Guttural Utterances

14 Feb

Tomorrow I will have another Hebrew lesson. To get ahead of the game I’ve been listening to You Tube videos about the Hebrew alephbet. In one of my favorite videos the presenter says the sound the letter chet represents is the same sound a cat makes when it’s angry. Imagine guttural hissing. Later in the same video the presenter talks about the letter ayin. For Jews of European origin ayin is silent. For Jews from other countries, such as Iraq and Yemen, ayin is not silent but is described “as the sound of incipient vomiting.”

Oy va voy!

Have a listen for yourself:


2 Responses to “Guttural Utterances”

  1. joann fink February 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    wow, another alphabet…did you have language lessons in Japan too? Also you have to think right to left, right?

    • Lenora Genovese February 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

      Hi JoAnn! Yes, we studied Japanese while we were living there. They have 3 separate writing systems, none of which is really an alphabet, but I learned to read 2 of them. And, yes, Hebrew is written right to left.

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