[b-hebrew] On the Pronunciation of Hebrew

Alexander Oldernes alexander at oldernes.no
Mon Nov 1 10:19:03 EST 2004


The main differences between Sephardic and Ashkenazic pronunciation are...
-the consonant taw which in Ashkenazic also has a soft pronounciation.
Without a dagesh it is pronounced "s"
-the vocal qamats gadol is in Sephardic pronounced "ah", but in Ashkenazic
it is pronounced "aw" as in saw
-the vocal chataf qamats is in Sephardic pronounced "o", but in Ashkenazic
it is pronounced "oy"

These are the most significant differences. I haven't found any good online
resource.

Alexander Oldernes
Norway

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[mailto:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Raymond Regalado
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Subject: [b-hebrew] On the Pronunciation of Hebrew

Dear List,
I am familiar with the Sephardic way of pronouncing Hebrew, but I don't
know what the "Ashkenazic" is like. Is there an online resource or
some guide that can show me the differences between them?
Thanks,
Raymond Regalado
Tokyo, Japan
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