So is the second letter of the Alefbet. If you guessed that it's pronounced B, like the B in boat, you're right.
In fact, speaking of boats, how's that for a picture?
If you're a sailboat snob you might have noticed the sail looks upside down, but let's ignore that, because it's not just any boat, it's a BET BOAT. A boat you can BET on. Ha!
So, now that we know we can add our vowel to it, right? Right?
So, how would this sound?
It would sound like "Bah," as in "Bah, bah, black sheep..." Basically, in Hebrew you combine the vowel sign and the letter together to make a sound.
We're ready to read some words. However, before we do...
Note:Hebrew is read right to left, which in case you hadn't noticed is the opposite of the way English does it. So make sure that when you read, you do it that way - start from the right!
So let's look at some basic Hebrew words we can now read:
means "comes," or "is coming."
(Note that since the is silent without a vowel, in this word all it really does is add a little closure. It doesn't sound at all.)אַבַּא (audio)
So you've learned some words! Right, let's not get too excited. Back to work, people.
Try using them. How would you say "Father's coming"?
Here it is:
Now the funny thing is that, in a sense, Bet is two letters. All you have to do is take away the dot, and then it becomes... Vet!