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Learn the Hebrew Alphabet - Lesson 9
Hhet & Kaph

By Jeff A. Benner

Consonants

ח The "chet" is pronounced "ch" as in the German name Bach.

כ The "kaph" is pronounced two different ways. If the letter appears with a "dagesh" in the middle of the letter (), it is pronounced "k" as in kick (This form of the letter is called the "kaph"). If the letter appears without the "dagesh" (כ), it is pronounced "kh" as the "ch" in the German name Bach (This form of the letter is called a "khaph").

ך The final "khaph" has the same pronunciations as the "kaph" and may or may not have a dagesh. The final khaph will always include a vowel pointing and will be placed inside the letter rather than below it.



Vowels

אֻ The Qubbuts. This vowel is pronounced "u" as in tune.



Notes
  1. When the "ah" vowel appears under the letter "chet", the two sounds trade places. The second word in line 2 of the practice section is pronounced "ko'ach" not "kocha". This is unique only to this letter and vowel combination when it appears at the end of a word.

Practice
כִ כֶ כֵּ כֹּ כֻ חַ חֶ חֵ חִ חֹ חֻ .1 Audio
הַךְ כֹּחַ כָח חֵךָ חֵךּ כִּח חִךָ .2 Audio
רֹחַ רֻחַ רַךָ אַךְ חָךְ חַךָ אַח .3 Audio



Vocabulary
Yes, So כֵן .1 Audio
Grass, Herb (Masc. Noun) עֶשֶׂב .2 Audio
Tree, Wood (Masc. Noun) עֵץ .3 Audio



Sentences
Genesis 1:5
Vocabulary words learned in the lessons are highlighted in blue and the prefixes in red.
Audio


וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים לָאוֹר יוֹם וְלַחֹשֶׁךְ קָרָא לָיְלָה וַיְהִי עֶרֶב וַיְהִי בֹקֶר יוֹם אֶחָד

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