Learn the Hebrew Alphabet - Lesson 3
Nun & Hey
By Jeff A. Benner
The "nun" is pronounced "n" as in no.
The "final nun" is the form of the letter used when at the end of a word. The pronunciation does not change.
The "hey" is pronounced "h" as in hello. Usually, a word ending with the letter "hey" is a feminine word. This letter is also used as a prefix to words meaning "the" (the definite article).
The English verb "to be" and its various tenses such as "am", "is" and "are" do not exist in Hebrew and need to be added in the translation.
English has two indefinite articles, "a" and "an" which also do not exist in Hebrew and must be added in the translation.
The vocabulary word below "ba'ah" is the feminine form of the masculine verb "ba'" (came) which was introduced in lesson 1.
The final syllable of most Hebrew words is accented by pronouncing the final Consonant-Vowel-Consonant as a syllable. For instance, the word for "I", in the vocabulary list below, is pronounced "a-niy" rather than an-iy.