Learn Nikud: the Sound – i

אִ – חִירִיק  chirik

A chirik  is pronounced   I

For example, the Hebrew word for if is   “im” אִם.

In written Hebrew which does not contain dots, the letter י usually represents the vowel I  and is not pronounced “y”.

For example תיקים  tikim (bags), סיפור  sipur ( a story )

Many words in written, dotted Hebrew, which contains the sound “I“, will substitute the “I” sound with the letter  ” י”.

For example:

 גִּבּוֹר –גיבור( hero)

חִפֵּשׂ – חיפש (looked for)

חִלֵּק – חילק ( divided, handed out)

 Let’s practice.

Read these words.

שישי –  – shishi   (Friday)

אִישׁ –   – ish  (man)

 אִמָּא –  – ima ( mother)

  מַצָּה –   matzza–  (matzza)

 אִישִׁי – ishi – (privet)

צָעִיר –  – tzair  (young)

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