This was a very useful phrase when I went to Israel. When I asked just for water they'd give me bottled water but asking for a class of water got me a nice carafe of it. :)
Same way. One might also call it "כוס למים" or "כוס בשביל מים".
כוס של מים has the same meaning (ambigious) as the original sentence.
waterglass = מי זכוכית.
the material in Hebrew is called זכוכית, the vessel is כוס.
מי זכוכית would be glass water.
Noun-adjective order is reversed in English
While some use "סודיום סיליקט" or "נתרן סיליקט", the most common name appears to be "מי זכוכית". Though I did find in Google "זכוכית המים" and "נתרן צורני" too.
Oh, so this is about sodium silicate. What about a glass for water (i.e. not a wine glass or a glass for other drinks etc.)? Is there a specific way to say that in Hebrew?
Absolutely. We have wine glasses, water glasses, juice glasses, coffee cups.... I read all these comments and am more confused than when I started. I translated it "water glass", too. I checked on Google and they translated the sentence as both "a glass of water" and "a water glass", but I want to know what you guys have to say. When your mom or wife asks you to set the table and she says "put the water glasses next to the wine glasses", how does she say "wine glasses" and "water glasses" in Hebrew?
Come to think of it, not that I know of. There is in Greek though (I am Greek) and when I saw "water glass" my first thought was that it referred to such a glass for water :-) Thank you!
I don't understand how "כוס מים" translates to "glass of water" when there is no "של" in the sentence. Is it slang or a common contraction like "do not" to " don't"? Does it apply everywhere for example does "קערה מרק" mean "bowl of soup" or "soup bowl"?
The word כוס in כוס מים is in construct state (the construct state of כוס is כוס, so it's harder to tell). In the case of "a bowl of soup" - you would say קערת מרק, where קערה is in construct state so it becomes קערת.
I wonder if this construction has the Germanic origin? It's very similar to "ein Glas Wasser" or "ett glas vatten"