כלב vs חלב

Am I right in thinking that חלב has a more guttural "kh" and "כלב" is a harder "k" sound?

"Khelev" = milk "Kelev" = dog

September 26, 2016


"Kelev is right for dog, but milk is pronounced, "Chalav."

September 26, 2016

That is correct. Some letters have more than one pronunciation. See for more details.

September 26, 2016

ח is always the guttural kh sound ח

כ is a hard k sound at the start of a word, but in other situations it can be a kh sound כ

Also the vowels are different. Kelev versus chalav.

September 28, 2016

Yes you are, but as others have stated that milk is chalav, not chelev. :)

September 28, 2016

Milk is KhaLAV. Dog is KElev

July 29, 2017
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