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Hebrew Alphabet for Dummies 5

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Shin and Sin

You should know these letters now:

    א ב ג ד ה ? ז ? ט י ? ל ? ? ס ע ?? ק ר ? ת

If you do not recognize any of those letters or are unsure about how to pronounce them, go back for review: Hebrew alphabet for dummies 1, Hebrew Alphabet for Dummies 2, Hebrew Alphabet for Dummies 3 and Hebrew Alphabet for Dummies 4

This page introduces only one new letter, with two sounds: 


In cursive script:

ש Shin and Sin, sounded as Sh and S respectively. When Hebrew is written with full or partial Nikkud (vowel signs and marks), the Sin may have a little dot (Mapik) on the left, and the Shin may have a dot on the right. In most publications this is not done. There is no way to differentiate them except by word recognition or from the context.
Shin - is sounded as "SH" - A word that uses Shin - Shalom (peace) - שלום
Sin - is an S. It is in the same place as S is in the English alphabet - between "R" (Resh) and "T" (Taf).  An example of a word that uses -  ישראל  (Yis rah el' - Israel)

Some new words with Sin and Shin. The words that use Sin will be shown in red to alert you to the difference in sound.

Meaning   Pronunciation Hebrew
Belonging to "Shehl"


Fire "Ehsh" אש
There is "Yaysh" יש
Song, Poem "Sheer" שיר
Israel "Yees' Rah ehl' " ישראל
Name "Shem" שם
Minister "Sahr שר
Sarah (name) "Sah' rah" שרה
Year "Shah nah' " שנה
fat (adjective) "Shah mehn' " שמן
Returned "Shahv" שב
Before you go on, be sure to write out all the above words and say them out loud.
If you know all the letters and can read a bit, you are ready to go on to Hebrew Alphabet for Dummies 6

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