The English vowels are a, e, i,o ,u
||the letter "a" sound
||the letter "i" sound
Above are the 8 sounds to be used in the Hebrew language.
- In English the vowels are letters from the English alphabet.
In Hebrew the vowels are signs made out of dashes and dots,
except two letters - the vavand the yodthat are
used as vowels too.
- In English the vowels may appear anywhere in the word.
A good example is: Europe, where the vowels Eu appear together at the beginning of the word and before a consonant.The vowel o appears in the middle of two consonants.
And, the vowel e appears at the and of the word.
In Hebrew most of the vowels are underneath the consonants.
- In English each vowel has more than one sound (short and long).
In Hebrew each vowel has one sound only.
- In English one vowel can represent several sounds.
In Hebrew one sound
can be represented by several vowel signs.
In Hebrew: For each sound there is more than one vowel sign. There
are: "Group Sound Signs". Each group represents the same sound.
So let's find out what the signs are which sounds they represent.