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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 third and fourth Hebrew letters- ג and ד.
Do you remember how to write 'fish'?
and what about 'roof'?
In this lesson, we will learn how to write the word for “love” in Hebrew;
Are you ready? So let’s start! Bou nathil!
The fifth Hebrew letter is ה-'Hei'.
'Hei's sound is 'h', but it can also sound like 'a'.
You will see how it changes in a second!
Let’s first write it in hand writing-
(pronouncing 'hei')
The print version is very similar-
(pronouncing)
Make sure to keep 'hei' curved while hand writing but use sharp angles in print.
So, as I mentioned 'hei' can sound like both 'h' and 'a'. The word אהבה- 'ahava' uses it in both ways. When `Hei` appears the end of a word, it will always sound as `a`.
אהבה 'ahava'- is love in Hebrew.
Let’s try to write it
א
ה pronounced “ha”
ב remember the sound here is 'v' so we don't need the dot of 'beit'
ה pronouncing “a”
Let’s do it once more in hand writing-
אהבה
אהבה
Isn't it a beautiful word? With a beautiful curved shape?
Now lets do it in print-
א- one, two, three
ה- one, two
ב- one, two
ה-one, two
So if you want to add the full Niqqud for this word - we need to use a new niqqud symbol.
'Patah'- ַ
Just like 'Kamats' from last lesson- 'patah' has the sound of 'a'.
Now remember, when you write in modern Hebrew, you don’t need to use the niqqud system- it is there mostly for you to read, especially when learning new vocabulary, or if you want to study the Hebrew Bible.
Now lets spell אהבה with the full niqqud;
אָהָבַה
אָ
הָ
בַ
ה
Here you saw how the letter 'hei' can sound in two different ways,
So you already know 5 Hebrew letters and several words. Don't forget to practice the characters in both hand writing and print!
Now it's time for Yana's insights.
Doesn't 'Hei' from this lesson sound like "hey' in English?
When you say hello to your friends?
That’s exactly the sound for Hebrew letter 'hei'- now you can think of the letter 'hei' when saying hello to your friends and better memorize it!
In the next lesson we will see how one word can be pronounced in 3 different ways in Hebrew. It__ may sound confusing, but remember, you’ll have the niqqud to help you.
See you next time!
Lehitraot!!!

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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Monday at 03:05 AM
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Hi Dan,


Thanks for posting your question!


Well, there is a good reason why it will be hard to find the handwritten forms online, as printed texts and digitalized fonts use the handwritten form only very very rarely.


You can see both writing forms for all of the Hebrew letters on the following page:

https://gomeminuhavida.schmidt-grafikdesign.com/hebrew-cursive-writing-alphabet-32488np.html


Happy to assist :)


Yours,

Roi

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Dan
Saturday at 04:55 AM
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Why does VET in handwriting here looks nothing like the VET from the first lesson, with a clear curve at the bottom and no sharp angle except for the turning point? Is this an acceptable variation? I looked online and I couldn't find this form.

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Thursday at 08:24 PM
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Hi Jennifer,


Thanks for posting!


The answer is very simple - there is no difference! 😄😄

There might have been a difference in the past, as "Kamats" is considered a "large" vowel, and "patach" a "small" vowel, but nowadays they are pronounced identically.


This has one exception - sometimes, kamats can be a "small" kamats, which makes the vowel "O". This will be discussed in future lessons. 👍


I hope that helps :)


Yours,

Roi

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Jennifer
Sunday at 03:34 AM
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What is the difference in sound between the kamats and patakh? Both make the sound "a". Like in the word "aba" and "ahava" I am confused by that!

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Wednesday at 08:50 PM
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Hi Charles,


Thanks for posting!


Learning how to apply nikkud (punctuation marks) is not really a part of our Hebrew learning scheme... to be honest, most native Hebrew speakers wouldn't know the answer to your question as well as the reasons to use one sign or the other take a deep understanding of Hebrew linguistics...

At this point, it is important that you would know how to read the different signs, but when you write you can avoid the punctuation marks altogether - this is eventually how one is writing in Hebrew 😄


I hope that helps :)


Best,

Roi

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Charles
Monday at 09:35 AM
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how do we know to use 'Patah' since it sounds just like 'Kamats' - the sound of 'a'?

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Thursday at 03:46 AM
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Hi Roman,


Thanks for posting your question!


Yes, this is the most common and correct way to write the letter "ה". Similarly, all of the letters that resemble the letter "ר" are written this way (ר,כ,ך,ק,ב, and so on...).


I hope that's help 👍


Best,

Roi

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Roman
Thursday at 02:22 AM
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שלום!

You write ה from the left to the right. Is it an authentic way to do this? Or there is no correct method at all?

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Monday at 12:05 AM
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Hi M.C.,


Thanks for commenting!


Explaining "why" questions in Hebrew is very hard, as words and structures formed over thousands of years and have various reasons for the current writing form.

The notion "when you can use Aleph" is also, unfortunately, wrong, as one doesn't have a choice about these matters 😅


I hope that helps 😄


Best,

Roi

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M.C.
Saturday at 11:23 AM
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Why use Hei at the end of a word when you can use Aleph?