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Hi everybody! Yana here. Welcome to Ask a Teacher where I’ll answer some of your most common Hebrew questions.
The question for this lesson is…
What is the difference between handwritten and printed Hebrew?
You may be familiar with printed Hebrew from books, magazines, or newspapers.
But if you've ever gotten a handwritten note from your Hebrew-speaking friend, colleague, or loved one, you may have thought their Hebrew looked really different!
This is because, just as English has handwritten and cursive letters that differ from their print forms, Hebrew has its own separate systems for writing by hand and for printing.
The print version is sometimes called Assyrian script, square script, or block print. These letters have a kind of square, angular shape with sharp edges.
For example
היום למדתי משהו חדש
Handwritten script is much curvier, and flows more easily when written with a pen or a pencil on a piece of paper.
For example
:)
Please note, though, that handwritten Hebrew letters do not join the way cursive does in English.
Check out our writing series, the Hebrew Alphabet Made Easy, for more information. There, I teach you how to create both block and handwritten versions of each and every letter!
How was it? Pretty interesting right?
Do you have any more questions? Leave them in the comments below and I’ll try to answer them!
lehitraot!

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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Check out our writing series, the Hebrew Alphabet Made Easy, for more information.

What Hebrew learning question do you have?

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Friday at 09:41 PM
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Hi Marit Johnsen,


Thank you for commenting and for introducing yourself! ❤️️👍


I'm Roi and I'm here to assist you with any type of questions you may have about Hebrew and our lessons 👍 Please feel free to post here if you need any help and we'll make an effort to answer as soon as possible 😄


Enjoy learning Hebrew!


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Roi

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Marit Johnsen
Friday at 03:22 AM
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My name is Marit Johnsen. I am norwegian and live in Sweden for now. I want to move to Israel and I want to learn the language. I have for children.


Best regards from Marit

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Wednesday at 11:53 PM
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Hi viv,


Thanks for your comment and for the clarification 👍😄


By "fancy, curly one that looks like lamed" I guess you mean either 'Tsadi sofit' (ץ) or 'Peh sofit' (ף)? They do look a little similar in handwriting...


I will forward your question regarding the notification to our tech team.


Yours,

Roi

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viv
Thursday at 03:07 PM
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p.s. I'm not sure if I should be getting a notification on email when you post a response, I thought so, since you're asking us to leave our email address. The thing is I never got the notification, so I never knew you did say hello. Wouldn't it be nice if we got an email notification?

viv
Thursday at 03:06 PM
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Shalom Roi,


Thank you for the information! I only just saw this, and completely forgotten I had asked the question until I reviewed this lesson again.


The comment I wanted to make this time is this: thank you, Yana, for the pointer not to join the words, like in English cursive.


I started learning the handwritten script side by side with the printed script for the first few letters, but soon found it really difficult to remember them all, so I mastered the printed script first. Now, I'm leisurely working through one by one the handwritten script. Lamed is tough, so is the fancy, curly one that looks like lamed, I forget what it is now.


Thank you!


best,

viv

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Saturday at 01:36 AM
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Hi viv,


Thanks for posting! I will be happy to assist :)


Handwritten = "כתב יד" or simply: "כתב"

Print script = "דפוס"


Yours,

Roi

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viv
Thursday at 01:52 PM
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Shalom Yana,


Could you please give us the names of the Handwritten and Print script in Hebrew, please?


Thank you! Toda!



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Tuesday at 08:52 PM
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Hi Joshua,


Thanks for commenting.


Yes, learning a new alphabetic system can be very hard at the beginning and it can take time. I suggest you to 'start small' by following our lessons program and try to memorize every day a new letter and repeat the ones you have already learned. This way they would 'stick' to your memory better and the whole task would seem a little less overwhelming 😅


Enjoy learning Hebrew! the process can be also a lot of fun - in spite of its challenges! 😄


Yours,

Roi

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Joshua
Friday at 03:33 AM
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Yes big question the script looks so confusing to me and, where can i see that some more so i can start to recognize it since almost everything i read is written in the block or print version from my Siddur to my Tanakh as well.

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Saturday at 12:21 AM
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Hi Miryam Jacobson,


You're welcome! glad I could assist! 😄👍


Yours,

Roi

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