Learn to read and write the Hebrew alphabet

לְמַד לִקְרֹא וְלִכְתֹּב אֵת הָאַלֵּף-בֵּית שֶׁל עִברִית

The Hebrew alphabet is read from right to left. It is composed of 22 consonants, five of which have final forms that are used at the end of words.

It can also be called Jewish, square or block script. Besides Hebrew, it is also used when writing Yiddish and Ladino, a Jewish-Iberian language based on old Spanish.

In its purest form it has no true vowels and, like Arabic, is considered an abjad. But throughout its history, it has developed two different vowel systems, that of using the weak consonants (א (alef), ה (he), ו (vav) and י (yud)) to represent long-vowels and diphthongs and the optional use of diacritical vowel markers for short-vowel sounds.
Play א
alef
-
Play ב
bet
b
Play ג
gimel
g
Play ד
dalet
d
Play ה
he
h
Play ו
vav
v
Play ז
zayin
z
Play ח
het
h
Play ט
tet
t
Play י
yud
y
Play כ
kaf
k
Play ל
lamed
l
Play מ
mem
m
Play נ
nun
n
Play ס
samekh
s
Play ע
ayin
`
Play פ
pe
p
Play צ
tsadi
ts
Play ק
qof
k
Play ר
resh
r
Play ש
shin
sh
Play ת
tav
t
In our lessons we also provide transliterations for most words and phrases. This is the converted form Hebrew to the Latin alphabet.
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