How to Pronounce & Write Hebrew Letters

1- Alef, bet and the sound vet

 

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Let’s use it in a word! The following word reads from right to left: ABA, means daddy.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBVpQzvrJ4w

2- Gimel ג, Dalet ד and Kamats (Niqqud symbol)

a- Gimel

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Writing a word:

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Let’s use it in a word! The following word reads from right to left: gag, means roof.

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b- Dalet

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Let’s use it in a word! The following word reads from right to left: dag, means fish

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN6Mf7fxxS4

3- Hei ה =

 

Let’s use it in a word! The following word reads from right to left: ‘AHAVA’. This means love.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtCuWlS6V7g

 

4-  Vav I =  This letter could be considered one of the two:

  • as a consonant, in which case, it would sound v
  • or as a vowel, at it would sound: o or oo

Screen Shot 2016-09-08 at 09.23.43.pngVav in cursive handwriting

Screen Shot 2016-09-08 at 09.23.50.pngVav in printed handwriting

 

Let’s use it in a word! The following word reads from right to left: vav, meaning hook.

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When the open Nuqud is added (fatha):

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The second word is a proper noun, from right to left it reads: David but in a French pronunciation not English one. Which means the ‘a’ should be pronounced straight as in French or as in the word ‘apple’.

 

  • Vav with the ‘hireq’ Nuqud: where an [ee] sound was added to the consonant vav.

David-cursive.pngDavid in Cursive writing

Screen Shot 2016-09-08 at 09.18.55.pngDavid in Hand Printed Writing

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As we can see that the Nuqud used under the letter vav added an ee sound to it, rendering it pronounced as ‘vee’ rather than ‘va’ or ‘voo’.

  • Vav with ‘shureq’ Nuqud, where the letter vav becomes a vowel and the consonant vav doesn’t exist anymore. Instead we find a ‘woo’ or an ‘oo’ sound, added to the previous letter.

 

-Printed Handwriting

Screen Shot 2016-09-08 at 09.49.15.pngThe word now is pronounced [Dood]; which means electric water heater!!!

 

-Cursive Handwriting

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  • Vav with ‘holem’ Nuqud.   Screen Shot 2016-09-08 at 10.06.06.png     This sound doesn’t exist in the Arabic; Semitic sister language. It’s the sound O in olive, rather than oo in Loot.

CursiveDod-.pngCursive writing for the word Dod, means uncle.

Screen Shot 2016-09-08 at 09.58.49.pngPrinted writing for the word Dod.