The letter ט
Hello everyone! Can you tell me what is this letter please? : ט Thank you !
Yes, this is "tet" and is a T. Hebrew also has the letter "tav", ת. In Modern Hebrew (at least with the standard Israeli accent), tet and tav have the same pronunciation, so it can be hard to remember which words have which.
Tet is considered to be a "softer" t sound, while Tav has a harder t sound, although it has little meaning to the actual pronunciations.
Most foreign words that are written in Hebrew will have the letter Tet.
Words like: "technology - טכנולוגיה", "sport - ספורט", "Twitter - טוויטר"
Tav is the letter that will be used in verb structure or to indicate gender and plurals.
Examples: "I got dressed - התלבשתי", "They warmed up - התחממו", "Girls - ילדות", "Cars - מכוניות".
Of course there are words that are spelled with either Tet or Tav, but those one just has to remember....
Examples: "Oven - תנור", "Curl - טלטל"
A curl is spelt 'תלתל'! A 'טלטל' is a connecting rod in an engine, it comes from the verb 'לטלטל', which means 'to shake'.
Oh my, you're so right!! I'm sorry for the misdirection!! Now I just feel embarrassed....
Yes, this is one of the reasons that "Sabbath" in English has a "th" - it was transliterated from the Hebrew שַׁבָּת by someone who pronounced it this way.