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mah nishmah?


  • how are you?

Example Sentences

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

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew


?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


North America



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