Learn the Hebrew Alphabet - Lesson 5
Resh & Shin
By Jeff A. Benner
The "resh" is pronounced "r" as in rain.
The "shin" is pronounced two different ways. If the letter appears with a "dot" above the and to the right side (שׁ), it is pronounced "sh" as in sharp (This form of the letter is called the "shin"). If the letter appears with a "dot" above the and to the left side (שׂ), it is pronounced "s" as in sign (This form of the letter is called a "sin").
The Hholam Maley. The dot above the "vav" is pronounced "o" as in open. The "vav" becomes silent. When this "vav" is suffixed to a word it means "to him" or "his".
In Hebrew, the verb usually appears before the subject of the verb, such as in sentence #5 below.