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    Default Modern Hebrew Scripts and Pronounciation Guide

    I was looking around in google for modern Hebrew scripts and since I am so much of a beginner I can't distinguish the classical ones and the modern ones. If someone has extra time on his/her hands please help correct this. I am sure there will be people benefiting from it too.
    If there is a necessity and similarities in it with arabic sounds please don't hesitate to include them in too. Thank you.

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    I am doing this for my own but I am posting them up here for my own reference in the future and I am sharing them here too. You are welcome to correct me at anytime if the information is inaccurate or incorrect. I am not a Hebrew Speaker, so please do not post any Hebrew translation requests to me. I am incompetent. Thank you & Happy learning. Toda Raba.
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    ellyali
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    א alef - makes no sound

    בּ bhet - makes a "B" sound as in "boat"

    ב veht - makes a "V" sound as in "veterinarian"

    ג gimel - makes a "G" sound as in "girl"

    ר dalet - makes a "D" sound as in "door"

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    ellyali
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    ה hey - makes a "soft H" sound as in "hello"

    ו vahv - makes a "V" sound as in "video"

    ז zayin - makes a "Z" sound as in "zipper"

    ח chet - makes a strong guttural "H" sound

    ט teht - makes a "T" sound as in "teaspoon"

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    י yohd - makes a "Y" sound as in "young" . This letter also behaves like a vowel at times.

    כּ kahf - makes a "K" sound as in "kite"

    כ khahf - makes a strong guttutal "H" sound

    ל lamed - makes an "L" sound as in "lemon"

    ת mehm - makes an "M" sound as in "mouse"

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    ellyali
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    נ nun - makes an "N" sound as in "no"

    ס sahmech - makes an "S" sound as in "soda"

    ע ayin - makes a barely audible guttural sound in the back of throat

    פּ pey - makes a "P" sound as in "popsicle"

    פ fey - makes an "F" sound as in "fish"

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    ellyali
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    צ tzadi - makes a a hard "TZ" sound as the double zz in "pizza"

    ק kohf - makes the "K" sound as in "Kansas"

    ר reesh - makes the "R" sound as "Round"

    שׁ sheen - makes a "SH" sound as in "show"

    שׂ sin - when the dot is on the left side of the letter makes an "S" sound
    as in "Sam"

    ת tahv - makes a "T" sound as in "Toe"

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    Listen to Hebrew pronounciation here.


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    thank you very much

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    Guys, you only need to learn the script you have posted.

    This is the one we use for typing, books and all things except handwriting:
    http://www.worldtrek.org/odyssey/mid...es/alefbet.jpg


    There is another form of script we use for handwriting, but it is a very common style and they often print in it now as well...so you should focus on that one too!
    http://www.becomingjewish.org/images...et_cursive.jpg

    They are both essential to learn but the first one is more important for a beginner. Good luck!

    :-)
    I'll help in any way you need!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1inamillion1 View Post
    Guys, you only need to learn the script you have posted.

    This is the one we use for typing, books and all things except handwriting:
    http://www.worldtrek.org/odyssey/mid...es/alefbet.jpg


    There is another form of script we use for handwriting, but it is a very common style and they often print in it now as well...so you should focus on that one too!
    http://www.becomingjewish.org/images...et_cursive.jpg

    They are both essential to learn but the first one is more important for a beginner. Good luck!

    :-)
    I'll help in any way you need!
    Thank you for the links!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ellyali View Post
    א alef - makes no sound

    בּ bhet - makes a "B" sound as in "boat"

    ב veht - makes a "V" sound as in "veterinarian"

    ג gimel - makes a "G" sound as in "girl"

    ר dalet - makes a "D" sound as in "door"
    You wrote the letter "ר" (Resh) instead of "ד" (Dalet)

    Quote Originally Posted by ellyali View Post
    י yohd - makes a "Y" sound as in "young" . This letter also behaves like a vowel at times.

    כּ kahf - makes a "K" sound as in "kite"

    כ khahf - makes a strong guttutal "H" sound

    ל lamed - makes an "L" sound as in "lemon"

    ת mehm - makes an "M" sound as in "mouse"
    You wrote the letter "ת" (tahf) instead of the letter "מ" (mehm)

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    Quote Originally Posted by herr_mannelig View Post
    thank you very much
    The letter א is silent mainly at the end of words ...but usually it has a sound of A in apple....
    In the word אמא IMAH (MOTHER) you have two א ....The first sounds "ee" and the last is silent.
    Alef may also be silent in words like ראש = ROSH = head or ראשון = first = RISHON or ראשי = RASHI= main and ראשוני = primal = RISHONI

    I hope you find this helpful
    best of luck....hang in there
    Ploutarxos Gia Panta

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