click here to jump to start of article
Join Our Newsletter

Get latest articles and videos with Jewish inspiration and insights​




Learn the Hebrew Letters

Learn the Hebrew Letters

Learn The Hebrew Letters

by Rob Nacher

Learn the Hebrew Letters

The first step in learning the Hebrew language is to learn the names of the letters. The sound of the letter is usually the beginning sound of the letter's name.

About Pronounciation

There are different dialects of the Hebrew language. The two most common pronunciations are the Ashkenazic dialect, used by European Jewry and their descendents, and the Sefardic dialect, used by Jews from the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern areas. Modern Hebrew uses the Sefardic pronunciation, whereas the pronunciation of prayer or reading from the Torah is dependent on one's descent. The first stage of this ulpan presents the Ashkenazic pronunciation.

Give Tzedakah! Help Aish.com create inspiring
articles, videos and blogs featuring timeless Jewish wisdom.
The opinions expressed in the comment section are the personal views of the commenters. Comments are moderated, so please keep it civil.

Visitor Comments: 181

(180) Anonymous, February 12, 2017 3:51 AM

Pronunciations

It would be very beneficial if the name of the letter and the pronunciations could be shown when it is pronounced. I have hearing difficulty and this is makes it difficult to hear the letters such as hard c sounds. Thanks for all the help, I am finally learning Hebrew in my 70's

(179) Laurin, July 16, 2013 4:12 AM

Thanks

(178) caleb Haokip, March 13, 2013 2:30 PM

thanks to aish

Rav, i thanks to u all for providing all the source of our hiritage, aish provive us most of our need, may Hashem bless aish for their hard works, please continue it for our better jewsness will grow n light the whole woeld.

(177) Thea Goodman, January 12, 2013 11:50 AM

English Equivalents of the Nebew Letters

At my shul we learn the Shafardic pronunciation but there is an Azkenaz as well. Here is what I learned Alef>A; Bet>B;Vet>V;Gimel>G; Dalet>D; Hey is H & is usually silent when it ends a word; Vav>V;Tzad i>TZ;Het is H;Tet is T;Yud is Y or J;Kh then Koo; The "sofit" letters end the word. Kuf sofit is pronounced K.Lamed is L;Mem is M;Mem sofit;

(176) Emily gaveielov, October 28, 2012 2:23 AM

Hebrew is the oldest and hardest language and it is the language that God speaks to us in

See All Comments

Submit Your Comment:

  • Display my name?

  • Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.


  • * required field 2000
Submit Comment
stub