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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 finished up the first 10 Hebrew letters of the Alef-Beit, and 6 niqqud symbols.
Can you remember how to write "Good brother" in Hebrew?
I am sure you can do it!
Now lets move on to the eleventh letter- כ- 'kaf'.
The sound of 'kaf' is 'k'.
lets write it-
one.
one.
Just half a circle to the right, starting from the upper left side- and going down.
The print is the same but with sharp corners-
one, two.
one, two.
'kaf' actually is only pronounced like 'k' when it has a dot inside. Just like 'Beit' only has the b sound when it has this dot.
Without the dot it sounds like 'h'.
כ- 'haf'.
A good example is the word-
כּוֹכָב- 'kohav'- which means a star.
כּוֹכָב
כּ
וֹ
כָ
ב
and in print-
כּוֹכָב
Be careful, though. The letter 'haf'(sound 'h') takes a different shape when it is written at the end of the word-
It looks like this:
ך
ך
one.
one.
the print is quite similar-
ך
ך
Just with a sharp corner.
Pay attention to lengthen the stroke down out of the frame.
Now let's have a short review of the first 11 letters -- The first half of the alphabet!
Be ready with a pen and paper;
I'll say the letter out loud, starting from 'Alef' and give you a second to write it down, first in hand writing and then in print style.
Then I will write it myself- first- the handwriting versioin and then the print.
Are you ready?
Let's go.
'Alef'
א,א
'Beit'
בּבּ,
'Gimel'
ג,ג
'Dalet'
ד,ד
'Hei'
ה,ה
'Vav'
ו,ו
'Zayin'
ז,ז
'Het'
ח,ח
'Tet'
ט,ט
'Yod'
י,י
and
'Kaf'
כּ,כּ
Good job!
Now it's time for Yana's insight.
How is your Alef-Beit learning going? If you're having a tough time with some characters, how about checking them out on the Alef-Beit chart in HebrewPod101.com's learning center. Don't just get stuck in one learning method - mix it up for best results!
In this lesson we studied the letter 'kaf' with its variations and did a review of the last 11 alef-beit letters.
Next lesson we will continue with two more letters.
Do you know what -למה- means?
So WHY not join me to the next lesson?!
See you!
Bye!!!

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Hi Gokul David,


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Great teaching👍. It helps me learn Hebrew easily.

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Hi Maria,


Thanks for posting this great question!


Well, theoretically, there is no problem to add a "dagesh" point to "kafsofit" (ך) and make it sound like "k", but I can't think of any case in Hebrew where it happens... usually, letters that appear at the ending of words appear without dagesh. Another example is the letter "pe sofit" (ף) which appears in Hebrew only as "fe sofit" (F sound) and never as "pe sofit" (P sound).


I hope that helps!


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Maria
Friday at 12:41 AM
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Hello!


The letter khaf has a khafsofit (without a dot) at the end of a word. Does kaf also have a kafsofit (with a dot)? Or is khaf the only one that has a sofit and not kaf?


Thanks!

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Hi Fred,


Please check out the Hebrew Alphabet Chart here:

https://www.hebrewpod101.com/hebrew-alphabet/#chart


In case of any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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Fred
Wednesday at 07:36 PM
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Hi,

i cannot find the Alef-Beit chart or Hebrew101 Learning Center. Where is it? The search function does not help...

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Hi Reto,


Thank you for posting! Let us know if you have any questions.


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Monday at 10:37 PM
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Monday at 06:48 PM
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Hi Byron,


Thanks for posting!


Yes, this is an accepted form for it and it's seen often. With hand-writing, we must remember that the general shape is kept, but there are various styles and variations, every person writes a little different.


Thanks again for your question and enjoy learning Hebrew with us!


Yours,

Roi

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Byron
Friday at 09:53 PM
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Yana's printed chaf sofit is somewhat different to what I've seen before. (It's a pity I can't attach an image to this comment!) Is her's a variation or what is more commonly these days?