Zeva Idioms

Ziiva DavidMy family loves to watch NCIS. All the characters in this ensemble cast are so carefully drawn. They are almost archtypes, and we can see bits of ourselves in each one. One of our favorite things about Ziva David, an emigre from Israel, is her struggle with American English idioms. Among other things, it is a helpful reminder that translation is about understanding another culture, not simply their vocabulary. Here are some examples.