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The Letters of the Hebrew Alphabet

Lesson 1. The Aleph-bet

The Hebrew aleph-bet Hebrew: "Aleph-bet" consists of 22 letters, all of which are consonants. Hebrew words are written using consonants only, there are no letters that are vowels, as in English. Sometimes the letters vav, yod and aleph are quiescent and loose their consonantal nature—they then become silent letters, used to indicate a vowel. We will learn to recognise this use as we progress.

Hebrew is often written with nikkudot: small patterns of dots beneath the letters to indicate the vowel which should be pronounced. We will learn these diacritics in a later lesson.

Our 1st lesson will introduce you to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. You will learn to recognise them in their formal print form and in the cursive script. Throughout these Hebrew lessons we encourage you to learn the cursive script as your hand writing script.

Follow the letters from right to left



Pronunciation Guide
Download an Aleph-Bet chart HERE


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Lesson 2. Some letters of the Hebrew alphabet that change their pronunciation.


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