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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!
By the end of this lesson, you will know the entire Hebrew alef-beit!
Are you ready for the last letter?
Let’s start! Bou nathil!
The twenty-second hebrew letter is `Taf` with the sound of `T`.
Do you remember the other letter that has a `T` sound?
ת is written like this-
ת (handwriting)
and in print-
ת (print)
`Tof` is a drum.(niqqud)
תוֹף (handwriting)
in print-
תוֹף (print)
and `Toda` is a very important word -- it means Thank you in Hebrew.
תוֹדָה (handwriting)
in print-
תוֹדָה (print)
We’ve finished the entire Hebrew alphabet- the alef-beit!
Now let’s practice from alef- to-taf!
We are going to sing the alef-beit song, that every child in Israel knows;
It is called `Shir ha-alf-beit`
The song of the alef-beit.
-alphabet song-
In the next lesson, we will continue learning some advanced Hebrew niqqud. If you’re interested in reading ancient Hebrew, including the Hebrew Bible you’ll definitely want to watch!
See you there!!!!


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Monday at 04:15 AM
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Shalom Xiaochen Li,

Thank you for your question. You can download our lessons by clicking on the Download button below the lesson.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any further feedback or questions!

Kind regards,

Levente (לבנטה)

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Xiaochen Li
Wednesday at 05:21 PM
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Hi! Very Nice song! Where could I download it?

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Monday at 01:32 AM
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Dear Neel L. Lumi,

Thank you very much for these insightful comments.

Everything you write is correct, but please note that this lesson series is an introduction to the Hebrew alphabet, which is meant for absolute beginners.

The introduction and discussion of such advanced grammatic subjects are simply too early at this stage These and other advanced grammatical subjects take place at higher levels.

We appreciate your knowledge and passion for Hebrew grammar, but hope that you find this reasoning reasonable 😉



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Neel L. Lumi
Sunday at 03:03 AM
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The same happens with צָב tzav ‘turtle’ vs. צַבִּים tzabím ‘turtles’, גֵּץ getz ‘spark (like a stray spark from a bonfire etc.)’ vs. גִּצִּים gitzím ‘sparks’, etc.

You can’t just NOT teach this! Hebrew grammar stops making sense if you don’t teach vital things like historic vowel length and make such fundamental mistakes with nikud!

Neel L. Lumi
Sunday at 03:02 AM
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The word תֹּף has no mater lectionis! No וֹ there!

This is important, because:

– the root for תֹּף is ת־פ־פ

– the last two consonants are the same, so they should normally coalesce into one geminated consonant

– this happens in the plural, hence the dagesh in תֻּפִּים tupím ‘drums’

– gemination blocks the spirantization that normally would have occurred after a vowel, hence the pronunciation /p/ instead of /f/

– in the singular, פ appears word-finally, but Hebrew does not have word-final gemination so it does not happen

– there has to be a compensatory lengthening of the preceding vowel, so the historically short vowel ֻ /u/ becomes the historically long ֹ /o/

HebrewPod101.com Verified
Thursday at 07:48 PM
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Hi Anton Bauer,

Thanks for posting this great question.

Unfortunately, there aren't any easy rules one could always follow regarding this issue. Generally, the letter "ת" appears very often at the end of feminine nouns (singular and plural), so if that's the case you can be relatively confident that "ת" will be correct.

Elsewhere, one must simply learn vocabulary to be able to get the right intuition for it. Eventually, it get's easy.

This is a little bit like the question of when we use "C" and "K" in English (or "G" and "J", or "U" and "A" as vowels...) - sometimes there's no easy answer, and the only way to know is by having more experience with the language 😉

I hope that somehow helps anyway :)



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Anton Bauer
Saturday at 11:52 PM
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Shalom! How would you know when to use 'Taf' instead of 'Tet' for spelling, since they both sound similar? Toda, Anton.

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Thursday at 08:17 PM
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Hi Maria,

Thanks for posting!

As you may gather by now - Hebrew has many things that are not so rigid, and pronunciation varies significantly between different speakers. The modern Hebrew contains all these differences without much difficulty. The letter "ת" is written with a "vav" (ו), but mostly pronounced "taf" nowadays, maybe to differentiate it drom the word "note", that is pronounced "tav" and written identically (תו)

We're glad that you enjoyed the song! We hope it will help you learn all the letters :)



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Friday at 08:25 AM
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Thank you for the alphabet song! Is this the official Hebrew alphabet song? I remember I heard a different version before!

Thank you!

Friday at 08:23 AM
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I always thought that the letter taf was named "tav." Is "tav" wrong? Is the letter actually named taf?