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Hebrew Helps: 1-3
* Note: Because the Hebrew language often operates under very loose rules, many of thetips that you find early on, are built upon later. Thus, each “Hebrew Help” given here isopen to modification later. As with any language, these seeming “inconsistencies” in therules are bound to exist and must be paid attention to.
: In Hebrew, of the 23 consonants that exist, 3 of them can change pronunciationwhen a dot is placed inside them. An English mnemonic tip for remembering that it isthese 3 consonants that change, may be memorizing the letters “BCP” or the acronymtype phrase: “Basic Changing Pronunciation”. Here:B represents
: In Hebrew, of the 23 consonants that exist, 5 of them can change their form (orthe way they look) when they appear at the end of a word. The trend seems to be thatwhere the consonants previously were curved, they become straight. One way to helpyou remember these “final letters” is to think of the portion of the English Alphabet thatruns from K-S/T.Now, all of the Hebrew consonants with “final letters” that morph, happen to fall withinthis range. In English, it would be the 5 letters: K, M, N, P, S/T. I included S/T as amnemonic device here because the Hebrew letter “Tsade” begins with those two letters(though, they are reversed). *Notice that 2 of the letters that change pronunciation when adot is placed within them () also fall within this category!Here are the Hebrew consonants in their “initial letter”, “medial letter” & “final letter”forms:Initial Medial Final
Each of these letters changeswhen a dot is removed frominside them. Now: