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Lesson 1: Aleph & BeytBy Jeff A. Benner
The "aleph" is the first letter of the Hebrew alephbet. This consonant is silent.
The qamats. This vowel, which is placed under the consonant, is pronounced "a" as in father. (Note: The aleph here is not part of the vowel, it is simply used here to show the placement of the vowel only)
Unlike English which is read from left to right, Hebrew is read from right to left. jThis may sound difficult, but in a very short time you will get used to it.
When sounding out a Hebrew word it will be easier if you remember the Consonant (C) and Vowel (V) patterns. In English the consonants and vowels may be arranged in any order such as in the word "circle" which has the following pattern; C-V-C-C-C-V. Hebrew on the other hand is very consistent in that a vowel almost always follows a consonant, such as in the following words Melek (king) C-V-C-V-C; Meleko (his king) C-V-C-V-C-V and Hamelek (the king) C-V-C-V-C-V-C.