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Hebrew Alphabet for Dummies - 1

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You can learn to read Hebrew in a few days - real newspaper Hebrew, street signs etc. No kidding! The entire Hebrew alphabet (with "final" forms of letters):

 א ב ג ד ה  ו ז ח ט י כ ך ל מ ם נ ן ס ע פ ף צ ץ ק ר ש ת

Follow this mini course and you will learn how to read and sound every letter. You can do it in a day or two - really! And quite soon after that, you will be reading street signs and even parts of newspaper articles - without "dots" (vowel sounds).

Bonus 1: You will understand what you are reading!

Bonus 2: You can even learn to write in script if you like!

Bonus 3: It's all free, right here. This is not the "lite" version of a professional course, and we are not selling anything. 

Hebrew Pronunciation and Transliteration gives details of all the letters if you must know now. Don't go there unless you are really curious!

This mini-course is divided into seven lessons that teach you to read the entire alphabet, and advanced vocabulary and practice lessons that can be studied either  along with each lesson or as an additional review and vocabulary expansion after you are done learning the letters.

And right away - you can be READING and talking and writing modern HEBREW!

The first easy letters (script version on the left, block print version on the right):

- Ahleph. It became "A" in English. In Hebrew, it is not really a vowel and may take on any vowel sound. Most often, it is "ah." If you read it as "ah" (as in "ah ha!) you will be right more often than not.

- Beht, a "B" in English. But it is a bit different from "B" in English. At the beginning of a word or syllable, it is pronounced "B." Inside a syllable it is "V." is a useful letter because it replaces the English word "in." When it means "in," Beht is usually pronounced "Beh."

Words using the letters you have learned (remember, Hebrew is read RIGHT to LEFT) .

"Ahv" - it means "Father."  "Bet" at the end of the word is pronounced "V."  
"Bah" - it means "I am Coming, You are Coming, He is Coming," - "Bet" at the beginning of the word or syllable is pronounced as "B."
"Ah' bah" - It too means father. It refers to your specific father, like "Daddy."

A sentence in Hebrew: .   - "Father is coming" or "Father comes."

- Gimmel - A hard "G."

- Daled -  A "D."

- Heh -  An "H." This useful letter also replaces a whole English word. At the beginning of another word, usually pronounced "hah," it means "the." The "the" letter, " hayediah" (AKA "definite article)  can be combined with "in" (""). When we want to say "in the" we do not say "Beh Hah" - we say "Bah," and is added to the beginning of the word.   can do some more tricks that we will learn about later.

Some words that use the letters you learned:

"Gahg" - a roof - 

"Dov" - a bear -

"Dahg - a fish -

"Bah" - in her -

"Hehd" - an echo -

"Gahv" - a back -

"Beh gahv" - in a back 

 "Bah gahv" - in the back -

 "Bahd" - cloth - 

Tired of two letter words? Try these:


"Geh Eh' " - proud.   
"Eh' gehd" - The ubiquitous Israeli bus cooperative, "Egged." This word also means "band-aid."
"Ah gah dah' " - A legend, 
"Gah dah' " - a river bank.
"Hah gah dah' " The river bank - usually it means the West Bank of the Jordan river, AKA Judea and Samaria. also refers to the Passover Seder book. It means "the telling." 
"Hah ha gah dah'  " means "The Hagadah" - referring to the Passover book as a specific object.

Be sure to say each letter and word out loud!

Review the letters you learned in Hebrew Alphabet for Dummies I

Even more words and review of Hebrew for Dummies 1 (Requires Hebrew fonts)

Go on to Hebrew for Dummies 2 (Requires Hebrew Fonts)

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