Question about the Hebrew Nikud?!
I recently studied the Hebrew Nikud and I noticed that the "Kamatz אָ" is pronounced by some people as (Ah) and by another people as (Uh)! So should I pronounce it as (Ah) OR (Uh)?
תודה רבה :)
Aaah I got it now thanks a lot :) because some people said that it's related to the Ashkenazi Jews (orthodox Jews, religious people...etc) pronounce it as (uh) is that right ?
From fluent forever's Hebrew kit (https://blog.fluent-forever.com/learn-modern-hebrew/):
Usage Notes: Vowel Diacritic: "Kamats katan" - Kamats is usually /a/, but sometimes makes an /o/ sound.
For more info see:
I think that in modern Hebrew, in general, it's pronounced as "Ah".
Uh-oh .. :) I think the Uh transliteration you saw in some sources was intended to approximate the sound "ʌ" you'd get in the Am. English duh or uh-huh, and not in the German Uhr or Uhu.
Native speaker here. If you're talking about modern Hebrew, there is no such distinction. As some have mentioned, there are some cases of Kamatz Katan which is pronounced as "o", but in the vast majority of cases, it is an "a" vowel, just like Patach. My suggestion is don't try to compare it to English vowels, because they are too different. You could, however, compare it to vowel pronunciation in other languages, that approximate those of Hebrew more closely, like Spanish for instance. Kamatz Gadol (the normal one) always sounds similar to "a" in Spanish. Now, if you're talking about traditional Ashkenazi, Yemenite etc. pronunciations, that's a whole different story but that's not modern Hebrew and it's not what the course is about.