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"אני מחפש את הכלב שלי."

Translation:I am looking for my dog.

September 16, 2016



It gives look as an option, The real meaning is to "look for"?


As in "searching for something"?


Why does the sentence not say לכלב, if the correct translation is "for my dog"? I don't get this. Can someone explain?


Languages take verbs differently.

In Hebrew "searching for" is "לחפש את". It doesn't translate literally.


It's amazing how the same radical ח-פ-ש can mean "to look for" as in מחפש and "to mask" as in תחפושת


They are sort of opposite. Same letters can change meaning a lot when in different structures. Manu times there are interesting connections.


Does it have anything to do with חיפושית? Just curious


kinda let to the party, but no. it has nothing to do with חיפושית.


Note the different ש consonant: /s/ sound in לחפש and להתחפש, vs. /sh/ sound in חיפושית. I believe a transition between the two is not common. Apparently in other semitic languages there is similar "root" for חיפושית, but with a nun: chunfush or suchlike.


Well, the etymology is not clear. Jastrow lists חִיפּוּשִׂיתָא beetle with a Sin, deriving it from the root חפשׂ to search together, which may then have been borrowed into Arabic with n-insertion as خُنْفُسَاء ḵunfusāʾ. But Sokoloff writes it חפושׁיתא as can be expected from the Middle Hebrew word, connecting it with Syriac ܚܲܒܫܘ̣ܫܬܵܐ [ḥabšušto] scarabee. And Hoch gives a syllabic Egyptian ʾ=p=ši₂=ya=t beetle, grasshopper. And it is unclear whether there were two proto-semitic roots (ḥVbVš- and ḥVinpVš) or just one. I find those critters quite difficult in their semitic development.


Well, the two words are considered to be derived from the same root, with הִתְחַפֵּשׂ having developed along the line of make oneself being looked for, i.e. make oneself unrecognizable, to disguise oneself, so that one must search for you.


Wow, this is amazing!


Ani mechapes et ha'kelev sheli

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