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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!
You now know 20 Hebrew Letters and 9 main niqqud symbols!
Have you been practicing your alef-beit? I hope so, because you’re just two lessons away from learning them all!
In this lesson we will move on to the twenty-first letter and we’ll learn another niqqud.
So let’s start! bou nathil!
The next letter is 'Shin', with the sound of 'Sh'.
It looks like this-
שׁ (handwriting)
curve from out-in.
It looks like the English letter 'e', doesn't it?
In print it looks different though
שׁ (print)
'Shin' is pronounced 'Sh' when the dot on the upper right side.
If the dot in 'Shin' is on the upper *left* side- it is called 'Sin', with the sound of 'S'.
Remember, like all niqqud, these dots are usually not written. It's like the dot of 'Beit', 'Kaf', and 'Pei'.
שׂ (handwriting)
and in print
שׂ (print)
'Shin' and 'Sin' are considered the same letter in the Hebrew alphabet. You only have to remember two of it’s sounds.
Now let’s try a little word play with 'Shin' and 'Sin'
'Sara Shara Shir Sameah'
'Shir Sameah Shara Sara'
The meaning of it is-
'Sara sings a happy song'
'Happy song sings Sara'
In Hebrew you can say the sentence both ways and it is still grammatically correct.
Try to practice it many times until you get it right both ways! It is challenging but fun way to learn!
It’s time to learn the last niqqud used in modern Hebrew. Number ten is 'Kubuts', with the sound of 'U'. It looks like this.
We already had 'Shuruk', and this is another 'U' sound in the Hebrew vowel system.
'Meshulash' is a triangle.
מֵשֻלַש (handwriting)
and in print-
מֵשֻלַש (print)
Now it's time for Yana's insights.
Try to make a chart of all ten niqqud we have studied so far.
Take any letter and pronounce the same letter with different niqqud each time-
for example-
'Beit and Kamats' 'ba'
'Beit and Hirik' 'bi'
'Beit and Kubuts''bu'
and so forth...
Try to go by the order we studied. From the first 'Kamats' all the way to the last 'Kubuts' from this lesson.
Next lesson we will finish with Hebrew alef-beit and have a review of all the 22 letters!!!
How is your singing voice?
See you in the next lesson!