Aleph and Ayin

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at
Fri Dec 21 14:16:00 EST 2001

What is the difference, then, between, say, the word 'ir (city), and 
'elohim? Thanks, Matt

The people I know in Israel who really pronounce ayin and aleph 
differently, are all my friends who are Yemenite Jews, and a handful 
of other Separdi Jews.

When you pronounce the ayin correctly, there is a big difference.

It is supposed to be pronounced from deep deep down in the throat.

Not so, the aleph.


>From: Shoshanna Walker <rosewalk at>
>Reply-To: Shoshanna Walker <rosewalk at>
>To: Biblical Hebrew <b-hebrew at>
>Subject: Aleph and Ayin
>Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 14:05:04 -0500
>I am not aware that Aleph is ever phonetically (gutterally) equal to
>an Ayin, even if it is at the end of a word.

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