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If you already know the rudiments of the the
here is a quick cheat sheet that will boost your vocabulary with a lot of useful words, and your reading skills, in
Remember - the Hebrew is read from RIGHT to LEFT.
||Vee' dee oh
||oo nee vehr' see tah
||Yah nu' ahr
||Fehb ru' ahr
||Mahy (almost like "My")
||You' ni (almost like "uni")
||Ahou' (like "ouch") goost
Sehp tehm' behr
||Ohk toe' behr
||No vehm' behr
||Deh tzem' behr
Of course, you already knew most of those words in English. And you should be aware that some of the rules of
pronunciation are broken for foreign words and often they make no sense. BUT you learned some things about how to
pronounce SOME syllables and words and where you have to be careful:
This is usually, but not always pronounced "Lee." Do you know when it might be "Lai"?
ו- The Vav is the Hebrew joker. it makes life interesting. It can be "oo" "oh" "v" or even "w."
It all depends. וי can be pronounced "oi" as in נוי - "noy" - meaning
"beautification" (approximately). or it can be pronounced "vi" as in וידיאו.
יו can be pronounced "yo" as in דיו and רדיו, or it
can be "v" as in אבותיו (his ancestors -"Avotahv") or עובדיו
(his workers - "Ohvdahv"). The same letters can stand for very different sounds. That is why reading Hebrew is harder for people who learn to read syllable by
syllable and easier if you learn to read whole words. If you laboriously learn Hebrew by the syllabic method, using
"dots" and reciting "AH" "EE" "OH" "OO" "HE" "BA" "BI" "BOH" "BOOH" "BEH" etc. you will be able to read a very
limited number of words. When you get to the "real thing" - reading signs, menus, newspapers and books without vowel
signs you will repeatedly scream out in agony - "It is NOT FAIR!!"
See if you can figure out what these two words are (they are REAL words):
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