Hebrew Vowels -

Simple I-Type Vowels

The next vowel group you will learn is called the "I-type" because it indicates an
"ee" sound (as in "siesta" or "green") when combined with a letter. The I-type vowels have the following pattern:

I-Type Vowel  Schemata

Note that the "X" refers to any Hebrew letter (for example Aleph, Bet, and so on) and the rectangular box below the letter refers to a one the following types of vowel marks (nikkudim):

I-Type Vowels


  • Although these vowel marks look different, they both represent an "ee" sound.
  • Note which vowel is short (Chiriq) and which is long (Chiriq Yod).

Basic Syllables

A syllable is called "open" when it does
not end with a "stopping" sound:

A syllable is called "closed" when it ends
with a "stopping" sound:

Open Syllable

Closed Syllable

Open Syllables:

Open Syllables

Closed Syllables:

Closed Syllables

Practice Readings

One syllable:

Practice Readings

Two syllables:

Practice Readings

Three / more syllables:

Practice Readings

Quick Summary Card

I-Type vowels

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Transliteration Practice:

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