Zayin

Zayin: In the Zoo

We've had a few cra-Z-y letters, but Zayin is straight up. It's like a Hebrew Z. In fact, if you look closely, it even looks a bit like Z, with the bottom part missing. That's because Z was actually derived from thousands of years ago! At the time, Zayin looked more like a capital I. Over time, the letter became Z and made its way to the very end of the Roman alphabet that we use today.

Now of course we could take the easy route and just remember as a "Z" without the bottom part. But that wouldn't be any fun. So let's see, what words start with Z... Zoologist? Zirconium? Zither? No, doesn't look like any of those. How about... (and you're going to have to really use your imagination here)... A zebra!!

Now let's try some reading practice again.

(zeh) - Means this.

(Zod) - The name of a bad guy in one of the Superman films.

Now for most English speakers, the next letter is a little ch-ch-hard to pronounce...