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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 lesson, we learned the first two letters of the alef-beit. Do you remember them?
In this lesson we'll move on to the next couple of letters and the first Niqqud symbol.
So let’s start! Bou nathil!
The third letter of the alef-beit is Gimel. The sound of Gimel is 'g'.
Let’s first see how to write it by hand.
ג (handwriting)
and in print
ג (printed)
They look quite different don't they!
But the good news is that you already can write another Hebrew word
'gag'- This means roof.
גג (handwriting)
and in print
גג (printed)
Here you may be a little confused. If you were to see this word written, you might want to read it as “gg” -- there’s no vowel sound! In Hebrew the vowels are often not written. You would know that this word is pronounced “gag” because it has been taught to you before.
And this is why the Niqqud is so important. The Niqqud shows learners of the Hebrew language what vowel sound is used in words, but don’t rely on them too much! As you get more experienced with Hebrew, you should be able to remember how to read words even if the Niqqud is not attached.
Now it’s time to introduce to you the first Niqqud. Remember, Niqqud are small points and lines that are placed below consonants. This first one has the sound 'a' - just like Alef.
This is “kamats” and it looks like this-
and it is always written right under the consonant letter.
Let’s write “roof” a couple more times while pronouncing its sound-ָ-'a'.
So for example,
גָג
and in print
גָג
also the word -אָבָּא- has kamats under two of its letters.
אָבָּא
and in print
אָבָּא
So now you can read and write two words in Hebrew using the full vowel system.
You can adjust the sound of the letter Gimel by writing a comma right here. Now it is read 'g' (as in the name "George")
First the 'gimel' and then the comma on the upper left side.
and in print-
'ג-
So now let’s move to the fourth letter 'dalet' with the sound of 'd'.
ד
That’s it! Just one curve for the hand writing.
and the print
ד
So let’s make another word with the letters ג and ד-
Here 'dag'- means fish. This will come in very handy whenever you’re at a restaurant.
Let’s write it:
דג
'da'
'g'
and now in print-
דג
Now it's time for Yana's insights.
Don't get lost in studying and forget the real world - find Hebrew letters around you! Don't see any alef-beit letters around you? Go to HebrewPod101.com and check out the alef-beit transcripts for every lesson dialogue. You may not be able to read them all yet, but you can get a feel for how the Hebrew letters are used in real life.
Do you know what אהבה -"ahava" means?
Its the most romantic word in Hebrew!
You will be able to write and read this and more in the next lesson. See you then!
Lehitraot!!!

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Hi Neel L. Lumi,


Thank you very much for enlighting us regarding this issue!


We will definitely do our best to take this into consideration when writing new content 👍


Thanks for helping us improve our lessons even more 😉 and enjoy learning Hebrew 😄


Best,

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Neel L. Lumi
Sunday at 02:49 AM
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There is a difference between the geresh, which is the diacritic thing added to ג to give it an English j-sound, and an apostrophe or single quote mark.

– The former looks like this: ׳

– The latter looks like this: ’

To type them while your keyboard is set to Hebrew, keep the alt key pressed and type the following sequences (known as ‘alt codes’) on the number pad:

– 0215 for the former

– 0146 for the latter

…and release the alt key.


Similarly, note the difference between gershayim, usually used to mark initialisms and acronyms (e.g. צַהַ״ל Tzáhal ‘IDF’, short for צְבָא הַהֲגָנָה לְיִשְׂרָאֵל Tzvà haHaganá leYisra’él ‘Israeli Defence Force’), and quote marks:

– The former looks like this: ״ (alt code 0216)

– The latter looks like this: ” (alt code 0148)

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Hi Lukas,


Thanks for the awesome feedback and for sharing your question! 😄😄


Interesting question, I actually never really put much thought into it. I guess both versions would be fine, where the "how to say djimel" would be more casual and spoken, and the "gimel with an apostrophe" would be used in writing texts or more official language.


Happy to help, and enjoy learning Hebrew with us 😄❤️️❤️️


Yours,

Roi

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Lukas
Friday at 09:13 PM
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Hi!

I want to thank you for teaching us how to write the alef-beit. ^^

And by the way, 'gimel' sounds like 'g-mail'.

And I've got a question. If someone tells you to write the dj-sound of gimel, do they tell you to write 'djimel' or do they tell you to write 'gimel with a comma on the top'?

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Hi שמגט, Thahira and Neil


Thanks for posting and for the great feedback! 😄😄


We're happy to hear that you are enjoying our lessons ❤️️


@Neil - Please note that the different writing appears only on the video [1:15] - the text you've copied it the transcription of the videos, where the difference is unfortunately not visible, as we can't type in handwritten form...! 😅😉😉


Please let us know may you have any questions! 👍👍


Sincerely,


Roi


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Neil
Sunday at 10:49 AM
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I am confused with the transcript. No difference between the handwriting and printed versions.


Let’s first see how to write it by hand.

ג (handwriting)

and in print

ג (printed)

They look quite different don't they!


They are exactly the same!! Please explain

Thahira
Friday at 09:54 PM
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These videos are amazing 😍 but they are just short. I love her teaching skills and how she teaches words while learning. A big thumbs up👍👍.

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Tuesday at 06:37 AM
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Wednesday at 06:25 PM
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Hi suprakash and André Ramos,


Thanks for commenting!


@suprakash - you can try to either install Hebrew on your operating system settings or simply use a virtual keyboard online and then copy and paste the answers. Try looking up "virtual Hebrew keyboard" - I'm sure you'll find a few good options 👍


@André Ramos - Thanks for the great feedback! We're happy to hear that you enjoy learning with Yana! Don't worry - we have a very talented group of teachers and I'm sure you will continue to learn and enjoy our lessons 😄😄


Best,

Roi

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André Ramos
Thursday at 03:44 PM
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Why doesn't Yana teach anymore? I really like her didactic way of teaching ...