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Questions with the tips section on vowels

When it's teaching the vowels. It says the kamatz and patach are pronounced like the 'a' in bang. Is this right ? I've always practiced it like the 'a' in father.

And then it says the holam is pronounced like bog? Which sounds like the ah sound in father too ?

Can someone clear this up for me ?

June 28, 2016



This is the limitation of trying to explain Hebrew sounds in English letters. Whether it works or not depends on too many variables, including accent. For example, in my accent, the o in bog doesn't sound remotely like the ah in father, and bang and father have a very similar a sound.

Best listen to recordings etc.


The section I'm talking about is in section 'letters 2'


It gives "bank" as an example, I agree that "father" might be a better example though since the sound is "aah".

I think for the "holam" the example bog is perfect though.


So the holam also makes an aah sound ? I thought it makes a long 'o' sound like in 'home'


Umm yeah, it does make the 'o' sound as in home (maybe a little more subtle), for me it sounds the same as 'bog' though. It's bog, not bag (hope you're not mixing them).


When you guys (Israelis) see a word you've never seen before how do you know how to pronounce it? There are times where I can't figure it out in English but at least 95% I know how immediately. I don't see how you would know in Hebrew? Google it?


Haha, that's actually a great question.

I think that without proper niqqud it would be very hard, and usually based on similarities to other word.

I am not sure if they teach it in the course (still haven't done all of it) but in Hebrew we have "Mishkalim" which is similar to "Binyanim", only for nouns. So knowing these helps you to estimate how a word would sound.

I never had to google a word before, but that might be a good idea for learners :)


What is the diffence between niqqud, Mishkalim, Binyanim?

Can i find information on a website?

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