Hebrew vowels

Get to know the Hebrew vowels: how they make your voice sound different

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Hebrew vowels

What are Hebrew vowels?
They are the sounds that form the words in Hebrew.
The vowel sounds in Hebrew are made by pushing air through your mouth and making different noises.
There are 13 vowel sounds in Hebrew.


Introduction: What are Hebrew vowels?

The Hebrew language is composed of consonants and vowels.
The letters that make up the Hebrew alphabet are arranged in a way that reflects vowel sounds.
It’s important to know the vowel sounds so you can correctly pronounce the Hebrew words.

There are six vowel sounds in Hebrew:

How are Hebrew vowels written? When speaking or writing Hebrew, the letters that make up a word are pronounced one after the other.
The vowel points determine where in the word each letter should be pronounced.
Here’s a breakdown of how Hebrew vowels are written: Vowel Points

Aa – like “father”
Ee – like “key”
Ii – like “dye”
Oo – like “moon”
Uu – like “dew”
The vowel points are always written before the letters that they affect.
For example, in the word hayah (heart), the vowel point for Oo is written before Yeh and Hay.


The Vowels: Pronunciation

The Hebrew language has six vowels: a, e, i, o, u, and y. Each vowel is pronounced in a slightly different way. Here are the basic rules for pronouncing Hebrew vowels:

There are six basic Hebrew vowels: a, e, i, o, u, and y. These letters are pronounced by making the corresponding sound with your mouth closed. Here are the rules for pronouncing each vowel:

A: The “a” sound is made by puffing your cheeks out and making a “ah” sound.
E: The “e” sound is made by putting your tongue in the front of your mouth and sticking it out slightly.
I: The “i” sound is made by sucking in your breath and holding it until you hear a “eee” sound.
O: The “o” sound is made by closing your lips tightly together and producing a “huh-huh” noise.

1. In Hebrew, each vowel is pronounced distinctly. The way to pronounce a Hebrew vowel is by placing your lips on the corresponding letter and puffing out your cheeks while making the sound. For example, the letter ‘a’ is pronounced like ‘ah’, ‘e’ like ‘eh’, and so on.

2. It’s important to remember that there are no silent letters in Hebrew! Every letter has a corresponding sound, so it’s important to get used to pronouncing them correctly.

3. Once you know how to say each Hebrew vowel, it will be easy to understand words in Hebrew – pronunciation is key!



The Dagesh: What is it?

The Hebrew language has a number of vowel sounds that are not found in other languages.
The length and position of these sounds play a major role in the pronunciation of Hebrew words.
The Hebrew word for “vowel” is dagesh.
Dagesh is made up of two hebrew letters, Dage and Shaddai. Together, they form the letter shin in the hebrew alphabet.


The Shva: What is it?

The Hebrew vowel system can be a little confusing at first. There are actually 13 vowels in the language, but only 8 of them are used in everyday speech.
The other 5 vowels form the Shva, which is the Hebrew word for “vowel.”

The Shva is made up of two parts: the long vowel sound and the short vowel sound.
To say “the cat sat” you would use the long vowel sound (the a in sat) and the short vowel sound (the e in sat).
To say “the cat ate” you would use the short vowel sound (the i in ate) and the long vowel sound (the a in ate).



The Hebrew vowels can be grouped into three categories: open, close and central.
The open vowels are those that are pronounced with a more open mouth, such as the a in father.
The close vowels are those that are pronounced with a more closed mouth, such as the e in bed.
The central vowels are those that fall somewhere between the two, such as the o in moon.

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