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Pronunciation of ב?

Hey guys,

Just curious of anyone can better explain the pronunciation of ב. From what I've learned, ב is pronounced as a B with a dagesh, and V without. However I've noticed that in modern texts and fonts there isn't an option for ב with the dagesh.

Is it just pronounced as a B all the time, or is it just contextual and we have to learn when it's used differently?

Thanks for the help!

June 24, 2016



it's pronounced like b and v, usually the b has a dot in middle if they're writing with the nikkud. If they don't, I guess you just have to know, lol


To add on^, modern Hebrew mostly doesn't write with nikkud, as much as I've seen, my mom who speaks Hebrew never wrote the dot in the (ב (בּ


Okay, I was wondering if it was tied to the nikkud or not. That makes more sense.


As already witten in the tips and notes, when "ב" appears in the beginning of a word or a syllable - it is pronounced as "b".

Otherwise, it is pronounced as "v".


In the word Abba its not, i am sure there are more exceptions however is it for the majority, or literally only 2-3 words are exceptions?


When at the start it is always B.

when in the middle - There are rules, but they are quite complicated (I don't think that an average Hebrew speaker knows all the rules) - so you will just have to hear how it is pronounced and repeat it. As you probably already known, this is the entire point of the duolingo learning system..


As a useful tip, if it is at the beginning of a word, it is often 'B' if it is in the middle/onwards, it's more likely to be 'V'. However, there are exceptions to that, that you'll just need to learn. (:


I'm able to add the dagesh with the iPad keyboard: ב בּ


well ב is a "b", but in hebrew a few letters "soften" depending on the sounds that come before it, making things easier and smoother to pronounce. ב softens to a "v" sound, כ (k) softens to "kh", פ (p) softens to "f". i don't think any other letters soften in modern hebrew than those. but in biblical hebrew, ת (t) softens to "th", ד (d) softens to "th" as in the word "there", and ג (g) softens to something that has no english equivalent.

modern hebrew seems to soften the letters less often than biblical hebrew does. in any case, a dot in the letter means its the hard sound. but these dots aren't required to be added. texts aimed at native speakers don't typically have any markings, since native speakers don't need any pronunciation help. the dots are usually added to assist non-native speakers.

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