory was a great scholar who knew 52 languages. You and he would have gotten along very well. He called the vowels that have the shva "khataf-patakh, etc." which he translated as "furtive." I see the shoresh means to snatch, seize, kidnap, or do quickly, the quickly being the meaning here. But I never understood why doing a vowel more quickly would make it, what sounds to my ear, longer. I still prefer Ashkenaz to Sephardic pronunciation partly because it avoids certain confusing issues. Plus I'm a Yiddishist. Thank you for all the wonderful knowledge you share here in Duolingo.