"I am eating chicken."
Translation:אני אוכל עוף.
When I say Hebrew doesn't have the "oh" sound, I mean a rounded "o" sound that is written as "oʊ" in IPA. The letter "o" in Hebrew is not rounded like that, but is pronounced with just the sound "o". And "oaf" has this "oʊ" sound.
As for the word "off", I guess I pronounce it more like the British do and that is exactly how i pronounce עוף, too. Or או and כותב and לומד which you wrote - o, kotev and lomed - with a short and clear "o" sound and not "oʊ".
Hebrew does have the letter "o/oh", it is vav/ו (with the dot on top if your're using nikkud). If I were to transliterate it into English I would write it as "oaf" as well or "ohf". Maybe Hamutaltul was thinking of the "o" in "off" as having an "o" sound. Listen to the recording. It does sound like "oaf". Where Rich and I are from, "off" is pronounced "ahf".
In the zoological sense, עוף is a broader term than ציפור. The latter refers to the species of birds that can fly, where as עוף refers to everything with feathers, including ducks, chickens, ostriches etc.. In a different thread we had this discussion and came to the conclusion that the best translation would be "fowl".
Kind of.. תרנגולת is the animal, but you can say בשר תרנגולת which would mean the meat (this is not very common). עוף has a broad sense and can be used both for the meat (אני רוצה עוף, לא בקר) or for the animals (אני מגדל עופות: שתי תרנגולות ואווז אחד).
In the biblical sense, עוף refers to any bird (עופות השמיים = birds of the sky) and similarly in modern hebrew it can be used to refer to any type of bird (מלך העופות- king of the birds (a nickname for נשר)). But, in the spoken language, you will rarely hear someone referring to his, say, parrot, as a עוף rather than as a ציפור. Although, both are technically valid.
I have a question, I think there were these two options אני אוכל עוף and אני אוכלת עוף and the question was something like "I eat chicken" but isn't one male and the other female? English does not specify, oh never mind, once I am in the discussion board, it has a recording of the sound, which it does not in the question, so what I am saying is that in english only we could not tell which one of hte two are correct, no?
wait a second, I went back and I got the same question again, and it says the correct answer is feminine. if this because chiken is a feminine or what? I am confused