Third Aleph-Bet Learning Video (גּ/ג, כּ, כ, ק)

The third video in my Hebrew Aleph-Bet series is up. This series teaches the Aleph-Bet by leading the learner through active use, beginning immediately by pronouncing open syllables with all of the biblical Hebrew inventory of vowels (and composite shewas). Consonants are not learned in order, but according to their place of articulation:

  • א, ה, ח, ע (“pronounced in the throat,” i.e., glottals and pharyngeals);
  • בּ, ב, ו, מ, פּ, פ (“pronounced at the lips,” i.e., labials and modern waw);
  • גּ/ג, כּ, כ, ק (“pronounced at back of hard palate,” i.e., velar and not-careful-uvular);
  • דּ/ד, ט, תּ/ת (“pronounced behind upper teeth,” i.e., dentals except sibilants and sonorant/liquids); also weak dagesh;
  • ז, ס, צ, שׂ, שׁ (“sibilants”); also strong dagesh;
  • י, ל, נ, ר (“sonorant grab-bag,” i.e., all that remains); also simple shewa;
  • use of ה, ו, י as matres lectionis.

Each video concludes with a series of biblical Hebrew words, using only the consonants learned to that point.

Thank you for checking them out, and let me know what suggestions you have for improvement.

[Edit: Here are videos one and two]

[Third Aleph-Bet Learning Video (גּ/ג, כּ, כ, ק) was written by G. Brooke Lester for and was originally posted on 2011/01/20. Except as noted, it is © 2011 G. Brooke Lester and licensed for re-use only under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.]

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