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Hebrew Consonants and vowels

LESSON 12
"U" class vowels

The "U" class vowels

All the "U" class vowels are pronounced with an "oo" sound. The vav of holam vav is a matres lectionis—it is not a consonant but acts as a vowel.

In modern Hebrew there is no differentiation in vowel length for kubuts and shuruk and the practice, called ktiv male (full spelling), always using shuruk has developed.

'U" class vowels are usually transliterated with the letter "u".

consonant symbol

"A" class Vowels

 

Practice. ...Putting things together.
Listen to and practice saying these consonant-vowel combinations. Each combination, whether open or closed, represents a syllable.

 

OPEN syllables

 

CLOSED syllables

 

Now for some real Hebrew words

 

WORKSHEET DOWNLOAD: Print your Hebrew
vowels WORKSHEET to accompany
Lessons 8-13. HERE.

continue to Lesson 13: Hebrew Diphthongs. HERE.

 
           
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