https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ann356814

The letter ע

Can you explain mi how to read this letter? For example טעים I hear: TEIMA (this is polish way of spelling :) ) In the word עוף I hear OF (or OFF ) or in the word רע i hear RA. Sometimes i have to just remember that there is this letter (like in the word tasty). Can you help me?

August 21, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissSpells

You can also look up the word in a dictionary like Morfix, which will show you the nikkud if you want to be sure as to how it should be pronounced:

https://www.morfix.co.il/en/טעים https://www.morfix.co.il/en/רע

If there is no vowel under the ע, it is silent, if there is a vowel, it takes whatever vowel is under the letter.

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kimbapkatten

The letter  ע is a glottal stop (or just silent in most cases) in modern Hebrew, so it doesn't have a vowel sound of its own. The same goes for א. When proceeded by a vowel there needs to be a separation, so טעים is ta'im, רעה is ra'a.

August 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Einat162

It depends on the letter that comes next. You pretty much nailed it - other than טעים which is TAIM .

This letter is suppose to be guttural with more emphasis, but most Israeli Jews don't pronounces it like that anymore (Arabic speakers do).

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dimitrij_

In addition to what Einat said, I I noticed that ע in the beginning of the word indicates that the ו (vav) after it functions as a vowel, either "o" or "u", and not a "v". For example עומד, עושה, עובר, עוגה

A disclaimer: I am not a fluent speaker :)

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kaet

Generally a single ו in the middle or at the end of a word will function as an "o" or "u". To get the "v" sound a double וו is used. At the beginning of a word either ו or וו makes "v".

Occasionally ו as "and" attached to the beginning of a word starting with (usually?) מ or ב will have a "u" sound for phonological reasons, but that is a separate issue.

August 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MattPryor3

With regards to vav as "and", I've read somewhere that most Israelis don't bother pronouncing it as "u" but generally always pronounce it as "v". Not sure if that's true or not?

August 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Einat162

Yes- that's true (pronounce it as "v").

August 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dimitrij_

To be accurate, ve- :)

From what I know, it's true - pretty much like in colloquial English people no longer burden themselves with complex tense structures ("If Chloe hadn't forgotten to set her alarm clock up before going to bed, she would have slept until it rang")

August 22, 2019
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