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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Hebrew Pronunciation Guide.
You've made it to the last lesson! Do you feel more confident about speaking in Hebrew now?
In this last lesson, we'll wrap things up by quizzing you on the material that we've covered in this series.
Let's practice!
Make sure to practice out loud with this lesson!
You know all the parts and pieces, but can you speak Hebrew with a natural accent?
If you've been quiet up until now, be sure to speak out loud with (host name)!
Are you ready? Let's go!
You probably knew this phrase before you started this series, but did you know how to pronounce it correctly?
Give it a shot!
בוקר טוב "good morning"
Did you pronounce this sound correctly?
Many learners often struggle with this simple phrase because there's growling R-like sound that is unusual for many speakers. Try pronouncing it again.
בוקר טוב "good morning"
If you still haven't got it, go back to lesson 6 to review the material.
What about this next one?
פרח נוי "ornamental flower"
Did you pronounce the diphthong correctly?
It's identical to the diphthong in the English word 'boy'. We covered this sound in lesson 7.
Listen to it again.
פרח נוי "ornamental flower"
Okay. Let's move on.
Where is the stress in this example?
דבר "thing"
In this example, the final syllable is stressed. Stress will predominantly fall on the last two syllables of a word, with the final syllable being much more likely, so if you had to guess, it's quite likely that the stress is on the final syllable.
דבר "thing"
Here's the last one.
Diacritics aren't normally marked in most Hebrew texts, but could you read the following?
בּ
The dot in the center indicates that this letter is pronounced as a B sound like 'buy'.
Okay, last one.
בַ
This has a horizontal line segment underneath the letter which indicates that the letter is meant to be pronounced as an A, like in the word 'far'.
How did it go? Do you feel like you have a better accent than you did at the beginning of this series?
What parts of Hebrew Pronunciation are still difficult for you?
Good luck as you continue learning Hebrew! Bye!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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What parts of Hebrew Pronunciation are still difficult for you?

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Saturday at 12:15 AM
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Hi Maria,


Thanks for posting and sharing this!


Yes, the letter "ר" is challenging for many Hebrew learners, but everything gets better with practice 😄👍


Enjoy learning Hebrew and make sure to let us know in case you have any questions!


Best,

Roi

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Maria
Saturday at 10:55 PM
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Hello!


For me, the hardest letter to pronounce is ר. I become a bit slow on pronouncing words with that letter, for example, the word דבר. The letter becomes hard to pronounce especially if it comes at the end of a word or before an "ee" vowel or after a consonant.


All other Hebrew letters don't seem too hard to pronounce 😁 I think I can pronounce them fine 👍 It's just the ר that can make my mouth feel like in a knot haha 😄

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Tuesday at 09:20 PM
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Hi Joshua and Bart,


Thanks for posting and for sharing your difficulties.


@Joshua - The letter ח is one of the more challenging ones. Unfortunately, I can't help with this through chat, but I recommend you to listen to the pronunciation carefully and try to imitate it. You can record yourself as well.


@Bart - you actually wrote the answer yourself 😅 Yod is a letter with 2 roles - vowel and consonant. It presents quite a challenge to non-native readers. It's clearer when reading with Nikkud, as the letter before would mostly have the Nikkud sign "chirik" (a single dot under the letter) to make the vowel "ee", or the Nikkud sign "tzere" (2 horizontal dots under the letter) to make the vowel "ey".


I hope that helps 👍


Yours,

Roi

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Bart
Friday at 06:36 PM
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Hi, I'm a little confused about pronunciation of words containing the letter yodי. I'm not exactly sure how it functions in a word, it seems it can do a few things, like make an i ("ee") vowel sound, or a "y-" as in "you"? Could you clarify? Thanks a lot,

Joshua
Friday at 10:18 AM
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Theletter chet is the hardest letter for me to pronounce because im confused about the way to pronounce it still some people say with a gutteral sound but then i hear some hebrew readers say it amd it disnt have that gutteral sound when theh say it such is the case when someone reads the Hebrew that is fkuent with the language. Please j3lp ke woth the pronunciation of this letter

HebrewPod101.com
Thursday at 09:38 PM
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Hi Abdelhak Haiouani,


Thank you for commenting and for the great feedback!


We appreciate it! Let us know if anything isn't clear or in case you have any question 👍👍


Yours,

Roi

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Abdelhak Haiouani
Wednesday at 08:15 AM
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Perfect !

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Friday at 04:19 AM
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Hi Vanessa Longwood,


Thanks for your comment!


Learning to read a new language is sure ain't easy, but I'm sure you'll see a huge advancement in two weeks!


Good luck and enjoy learning with us!

Roi

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Vanessa Longwood
Saturday at 11:28 AM
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The diacritics ? I struggle with reading Hebrew because I'm awful at reading any language other then my own (English) but now there's more to add to my heap of trying to learn Hebrew fluently in 2 weeks ???

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Thursday at 06:27 AM
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Hi anders,


Thanks for commenting and for the nice emoticons!


Enjoy learning,

Roi

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