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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 09:43 AM
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Shalom Alexander Sadface,

Thank you so much for your positive message! 😇❤️️

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We wish you good luck with your language studies.

Kind regards,

Levente (לבנטה)

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Alexander Sadface
Tuesday at 11:26 PM
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I started watching your videos at the beginning of last week, and I've learned so much I can barely contain it all! Learning the Aleph bet is going to be fun and tricky. It is more fun! Keep up the good work!

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Thursday at 10:09 PM
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Dear Marcel Horton,

Thank you for posting!

Please note that Yana is writing both versions in this lesson - the top version is the handwritten form, while the lower one is the print version (written by hand 😅).

Does it makes more sense now? 👍😉



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Marcel Horton
Monday at 03:59 AM
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Yana's Sameh looks like the print Sameh when it should be the reading version of sameh

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Saturday at 10:42 PM
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Dear Hanna,

Thanks for commenting on this lesson.

Please have no concern - I believe that the issue here is that the niqqud for "kholam" (O) was counted twice - for both versions - kholam male ("full" kholam) - where a vav is added (for example "דּוֹד") and kholam khaser ("missing" kholam) - where a vav is absent (for example: "דֹּב").

We apologize for this confusion - but rest assured that you didn't miss anything important so far 😄 I will forward this issue anyway 👍

Keep up the good work! 😄😄



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Sunday at 07:00 PM
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I have completed the last 10 lessons and when I started to watch this video, she said that so far we have completed 8 niqquds. But I haven't seen any videos based on 8th niqqud. Please help me.

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Saturday at 10:20 AM
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Hi Daniel,

Thanks for commenting and sharing your feedbacks!

I went back to lesson 9 but I could not see any mentioning of the letter "ע" there... could you direct me on which word / sentence it appeared exactly?



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Tuesday at 06:05 AM
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this letter was not covered prior to lesson 10 and was included in the first practice sentence in lesson 9.

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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?