3 - Tools for departing
These are the last particular signs useful in Hebrew Reading;
- Shewa: this double dot indicates the presence of a short semivowel, and it's used to vocalise consonants without a specific vowel. The simple one works with non-guttural consonants, the composite one works with with gutturals as shown.
- Metegh: this short line simply introduces a natural pause in reading.
- Maqqeph: this short line links separated words in a single and longer one; the words that preceed Maqqeph loose their accent.
- Daghesh: in the six letters that I've written, this internal dot turns their own pronounciation to occlusive; if found within any other consonant except gutturals and Resh, the consonant becomes double.
- Mappiq: this internal dot indicates that its consonant must be pronounced in orther to avoid conceptual errors with words that are written in the same manner; for example, susah with a Mappiq stands for "her horse (feminine)", while susah without Mappiq simply stands for the feminine form of sus, "horse". About Milra' and Mil'el, these words rispectively stands for words that got their accent on their last syllabe and words with their accent on the penultimate.
Moreover, even if it seems a bit complicated, you'll find that within three short explanations I've covered all that you need to start reading Hebrew. Keep practicing, and if in need just write a message.
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