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Hebrew Accents

Hebrew accents are going to be among the toughest things that you have to master to learn this language. Pronouncing Hebrew requires you to use different parts of your mouth, tongue and lips than you use to pronounce English words. This is not like learning Italian or Spanish. Hebrew pronunciation is notoriously tough and, over time, learning to do it correctly will become more and more a part of your studies.

The thing that Hebrew accents are probably most well-known for are the very hard consonants. If you take a look at the Hebrew alphabet, you’ll find that it contains no vowels as you’re probably familiar with. Vowel indications are added with small modifications to letters but, like many other languages, Hebrew pronunciation tends to concentrate on consonants. Some of them are very difficult for Westerners to learn. Have patience with yourself when you’re trying to learn these more complex aspects of Hebrew pronunciation. The letters that sometimes function as vowels include:

א Aleph

ה He

ו Vav

י Yud

You may want to take a close look at your Hebrew dictionary to get more information on how to correctly emulate a Hebrew accent. You have to pay close attention to the pronunciation symbols in the dictionary and, when you’re learning how to speak Hebrew you’ll find that most native speakers will be more than happy to give you a hand figuring out some of the more difficult parts of the Hebrew accent. They may get a few laughs out of how you’re trying to pronounce words but, of course, people do respect it when you try to learn their language.

Repeating key Hebrew phrases over and over again is a good strategy for learning the correct way of pronouncing Hebrew. The reason for this is that you get to hear these common phrases over and over from people who have native Hebrew accents and, because of that, you can constantly compare your pronunciation with theirs. Emulation is a huge part of learning language.

Learning how to speak Hebrew is definitely a challenge. You should find, however, that you do a lot better learning Hebrew pronunciation if you spend more time around native speakers. This gives you a chance to absorb the Hebrew accent as it exists in everyday speech. Using online tools that have recordings of native speakers is also a great way to make certain that you are picking up the proper pronunciation and the proper accent for any of the Hebrew words you’re using.