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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!
Last lesson we reached the half-way point of the Hebrew Alef-Beit and did a review of what you’ve learned so far. Did you practice them all?
So I guess you are ready for the next two letters that we will learn in this lesson.
They are ל `Lamed`, with the sound of `L`, and the letter מ `Mem`, with an `M` sound.
So lets start writing:
ל`Lamed` looks different in hand and print writing, so pay attention and remember to pronounce the letter while writing;
ל (handwriting)
ל looks like a loop, doesn`t it? The word "loop" in Hebrew actually starts with `Lamed`- לֹוּלָאָה `Lulaa`- a loop.
Can you read this word without niqqud?
לולאה (handwriting)
לולאה-Loop- easy to remember, right?
In print it looks like this;
ל (print)
So how "loop" will look in print?
לולאה (print)
ילד-`Yeled` -is a boy in Hebrew.
ילד (handwriting)
and in print-
ילד (print)
If you wondered how we make the sound of `e` in ילד, you’re paying very good attention. There’s a new niqqud there called `Segol`, and it looks like this- ֶ - , You say it with the sound `e`.
So lets write ילד with proper niqqud;
יֶלֶד (handwriting)
and in print-
יֶלֶד (print)
another example using `Segol` is -
כֶּלֶב-`Kelev`- a dog.
כֶּלֶב (handwriting)
and in print-
כֶּלֶב (print)
Could you read `Kelev` without the niqqud there at all?
The next letter is מ - `Mem`, and it hשד an `M` sound.
In hand writing, it looks like this-
one, two, three.
one, two, three.
and in print-
one, two.
one, two.
מ-`Mem` changes when at the end of a word, just like, in the previous lesson, `Haf`.
It looks like this- ם
one, two.
one, two.
and in print-ם
one, two, three.
one, two, three.
You might say it looks like a square.
מָיִם -`Maim`- is water in Hebrew.
here you can see both variations of `Mem`-
מָיִם (with niqqud)
and in print-
מָיִם(with niqqud).
So how would you read this word?
מֶלֶךְ (meleh with niqqud)
this is `meleh`- a king.
Can you write `meleh` in print?
Here's Yana's insight:
Have you been checking out the Alef-Beit transcripts for HebrewPod101's lessons? I bet you can read a lot more now than you could after lesson 2. Go back and browse the Alef-Beit transcripts for a lesson or two, and you'll be amazed at how far you've come! Just think - a little more, and you'll understand the whole thing!
This lesson we learned the letters `Lamed` and `Mem` and the niqqud `Segol` (with the sound of e).
In the next lesson We will have a little quiz, so practice your Alef-Beit and the niqqud!
See you then!


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Sunday at 11:43 PM
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Hi Edward,

Thanks for posting! We are happy to have you with us! 😄😄

If you are referring to the word "king" - "מלך" - this is simply how it's written, and pronounced. The last consonant is a 'kh' sound - a khaf sofit. Our ears need sometimes time do develop a sensitivity to distinguish the new sounds. You can try slowing down the lesson and listen to it again carefully - this might help :)

Please let us know if this is still unclear and if you have any questions.



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Sunday at 05:55 PM
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It is very interesting to follow this course!!

You have to listen very carefully to the prononciation.

But still if I hear the word MELEK I hear for the last sound a "CH" and not a "kaf sofit". Why do you write a "kaf sofit"?

Thursday at 09:03 PM
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Hi Felicia,

Thank you for helping out with your message!

You're right, to download the Lesson Notes pdf (which, in this case, has the vocabulary and vocabulary phrase usage sections - this last one with the referred chart) you can click on the disk icon below the lesson’s title and select [Lesson Notes].

Looking forward to seeing you often here.



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Tuesday at 12:46 AM
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Beside the “Mark Complete” box are a series of greyed out icons.

The one labeled PDF contains the chart referred to in the lesson.

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Tuesday at 12:02 PM
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Hi Barbara,

Thank you for posting.

I'm not sure what chart you are referring to.

But you can find a chart with the Hebrew Alphabet here:


Let us know if you have questions.



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Friday at 04:02 AM
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where is this chart that she shows under lessons ?

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Monday at 02:09 AM
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Hi Julan,

Thanks for commenting!

Yes, that is correct :)

Please feel free to comment and share your work here always.



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Wednesday at 09:36 AM
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Hello :)

In the word מֶלֶךְ, the niqqud used under kaf soffit was shva, and as it was explained before it is used to keep the original sound of the letter, which is (k) in this example. So the word should have been pronounced (malak) instead of (malach).

Thank you & Regards

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Friday at 02:22 PM
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Hi, Mohamed!

Thank you for your comment.

Most typed fonts (except the ones mimicking a hand-written style, which are rarely used) are in print. Of course, there are differences between computer fonts and between every person's individual handwriting style. But the differences between print letters- דפוס, dfus (the kind you'll see in newspapers, magazines, and books), and the written letters- כתב, ktav (the one used when writing) are very visible.



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Tuesday at 08:45 PM
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Hi Patrick,

Thanks for posting!

Yes, Melech (king) is written with a lady soffit - מלך.



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