After having studied Unit One, you should have mastered the following material:
The Hebrew Character Set
Sofit Letters (Final Forms)
Five Hebrew letters are formed differently when they appear as the last letter of a word. The form of the letter does not affect the way it is pronounced:
Note that an acronym to help you remember these letters is “KHeMNiFaTS.”
The guttural letters are created in the throat. They affect the conjugation of verbs by “weakening” the shoresh (root) of the word:
Six Hebrew letters may appear with or without Dagesh Kal (or Dagesh Lene). The presence of a Dagesh Kal affects pronunciation only:
Shin / Sin
In some grammars, Shin and Sin are sometimes construed as two different letters. For our purposes, consider them variants of the same letterform but each having a distinct phonetic value (“sh” and “s”, respectively):
Practice reciting the letters of the Hebrew alphabet:
Hebrew letters are sometimes used to express numbers. For example, Aleph stands for 1, Bet for 2, and so on. When used as numbers, letters are marked with geresh (single quote mark) if a single letter is used, or gerashayim (double quote mark) if more than one. For example, you should understand that the following represents the number 22:
and that the following number represents (5)763:
More Hebrew Learning Tools
Nu, What’s Next?
If this material is now clear, you may ahead to Unit Two and begin learning the Hebrew vowel system or perform a self-check by working through Unit One exercises.