Could this possibly be "My dad is always getting shocked"? Getting electrocuted is not really something one does again and again. It's a bit like the difference between cutting oneself and getting stabbed.
I wasn't aware of the difference in English, and I've never thought about it in Hebrew. I think I wouldn't usually use מתחשמל for a low voltage shock, I would say מקבל/חוטף זרם. But other speakers may disagree. My thoughts on seeing this sentence were that the father gets dangerously electrocuted repeatedly.
I'm with James. "Electrocution" refers to death or serious injury (and is also the preferred method of capital punishment in some American states.) If we're talking about a careless handyman, I would say "He's always getting shocked" or, even more casually, "He's always getting zapped."
It's an odd term here, and I too connect it with the electric chair, but any prisoner killed by that method today would have had to have chosen it himself over lethal injection.
Well, if it sounds like it really was dangerous, I guess that would be electrocuted. I was not picturing a father quite that unlucky or incompetent.
In English, electrocution is a one-time event. Get electrocuted, and you are dead. "My father is always getting shocked" may be a better translation.
I had to give you a lingot, FWIW, because "In English, electrocution is a one-time event." made me chuckle. I guess that is insensitive of me - it just slipped out.
The translation is incorrect. The word "electrocuted" comes from "electrical" and "executed." The first time that a person is electrocuted, he dies. If he is "always getting electrocuted," you are presuming some process of very rapid reincarnation -- though the soul would only be the speaker's father once.
The purist definition of the English word "electrocute" is to execute through the use of electricity, as it is a combination of those two English words. However, most Americans use the word in a much broader context and have since it was first coined in the late 1800s, and can be used to mean simply receiving an electric shock, though usually injury of some sort is intended. For example, my grandfather was electrocuted working on electric lines and suffered 3rd degree burns to over 60% of his body, but lived through the experience. The family never talks about him being shocked, but instead the time he was electrocuted. The Hebrew word here is correct for "electrocute", but I do not know the contextual meaning Israelis use. Obviously in this sentence death is not implied, and possibly not even severe injury. Perhaps in a country without a history of "old sparky", a.k.a. the electric chair, the meaning is essentially identical to being shocked and there is no Hebrew word that precisely means "state sanctioned execution through application of electricity "? Could a native speaker please clarify the difference between להתחשמל and other Hebrew terms for being shocked? Are they synonyms in Hebrew, and if not what does each term imply?
Your guess that, in countries where execution by electric chair isn't a thing, the word 'electrocute' doesn't have those connotations, is a sound one. I'm British and I think of it as being synonymous with getting an electric shock (of any severity), whatever the technical definition may be!
Didn't they mean here the common electrostatic discharges when we touch anything from metal? I do not know how to express it neither in English the less in Hebrew...
I wonder about the same thing. Here תמיד is translated to always, but I once heard that it means regulary over time, not all the time ( every second), so maybe constantly or regulary would be better words?
Agree with others that this should perhaps be translated as 'getting an electric shock'. The word 'electrocuted' in English implies a big electric shock, usually with grave consequences.
I agree with everyone who has said that getting electrocuted means dying by electricity, whether by Old Sparky or in a case like, "She came into contact with the downed power line and, tragically, was electrocuted." I know a contractor who does roofing and such; he has been hit by lightning 3 times but was never electrocuted.