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Shalom, ani Yana! Welcome to Hebrewpod101.com’s Alef-Beit be-kalei kalut.
The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn the Hebrew alphabet: the alef-beit!
In the last ten lessons we have covered 15 Hebrew letters and 8 niqqud symbols.
We have only 7 more letters and few niqqud before we complete the full series of Hebrew alef-beit!
Aren't you excited?!
So lets go straight to the sixteenth letter-'Ayin', with the sound of 'a'.
Originally, 'Ayin' was pronounced glottaly -- from the throat -- but in modern Hebrew it is rare to find speakers who are still pronouncing it in that way.
So now, basically it is another 'a' sound to the list.
And this is how you write it;
ע (handwriting)
and in print-
ע (print)
'Avoda'- in Hebrew is work.
ַעַבוֹדָה (handwriting)
and in print it looks like this;
ַעַבוֹדָה (print)
'Ani holeh la-avoda'-
I go to work.(as a male speaker)
אני הוֹלֵך לַעַבוֹדָה (handwriting)
-'Ani holehet la-avoda'
(as a female speaker)
אני הוֹלֵכֵת לַעַבוֹדָה (handwriting)
wanna try it in print?
אני הוֹלֵך לַעַבוֹדָה (print)
אני הוֹלֵכֵת לַעַבוֹדָה (print)
Have you noticed a new niqqud in this sentence?
You are paying a very good attention, because there is one!
It is 'Tsere' with the sound of 'e'.
Do you remember what is the other niqqud with the same sound?
'Tsere' looks like this;
נֵס- 'nes' - a miracle is spelled with 'Tsere'.
But you only need to recognize the sound for this word so don't worry if you dont remember exactly which niqqud it should be 'tsere' or 'segol'.
נֵס (handwriting)
and in print-
נֵס (print)
'nes gadol' -is a big miracle.
נֵס גָדוֹל (handwriting)
and in print-
נֵס גָדוֹל (print)
Now it's time for Yana's insights.
Do you have a minute? Try to write all the alef-bet learned so far in one sitting. At the beginning it might be hard, but it will help you find out which characters are still difficult to remember.
In the next lesson, we will learn letter number seventeen and its variations.
So don't forget to practice till then!
See you later!


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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Thursday at 07:58 PM
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Hi MaxyMo,

Thanks for posting!

This is a good question. The answer is that these letters used to sound very different, and actually many Hebrew speakers still pronounce them very differently, when the "ע" is a lot more guttural than "א" (when "ע" is pronounced deeper in the throat).

These two letters are actually used very similarly. Both can be either vowels and consonants, but "ע" as a vowel is way less common than "א", and mostly serves as a consonant.

I hope that helps 😄

Happy to assist,


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Sunday at 03:57 AM
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Why do aleph and ain sound the same? And why are they used difrent?

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Sunday at 02:20 AM
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Shalom joseph,

Toda raba for your like! 😇

If you have any questions, let us know. 😉

Kind regards,

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Friday at 09:18 PM
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Shalom David

Toda raba for your comment. That is great feedback. I will forward it to our team for further consideration!

If you have any questions, let us know. 😉

Kind regards,

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David Cardwell
Tuesday at 11:25 PM
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After something is written on the board, it would be good if there were a pause, to give people the opportunity to pause the video before it moves on to the next thing.

I can't always get to pause it in time, then I have to hunt around for it.


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Wednesday at 05:38 PM
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Hi Madeleine,

Thanks or posting on this issue and bringing it to our attention!

There are actually special fonts that allow typing in cursive, but it seems that you're correct here and the same version appears simply twice. I will forward this issue for improvement 👍👍



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Tuesday at 02:19 AM
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Please note that in the transcripts the handwritten version and the printed one are exactly the same.

Is it not possible to type cursive letters, perhaps?

It is a bit confusing though...

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Tuesday at 04:20 AM
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Hi Betsy,

Thanks for posting and letting us know about this issue!

I'm looking into it now, and the video seems to be working fine even after I pause it... could it be a local problem on your computer? Please try again and let us know if this issue continues.

Additionally, please note that you have the option to change the speed of the video using the x1 button. It might come in handy when you feel it's going too fast... 😉



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Sunday at 11:17 PM
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I am trying to write the letters as I follow along with the video. The video is too fast for me to watch and write so I pause it. However, when I resume the video to continue with the lesson, there is no longer any sound to accompany the video! In order to continue with the lesson with sound, I must exit the video, go to the dashboard, and start the lesson from the beginning.

Can you please fix the sound issue? It is very helpful to be able to pause the video. Otherwise the lesson is too fast to practice writing and fully participate in the learning.

Thank you!