vikipeediya:IPA for Hebrew

Modern Hebrew

The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Modern/Israeli Hebrew language pronunciations in Wikipedia articles. Since Modern Hebrew has both non-Oriental and Oriental pronunciation, certain letters may be transcribed differently depending on the background of the speaker. See Hebrew phonology for a more thorough look at the sounds of Hebrew.

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IPA: Hebrew Consonants

IPA Letter(s) English approximate Romanization
b בaaּ (Bet) but, web b
d ד (Dalet) dark, odd d
[1] גa׳ (Gimel with geresh) gin, joy, edge ǧ or j
f פ ף (Fei) fool, enough, leaf f or
ɡ ג (Gimel) go, get, beg g
h ה (Hei) hen h
ħ[2] ח (Chet) as in Arabic Hussein, pronounced by Oriental Hebrew speakers or ch
j י (Yud) yes y
k כaaּ (Kaph) skin, skip k
l ל (Lamed) left l
m מ ם (Mem) man, tam m
n נ ן (Nun) no, tin n
p פaaּ (Pei) speak, spin p
q[2] ק (Qoph) as qāaḍaī in Literary Arabic, but in Modern Hebrew, normally pronounced as skin q or k
ʁ[3] ר (Resh) (guttural R) (Rhotic
consonant) ex. run
s ס (Samech)
שaaׂ (Sin)
see, city, pass s
ʃ שaaׁ (Shin) she, sure, emotion, leash š or sh
t ט (Tet)
ת (Tav)
sting, stick, start t
ts[1] צ ץ (Tsadi)
תaaס (Tav-Samech)
תaaשaaׂ (Tav-Sin)
tsunami, pizza, cats ts (or tz)
[1] צa׳ (Tsadi with geresh) chair, nature, teach č or ch
v ב (Vet)
ו (Vav)
וaaו (double Vav)
voice, have v or /w
w[4] וaaו (double Vav)
ו (Vav)
we w
χ ח (Chet)[2]
כ ך (Chaph)
Similar to Scottish loch / or ch/kh
z ז (Zayin) zoo, rose z
ʒ זa׳ (Zayin with geresh) pleasure, beige ž
ʔ א (Aleph)
ע (Ayin)[2]
uh-(ʔ)oh ʼ or '
ʕ[2] ע (Ayin) as in Arabic ʿaAbdallah, pronounced by Oriental Hebrew speakers ʻ or '

IPA: Hebrew Vowels

IPA Letter(s) English approximate Romanization
ä ָ (Kamatz), Hebrew Patah.svg (Patach) father a
Hebrew Zeire.svg (Zeire), Hebrew Segol.svg (Segol), Tilde Schwa.svg (Shva) bed, head, said e
i יHebrew Hiriq.svg(Hiriq-Yud), Hebrew Hiriq.svg(Hiriq) city, see, ski, leaf i
ֹ (Holam alone), וaaֹ (with any mater lectionis) story o
u וaaּ (Vav with shuruk), Hebrew Backslash Qubuz.svg (Kubutz) soon, through u

IPA: Hebrew Diphthongs

IPA Letter(s) English approximate Romanization
ei יHebrew Segol.svg (Segol-Yud), Hebrew Zeire.svg (Zeire) day, pain, table ei
ai יHebrew Patah.svg (Patach-Yud), ָaaי (Kamatz-Yud) fine, why ai
oi וaaֹaaי (Vav with holam male-Yud) loin, boy oi
ui וaaּaaי (Vav with shuruq-Yud) (boot+yes) ui
ao (rare) אaaו (Alef-Vav) town, mouse ao
ju (rare) יaaוaaּ (Yud-Vav with shuruk) cute, beauty, circular yu
ij (rare) יaaְHebrew Hiriq.svg(Hiriq-Yud with Shva Nach)
i.e. "נaaִaaיaaְaaלaaֵaaן" [nijˈaalen]
(bee+yes) iy

IPA: Marginal Sounds

IPA Letter(s) English approximate Romanization
ð דa׳ (Dalet with geresh) this, breathe, father th
ŋ נaaג (Nun-Gimel), ringer, sing, drink ng
θ תa׳ (Tav with geresh) thing, teeth th

IPA: Other symbols used in transcription of Hebrew pronunciation

IPA Explanation
ˈ Primary stress (placed before the stressed syllable), e.g. אaaֹaaכaaֶaaל food /ˈaaʔaaoχaael/, אaוaֹaכaֵaלa‏ eating (participle) /ʔaaoˈaaχaael/
ˌ Secondary stress, e.g. הaaֲaaאaaֻaaמaaְaaנaaָaaם? oh really? /ˌaahaʔaaumˈaanam/
ː Long vowels (in Tiberian Hebrew) can be transcribed using the IPA gemination sign ː, e.g. the word hand would be יaaָaaד /jaːaad/ in absolute state and יaַaדa־ /jad/ in construct state.[5] Indicating normative consonant gemination is done with a double consonant, e.g. גaaַaaּaaנaaָaaּaaב a thief /ɡaaanˈaanav/ not /ɡaaaˈaanːaaav/


  1. a aa i /dʒ, ts, tʃ/ are officially written with a tie-bar in the IPA /d͡aaʒ, t͡aas, t͡aaʃ/, respectively. The tie-bar is omitted for simplification.
  2. a aa i E u In Modern Israeli Hebrew, /ħ, ʕ, q/ merged with /χ, ʔ, k/, respectively, while /ħ, ʕ/ are still distinguished by Oriental Hebrew speakers.
  3. /ʁ/ is uvular for most speakers, though some speakers, mostly Orientals, retain an alveolar pronunciation: [r]~[ɾ].
  4. In Modern Israeli Hebrew, /w/ is rare and only appears in a few loanwords. Usually it is approximated to [v] and written וaaו intervocalically.
  5. Vowel length and quality in Tiberian Hebrew is a matter of debate; this is just one possible example

See also

External links

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