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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Hebrew Pronunciation Guide.
In this lesson, you'll learn 8 Hebrew consonant sounds.
ל
מ
נ
ס
שׁ
ת
ז"
These consonant sounds are identical to the ones in English.
So if you know English, they should already be familiar to you.
Are you ready?
Then let's get started!
The first consonant sound is...
יום ""day"""
It's identical to the Y in the word 'you'.
י, י (slowly)
י, י (slowly)
The next consonant is...
לא ""no"" "
It's identical to the L in the word 'look'.
ל, ל (slowly)
ל, ל (slowly)
The next consonant is...
מה ""what"" "
It's identical to the M in the word 'moon'.
מ, מ (slowly)
מ, מ (slowly)
The next consonant is...
נס ""miracle"" "
It's identical to the N in the word 'nice'.
נ ,נ (slowly)
נ ,נ (slowly)
The next consonant is...
"ס/שׂ
סוף ""end"""
It's identical to the S in the word 'send'.
ס/שׂ, ס/שׂ (slowly)
ס/שׂ, ס/שׂ (slowly)
The next consonant is...
"שׁ
שנה ""year"""
It's identical to the 'sh' sound in the word 'sheep'.
שׁ, שׁ (slowly)
שׁ, שׁ (slowly)
The next consonant is...
תן ""give"""
Like the T in the word 'take'.
ת, ת (slowly)
ת, ת (slowly)
The final consonant sound for this lesson is...
זה ""it"""
It's identical to the Z in the word 'zoo'.
ז, ז (slowly)
ז, ז (slowly)
Well done! You just learned another 8 Hebrew consonants.
ל
מ
נ
ס
שׁ
ת
ז"
Are there more familiar sounds than you expected? Let us know if you have questions in the comments.
In the next lesson, you'll learn 5 consonant sounds that are unfamiliar to English speakers.
See you in the next Ultimate Hebrew Pronunciation Guide lesson!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Are there more familiar sounds than you expected?

HebrewPod101.com
Tuesday at 11:26 PM
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Hi Abhishek,


Thanks for commenting and for sharing!


This is another reason that makes learning a 3rd language (and 4th, and so on...) easier than the 2nd one!

There are always a few similarities between languages and we gain an advantage in some without even knowing 😄


Happy learning :)

Roi

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Abhishek
Tuesday at 11:08 PM
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These consonant sounds are very similar to my native language Kannada but we don't have z sound but I know English so, I

can pronounce it.

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Hi Elizabeth,


Thank you for posting.


Please feel free to post any questions you have so we can assist you. 👍


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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Elizabeth
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im learning but still cant figure out some stuff

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Hi Danya Utley,


Thanks for posting and for sharing this issue with us.


I understand the difficulty and would forward your request to the right address... 👍


Enjoy the next lessons!


Yours,

Roi

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Danya Utley
Thursday at 01:21 AM
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I would have liked to have seen the vowel marks when introducing the consonants and the words that went with them. I found it beneficial to try to pronounce the words prior to the speaker to see what I had retained. It made it very difficult to do this without the vowel marks. I know that we will eventually be comfortable without them, but it would have certainly helped until then. Other than that, I have really enjoyed the lessons thus far.

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Hi Raini Way,


Thanks for commenting!


Interesting observations..! “Sin” isn't really a short for “sinister” - but can be a good way to remember it and distinguish from it's sister "shin".


Yours,

Roi

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Raini Way
Saturday at 06:11 AM
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How I remember which dot is which on shin/sin: "Sin" can be short for the Latin word "sinister," which means "left." The dot on sin is on the left side. Yep, you left-handed people are sinister. ?


I notice that 't' in Hebrew is much softer than in English. It sounds so gentle when you pronounce it. Whereas English speakers are all like, "Here, let me spit all over you with my T! TUH! TUH! TAKE that!" We treat the letter 'p' much the same way. Hence the phrase, "Say it, don't spray it."

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Hi Tom,


Thanks for posting!


Well, it's simple, but might be tricky to understand -


“I work all day” - אני עובד כל היום - note "כל היום" (Kol HAyom (literally: all the day))

“I work every day” - אני עובד בכל יום - note - bekhol yom = (lit. - "in every day")


The "Ha" addition before 'day' on the first sentence implies that it is a specifications, whilst without it it's a generalization.


I hope it is clearer now, please let us know if you have further difficulties.


Yours,

Roi

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Tom
Friday at 04:09 AM
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How do you distinguish between "I work all day" and "I work every day"?