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What Is This Strange Language, Hebrew?
March 27th, 2017



Give me the background about Hebrew

As you're reading this, it must be because you have an interest in learning how to read one of the oldest languages in existence today, Hebrew (or Hebreo in Spanish). It is not the easiest thing in the world to do, but one that with practice, you will soon start to master. This guide will help you to read Hebrew, but will not start to teach you what Hebrew words mean, so you may end up reading words that sound extremely strange to you!

There are several things which are different about reading Hebrew than reading English (apart from of-course a totally different alphabet):

a. You read from right to left instead of left to right
b. There are no vowel letters as such (like A,E,I,O,U), but dots and line are put around the letters which give them different sounds
c. The way that the letters look when you write them by hand is different from how they look when you read them printed. This means that if you were to write a word in the real world, then it will look different to how you read it in a book. For the purpose of this article, we will just examine how you read Hebrew, as opposed to how you write it. For interest sake, the way of writing it is called 'Hebrew Script'