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"לפחות אני לא עני."

Translation:At least I'm not poor.

August 15, 2016



This is maybe random, but with words like אני and עני, where the only difference is a basically silent letter, is punning common? Or would it be poor taste to try wordplay with these particular words?


Not sure about these two words, might be a little more difficult since they're different parts of speech, one a pronoun and one an adjective, but probably possible.

However, another good example of this is באושר ועושר (in happiness and wealth), a fairly common phrase.


There is a difference between the pronunciation of א and ע. The letter א is "silent", as are the English vowels. But the letter ע is not, it has a throaty sound.

In today language it sounds usually the same, but the difference exists (even if not used)

Watch this great video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-9MMghUsLo


You're right--an excellent vid--unfortunately the presenter (in the comment section) caught all sorts of flak from people who DO make the differentiation.


This is the video that I was looking for!


Knowing Duo, I had thought this might be referring to some drunk person saying "at least I'm not myself". Fortunately, I kind of spotted the ayin sound (which probably wasn't meant to sound different though).


In this specific example, probably not, but there are plenty of other similar cases where it's common.


If you want them to be different, then you may say עני the way it is supposed it be, i.e. with the guttural sound. It is quite distinctive.

Most Israelis do not speak like that anymore but some still do. For instance, the Yemenite Jews who never stopped speaking Hebrew since the first temple. And Arabs speaking Hebrew.

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איך אומרים? אנוכי אנוכי, או אני אגואיסט?


Well, I think אֲנִי מַה שֶּׁאֲנִי I am what I am sounds good.


It sounds a little like he's saying "at least I am not me!" which is kinda funny


Lefakhot ani lo ani.


At least for now....

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