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A quick introduction to the Hebrew alphabet, showing each consonant and each vowel and telling the pronunciation as you will hear it in American synagogues. I am part-way through another series that goes into more depth — and yes, I will be completing that — but I gather that some people just wanted it quick and dirty. So here’s the entire alphabet in less than 10 minutes!

Hebrew – עִבְרִית – letters can be hard, even tricky at first, but if you can master the letter Aleph – א – Aleph – אָלֶף – you might be surprised at just how easy the rest of the Hebrew Aleph-bet will become. This is a must before you go on and try to tackle all of the other letters in the Hebrew Language. Enjoy.
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שָׁלוֹם
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41 thoughts on “Hebrew Alphabet (Just the Letters)

  1. sad to see this. its so obvious that the hebrew language has been corrupted. in the the original hebrew language, each letter has a distinct pronunciation.

    • Theres nothing wrong about reading with vowels because it helps non-native speaker to determine the correct vowel sounds of words and the meaning based on context.

      I was referring to the consonants in my previous posts. Some of the pronunciation of consonants are wrong in modern hebrew.

      One example, modern hebrew does not distinguish the difference between the pronunciation of Ayin ע and Aleph א

      I mean, whats the point of having two different alphabets if they are to be pronounced the same way ? to me its degrading the language

    • You guys complaining about Hebrew changing are obviously not psycholinguists. Or linguists. No language is the same now in modern times as it was in ancient times. Italian, English, Irish….

    • +Sheryl Ginsberg​ why are u comparing european languages with a semitic language such as hebrew? They are not the same. Hebrew is a language of revelation from God eg. Torah. While european languages are not. Hebrew loses its beauty and precision due to the imposters who degraded the language

      You said no language is the same as it was before. Thats not true. Classical/quranic arabic has been the same as it was 1400years ago due to the preservation of the Quran and the effort made by scholars to preserve the language. Thats why nobody can ever pervert classical arabic language like how the europeans perverted the hebrew language.

    • Fact Jews from Yemen have the best preserved pronunciation of Hebrew, according to many Israelis I met and in their 2000 years of exile they have never been exposed to any European language. Also many Israeli families are from the Middle East, Iran and North Africa in fact European Jews are a large Minority not Majority. Visit Israel and find out for yourself.

  2. This is the first time that I have heard this language and I have been a Christian for most of my life and I am now sixty years old. This language has a call to it! And just like any new language it is new and leaves you with a decision! I am very sad that this was never introduced to us when becoming a Christian when we were first introduced to the Scriptures! To make us realize that the Scriptures were Jewish! This is a very important starting point don’t you also think so? The saying that most of us know ” well begun is half done ” makes what I am saying a thoughtful idea worth teaching about. Thank you for “YouTube” to make this available.

  3. I am an Asst. Professor of history at City College in Calcutta, India. I have done my PhD on the Calcutta Jewish Community and also went for a fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. I can read and write Hebrew. This is the best video on elementary Hebrew I have ever come across. I would like to know more about the language and its rich vocabulary. I write a little bit of poetry myself and would be interested in translating poetry from simple Hebrew into English. Hebrew is more than a language. It is the living soul of the Jewish people and the embodiment of three millennia heritage. I fervently hope that Hebrew would become more user-friendly for people like us who are interested to get into the nuances of the language. Shalom

    • Good to remember that once you learn the letters Hebrew is phonetic.

      In Israel as I was standing in front of a fast-food restaurant, I wanted to pronounce the names shown. The word for Kosher I knew as clearly as I know how to read the English word “Kosher.”

      But the longer word — well, then I remembered the phonetic. I pronounced each letter and Voila! McDonalds.

      People around me also laughed and I felt pleased to have figured it out (in spite of the obvious arches)

      In Hebrew there is no word for that name so it’s simply done with the letters as would be said in English.

      It was fun reading the signs around the country – but, sad to say, I only knew the meanings of the ones I knew. “Israel” – for instance. “Jerusalem” – another instance.

      Have fun!

    • Donna Baker hello is this an American version I am scratching my head as it seems to be a little bit different from the liberal form of the alphabet or have I got egg on my nose that’s an English saying for you have got that wrong if you can please get back to me I am all ears shalom Deanklous

    • It’s the same for all Duolingo courses with non-Latin scripts, to my knowledge. You’re forced to learn quickly. Transliterating Hebrew (representing Hebrew in Latin script) wouldn’t be very helpful and might simply be confusing.

  4. As an Israeli I must say that you went very depth… Especially in the vowels. All of the forms used to pronouns “Ah” (Phatah) are not really important to distinguish in between. It can be simplified, even native speakers are not familiarized with the differences between all of the vowels.

    • diderot555 personally I don’t mind information like that. It may also be useful for non-native speakers who want to learn Hebrew (like me)

  5. Sad that so many here felt it necessary to be negative. I like learning and Ms Rich has made a huge difference in my life – and the life of others.

    When in Israel most people speak English – but, alas, not like I speak English. I did not make fun of them.

    How I pronounce the English I learned in the midwest of the USA is definitely not how southerns speak. New Yorkers made fun of my accent – and I let them know that their accent has added r’s to words that have no r.

    Oh well.

    Learn from this site – or leave it. Shalom!

  6. This is the most thorough video introduction to Hebrew I’ve ever seen, but it’s only accurate for Modern Hebrew pronunciation. Biblical Hebrew and the traditional pronunciations of Middle Eastern Jewish communities preserved many distinctions between letters that Modern Hebrew has simplified to make learning the language easier for non-native speakers. Unfortunately, however, an increasing number of Israelis are unaware of this fact.

  7. Wow this surprisingly sounds really easy to me. I’m Armenian and my second language is Persian. No offense but pronunciation of the letters are actually similar to how you would pronounce the letters in Persian! Like Alef, vav, mem, nun, shin, sin, etc.These letters sound the same when you try to pronounce Persian Alphabet letters. I’m sure there’s a historical fact behind it that could explain this. If anyone know anything about this please let me know. And as for me I feel like Hebrew should be easy for me for some reason. Hebrew sounds awesome so far!

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