Now is the time to start to learn the Hebrew Alef-Bet! (alphabet in English)
The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters and is called in Israel “Aleph Bet” or “Alef Bet” and it is where we get our alphabet from. Five of the letters appear in a different form at the end of a word.and are all consonants.
Hebrew is written from right to left. A vowel system called nikud has been added over the years but this is mainly used in school books and prayer books not in everyday hebrew text.
Hebrew Alphabet translation goes from picture form to block or script letters, looking back in history of the Hebrew Alphabet is an amazing journey and when you see the meaning of the letters and the build up of words it will blow your mind at what is in a word something we do not appreciate when looking at a English word. This is something I want to expand on as we learn but for now our focus it getting familiar with knowing the letters.
Since we have invested a good bit of time in conversational street hebrew we are now going to turn our focus to include some basic reading Hebrew. I invite you to take time each day to go over the Aleph Bet and I included a song at the botom I found on youtube to help you memorize.
glottal-stop or silent (sometimes used as the letter a when rendering English in Hebrew)
with a dot like big; without a dot like move
like he or silent at the end of a word with a preceding -a or -e
like violin; some dialects pronounce as week; also or or moon when used as a vowel
Normally as Scottish ch in loch and as German Bach
as t in stick
like yet; also say or honey when used as a vowel
with a dot like skip; without a dot like the Scottish ch in loch and as German Bach ?
like leave, pronounced more forward in the mouth.
similar to Cockney pronunciation of water and sometimes silent.
with a dot like spoon; without a dot off
As in skip
pronounced as the French r. Some pronounce it rolled as in Spanish burro
with a right-hand dot like shoot, or with a left-hand dot like see
as t in stickAdding an apostrophe (geresh) to some letters may change their sounds.
as j in jam
as s in pleasure
(tsh) as ch in chat
This is a great Alphabet learning song set it to
Debbie Friedman’s Aleph-Bet song