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The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Modern and Biblical Hebrew language pronunciations in popflock.com resource articles. For a guide to adding IPA characters to popflock.com resource articles, see {{IPA-he}}, {{IPAc-he}} and popflock.com Resource: Manual of Style/Pronunciation § Entering IPA characters.

Since Modern Hebrew has both non-Oriental and Oriental pronunciations in Israel, certain letters may be transcribed differently depending on the background of the speaker. See Modern Hebrew phonology for a more thorough look at the sounds of Hebrew.

Consonants
IPA Biblical IPA Modern Letter(s) Romanization English approximation
b (Be? d?gu?ah) b bet
d (Dale? d?gu?ah) d dark
ð d ? (?ale? rafah)
(Dalet with geresh)
?, dh, d this
f ? ? (Fei rafah) f or p? fool
? (Gimel d?gu?ah) g go
? ? ? (?imel rafah) ?, gh, g go
h ? (Hei) h hen
?[1] ? ? (?e?) ? or ch no English equivalent; like hen but with the tongue against the pharynx
j ? (Yo?) y yes
k (Kaf d?gu?ah)
k skin
l ? (Lame?) l left
m ? ? (Mem) m man
n ? ? (Nun) n no
p (Pei d?gu?ah) p spin
q[1] k ? (Qof) q or k k is equivalent to skin. q has no English equivalent; like cup but with the tongue further back
r[2] ? ? (Resh) r Somewhat like run/French rouge
s ? (Samekh)
(Sin smalit)
s see
s? ts[3] ? ? (?adi) ?, ts (or tz) cats
? (?in Yemanit) ? or sh she
t (Taw) t sting
t? t ? (?e?) ?, t sting
? t ? (?aw) ?, th, t thing
v ? (Ve? rafah)
v voice
w v ? (Vav) v vote
w[4] (double Vav) w we
x ? ? (Chet)[1]
? ? (?af rafah)
? or ch/kh Similar to Scottish loch
z ? (Zayin) z zoo
?[1] ? ? (Ayin) ? or ' no English equivalent but has merged in non-Oriental Hebrew to sound below
? ? (Alef)
? or ' uh-(?)oh


Marginal sounds (used in transliteration and loan words)
IPA Letter(s) Romanisation English
d?[3] (Gimel with gere?) ? or j joy
? (Nun-Gimel) ng ring
? (Zayin with geresh) ? beige
t?[3] (?adi with geresh) ? or ch chair
? (Tav with geresh) th thing
ð (Dalet with geresh) th the
Vowels
IPA Biblical IPA Modern Letter(s) Romanisation English approximation
a Hebrew Patah.svg (Patach) a father
e Hebrew Zeire.svg (Zeire) e bed
? e Hebrew Segol.svg (Segol) ?, e bed
? e Tilde Schwa.svg (Shva) ?, e bed
i ?Hebrew Hiriq.svg(Hiriq-Yud), Hebrew Hiriq.svg(Hiriq) i see
o ?  (Holam alone), (with any mater lectionis) o story
? o ?  (Kamatz katan) ?, o story
a ? (Kamatz) ?, a all
u (Vav with shuruk), Hebrew Backslash Qubuz.svg (Kubutz) u boot


Diphthongs
IPA Letter(s) Romanization English approximation
ei ?Hebrew Segol.svg (Segol-Yud), Hebrew Zeire.svg (Zeire) ei day
ai ?Hebrew Patah.svg (Patach-Yud),  (Kamatz-Yud) ai why
oi (Vav with holam male-Yud) oi boy
ui (Vav with shuruq-Yud) ui we
ao (rare) (Alef-Vav) ao cow
ju (rare) (Yud-Vav with shuruk) yu cute
ij (rare) Hebrew Hiriq.svg(Hiriq-Yud with Shva Nach)
i.e. "?" [nij'len]
iy like see


Other symbols
IPA Explanation
' Primary stress (placed before the stressed syllable): ('food') /'?o?el/, ? ('eating' [participle]) /?o'?el/
? Secondary stress, e.g. ? ('oh, really?') /?ha?um'nam/
: Long vowels (in Tiberian Hebrew) can be transcribed using the IPA gemination sign :: the word for "hand" would be /ja:d/ in absolute state and ? /jad/ in construct state.[5] Indicating normative consonant gemination uses a double consonant: ? ('a thief') /?an'nav/ not /?a'n:av/

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d In Modern Israeli Hebrew, /?, ?, q/ have merged with /?, ?, k/ respectively, but /?, ?/ are still distinguished by Oriental Hebrew speakers.
  2. ^ is uvular for most speakers, but a few speakers, mostly Orientals, and some news broadcasters, retain an alveolar pronunciation: ~.
  3. ^ a b c /d?, ts, t?/ are officially written with a tie-bar in the IPA /d, t?s, t/ respectively, but the tie-bar is omitted for simplification.
  4. ^ In Modern Israeli Hebrew, appears in a few words, mostly loanwords: ? (wow) /waw/. In some words that originally had , it is approximated to .
  5. ^ Vowel length and quality in Tiberian Hebrew is a matter of debate, and that is just one possible example.

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