The Nerd doesn’t mean to be critical. But it’s technically true that Hebrew vowels are “diacritical marks” (Google it). You see, Hebrew originally had no vowels (and modern Hebrew doesn’t use them either). Rabbinic scribes (Masoretes) in the early Middle Ages worried people would forget how to pronounce Hebrew. But they did not want to add letters to the sacred text. So they used markings below and above the letters instead. Now, here are some flashcards and the Nerd will try and make it easy for you.
The Nerd loves flashcards. He is always telling his online students to make or buy them. People who want to learn Hebrew should learn, in the early days, to love flashcards as much as the Nerd does. You won’t need them forever. But plan on having them in your life a good six months or so.
For now, you can use the Nerd’s flashcards via this video. But when we start learning Hebrew vocabulary, you’ll either buy a pre-made set or (better) make your own with index cards and a Sharpie. Here are the consonants of the Hebrew alefbet in order:
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The Nerd wants you to get past the first part of learning to read Hebrew: memorizing your letters. The Hebrew alefbet (alphabet) is the first hurdle to being a dork like the Nerd. In this pep talk the Nerd tells you you’re a winner, you can do it, and I tell a quick story. Then we take a first look at the Hebrew letters using flashcards.