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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 letters ז, ח.
In this lesson we will continue with the next two letters and learn another niqqud.
Are you ready? Bou nathil!
The ninth letter of the Alef-Beit is -
-'Tet'. ט
It has the sound of 't'. Let’s write it:
ט
hand writing-
This letter is a little unusual, in that you need to start from the bottom-up.
and in print-
ט
If you round the corners of the print version- it will be just like the hand writing one-
write (in print- and over in hand)
טוֹב- 'tov' -is good in Hebrew.( in the masculine form)
ט
וֹ
ב
and in print-
טוֹב
in the feminine, you write-
טוֹבה
and in print-
טוֹבה
Now, lets move on to the tenth letter-
י-'Yod'.
which has a 'y' sound
It is probably the simplest letter-
Just like a little comma on the upper-right side of the frame.
and in print-
י
almost the same
just with a little angle.
יָד- 'yad'- is hand.
יָד
and in print-
יָד
יָד
Now we’ve completed 10 letters of the Alef- Beit. You’re almost half way through! Can you believe it?
Before finishing up, lets take a look at another niqqud- 'Shva'- ְ.
'Shva' has no sound. It is a silent vowel.
It just keeps the original sound of the consonant.
like in-
אָחְ- 'ah'- is brother.
אָחְ
and in print-
אָחְ
We will see more examples of 'Shva' in the next lessons.
We’re ready to move beyond words, and write a phrase...
אָחְ טוֹב- 'ah tov'- is good brother in Hebrew. The noun comes first and then the adjective.
Nice job! Soon, you’ll be able to write whole sentences
Now it's time for Yana's insight.
Before starting the next lesson, try to write all letters from Alef- to Yod, several times in a row, while loudly pronouncing each letter.
In the next lesson we will learn the eleventh letter -כּ- 'Kaf', and after that review half the alef-beit!
How many can you remember?
See you in the next lesson!!
Lehitraot!

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Albert Samuel
Monday at 05:54 PM
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Very Good (Tov) :)

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Sunday at 08:32 PM
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Dear Sarah and Arif,


Thanks for your comments!


@Arif - using shva on the last letter in a word is actually happenning quite seldom, as it is regarded to as a "default" vowel, when nothing else appears. Several exceptions are the letter "ך" (kaf sofit) which is marked in a shva and "ת" (tav), as in those cases the voweling can be crucial to differentiate between the two gender conjugations of the word - for example in the verb "אכלת" (you ate) which can be either referring to a male (אָכַלְתָּ = akhalta) or to a female (אָכַלְתְּ)

In both the words "אח" and "טוב" we would actually not have to use the shva vowel at all, as they can't really be mistaken for anything else.


@Sarah - as in every language, the handwriting of different people can defer a little bit... the letter Bet' is written as "ב" in print and as either of the two versions appearing on the lesson in handwriting (Unfortunately, I cannot 'draw the letter here on the comment field 😅)


I hope this helps, please let us know if you have any further questions - we'll do our best to assist 👍😄


Yours,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com

Sarah
Wednesday at 08:08 AM
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The way you hand write Veit in this lesson is different than in the Alef and Beit Lesson video 😭 I do not know how to write beit and veit now

Arif
Sunday at 09:28 PM
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Shalom! Regarding the phrase "good brother", ach tov, we used shva for the letter chet in ach, but not for the letter bet in tov. Is it because assuming that we already know that "ach" is a masculine word, so the adjective can't end with the sound "a"? Can you explain this please? Thanks and greetings from Turkey!

HebrewPod101.com Verified
Saturday at 01:58 AM
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Dear Gyula,


Thanks for your comment!


It is true that often, words that end with "ה" are voweled as "A", but this is not always the case. The letter before "ה" could also be voweled with a tsere / segol (E) as in the word "קָשֶׁה" (kashe - "hard") or even with a kholam (O), as in "אֵיפֹה" (eyfo - "where").


Therefore, the voweling is still useful and necessary 😄


I hope that explanation was clear, please let us know if you have further questions!


Best,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com

Gyula
Wednesday at 03:05 AM
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Hi, regarding the word "good " (feminine) - tova, why is the nikud kamats needed under the Bet ? I understand that kamats indicates the sound vowel "a" ,but at the end of the word Hei is anyway sounds "a" , so for me it seems there are two indications for the vowel "a": טוֹבָה Can you explain it to me please? Thanks!

HebrewPod101.com Verified
Friday at 12:20 AM
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Hi Lukas,


Thanks for posting your question!


It may seem useless, as it's eventually a non-vowel vowel, but actually, Shvas have great importance in Hebrew grammar.

The specifics of this topic will be taught in a later stage, but one example is the rule that the letters "ב,ג,ד,כ,פ,ת" are written with a "dagesh" if the letter before them is voweled with a resting Shva.



Happy to assist, and enjoy learning Hebrew!


Yours,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com

Lukas
Friday at 10:37 PM
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Hi there!


Is there any rule for using the shva-nikkud?

Because, to me, the shva-nikkud seems kind of useless.


Best wishes from Germany!

HebrewPod101.com Verified
Sunday at 06:09 PM
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Hi Steve,


Thanks for posting!


It seems to be working fine on my end, so I guess if there was a problem it's solved - could you try again?


If you still experience difficulties it might be a local problem - please let us know and we'll try to figure out why that happens 👍


Best,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com

Steve
Thursday at 12:22 AM
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