Heblish Lesson: Day 4

“Vocalizing” – Phonetic Lesson.

Free Heblish Challenge – January 2010 – Training – Day 4:

Shalom!

Well done!

Day 4 of our Heblish Challenge and I want to shake things up a bit.

Today, and also in our next two lessons, we will listen to and practice some new sounds, and also learn how to express some vowels in Heblish.

These three lessons are very, very important, because without these simple sounds you will not be able to speak Hebrew well. Remember –  when in Rome behave like a Roman…

We know that people in different regions of the same country can have slightly different pronunciations of the same word. For instance, a person from New York sounds different than a person from Texas. That’s why I want you to listen to the short phonetic videos – so all of us will be on the same page with our new secret language… Heblish.

Last week you learned some words and succeeded in building a whole sentence.

You were in a hotel in Israel and went out to get a cup of tea. The waiter probably asked you how your coffee is, and you said: The coffee is beseder, but I asked for tea… ;-) and after he apologized and brought your tea, you said: toda.

However, when you wanted to return to your hotel you lost your way and asked someone: eifo malon Hilton, bevakasha. In your hotel you have everything you need, including a telephone and sherutim.

 

Today’s menu: Vowels E & I and their sounds

Today, we’ll learn how to pronounce these vowels in Heblish. We’ll also see where to put the accent in the words we’ve learned so far.

E

In English, the “e” has two sounds:  “e” like in “egg,” or “e” like in “me” or “we.”

For example, in the word “delete” you can see that the E’s have more than one sound: de-le-te…

In Heblish there is only ONE sound for each vowel.

Every time you read an “e” in our Heblish words, you should pronounce it like the “e” in “egg, lesson, letter, Jerusalem, echo” or “yes”.

It is not like the “e” of “we, be, he” or “meanwhile”.

Watch this short video on YouTube: The sound of the vowel E (13 seconds)

  

Now, after you have heard the sound of this letter, here are the words you’ve learned with “e,” and how each word should be accented.

The bold vowels represent the “e” sound and the underline represents the accent.

  - Eifo (where)

  – Beseder (OK)

  - Boker (morning)

  - Bevaka style="text-decoration: underline;">sha (please)

  – Sherutim (toilet, bathroom)

  - Telephone (telephone) and

  - Lehitraot (goodbye).
 

I

Every time you read an “i” in our Heblish words, you should pronounce it like the “i” in “police, going, loading”.

You can hear this sound better in the following words, (even though they have an “e” instead of the “i”): “eat, be, we” and “me“.

Watch this short video on YouTube: The sound of the vowel I (18 seconds)

  

Up to this point we have learned some words using “i,” and now we’ll see how each word should be accented.

The bold vowels represent the “i” sound and the underline represents the accent.

  - Lehitraot (goodbye)

  – Laila tov (goodnight)

  – Eifo (where) and

  - Sherutim (toilet, bathroom). 

Today you have learned two Hebrew vowels and you have seen that we always use the same sound for a specific letter. In the next lesson you will learn the last three vowels.

Don’t miss your next lesson…

Lehitraot in lesson 5!

 

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Comments: 5 Comments

5 Responses to “Heblish Lesson: Day 4”

  1. Jackie says:

    Hi. I know I’m putting the cart before the horse, but can you please tell me how to say:

    “My name is Jackie, and I live in America.”

  2. Yaron says:

    Hi Jackie,
    There are three different ways to say “my name is” in Hebrew, but I’ll choose the common way: Korim li Jackie ve’ani gara be’America.

  3. Aki says:

    Shalom,
    toda for Lesson day4.
    How tov I can listen to the native Hebrew!

  4. Yaron says:

    You are using the Heblish words correctly, Aki ;-)

  5. Maria says:

    Yaron,
    It is nice to hear how to pronounce the vowels so that when I am saying the words I say them correctly. I can’t thank you enough for all the hard work you are doing for us.

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