VOWELS OF THE ALEFBET

Vowel Name Approximate Sound
kametz Sephardic "a" as in father
Ashkenazic "aw" as in saw
chataf kametz Sephardic "a" as in father
Ashkenazic "aw" as in saw
patach "a" as in father
chataf patach "a" as in father
segol "e" as in egg or met
chataf segol "e" as in egg or met
tsayreh "ey" as in they
tsayreh "ey" as in they
chirik chaser "i" as in kilo
chirik malay "i" as in kilo
cholam chaser "o" as in alone
cholam malay "o" as in alone
shuruk "u" as in moon
kubutz "u" as in moon
shva At end of syllable: silent.
In middle of syllable: like "a" as in alone
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