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Hebrew alphabet

Hebrew is a member of the Canaanite group of Semitic languages. It was the language of the early Jews, but from 586 BC it started to be replaced by Aramaic. By 70 AD use of Hebrew as an everyday language had largely ceased, but it continued to be used for literary and religious functions, as well as a lingua franca among Jews from different countries.

Learn the Hebrew alphabet

Sesame Street Style – Hebrew Alphabet

During the mid-19th century the first efforts were made to revive Hebrew as a everyday language. One man who played a major role in these efforts was Eliezer Ben Yehuda (1858-1922), who was the first to make exclusive use of Hebrew in his home, and encouraged the use of Hebrew among others, as well as its use in schools.

Hebrew Alphabet English Sound Pronunciation Example
א a as in Albert
ב b as in Bob
ג g as in galaxy
ד d as in door
ה h as in hotel
ו v as in vest
ז z as in zebra
ח sharp h as in Hamburg
ט t as in town
י y as in year
ך k (final) as in neck
כ k as in kit
ל l as in light
ם m as in home
מ m as in moon
ן n (final) as in man
נ n as in nice
ס s as in sweet
ע ‘a no equivalent
ף p (final) as in loop
פ p as in pony
ץ ts (final) as in cats
צ ts as in tsunami
ק qu as in queen
ר r as in room
ש sh as in show
ת t as in team
Other Nikkudim
ב b as in bank
כ k as in king
פּ p as in park
תּ t as in time
וּ u as in ultimate
ו v as in vanity
אֽ a as in Albert
אֿ a as in alphabet
שׁ sh as in shine
שׂ s as in small
וֹ o as in olympics

Introduction to the Hebrew Alphabet – Part 1

Introduction to the Hebrew Alphabet – Part 2