mah nishmah

Pronunciations

mah nishmah (ma neesh-MA) listen

Definitions

  • (sentence) How are you?

Example Sentences

  • "Hey, haven't seen you in a while, mah nishmah?"

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew

Etymology

  • ?מה נשמע ma nishm'a 'lit. what is heard? how are you?', may have entered Hebrew via loan translation from Yiddish or other European languages (cf. Yiddish ?װאָס הערט זיך vos hert zikh? 'lit. what is heard? how are you?')

    • Who Uses This

      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

      Regions

      • North America
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      ma nishma

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