September 21st, 2016

Kore

Wednesday night: Work and stuff.

My current job allows me overtime, and I'm taking advantage of it. I worked 5 hours Sunday, and 10 hours Monday, Tuesday, and today. My goal is to work at least 50 hours a week for the next few weeks. That may be a challenge with the Jewish holidays coming up, but at least my work situation allows me enough flexibility that I won't have to miss too many hours because of it.

Only fly in the ointment is I can't access LiveJournal from work! It's blocked by IT on the grounds of being an "external data storage site". I don't surf the net or post on my work time - I'm pretty conscientious about doing an hour's work for an hour's pay - but it would be nice to be able to journal on my breaks. I'm trying to figure out a work-around.

Anyway, I find the work routine comforting. It's good to be back in the workforce earning a paycheck.
Kore

HTAN: Aleph and the Vowels

 ALEPH

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Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and it is silent.Collapse )
ETA:  Another look at the vowels.
LONG VOWELS
אָ ah 'father' (Kamatz) Ashkenazi speakers pronounce this like 'o' or 'aw' in some words.
אֵ ey 'they' (Tsere)
אִי ee 'feel' (Chirek)
אוֹ o 'go' (Cholam) Some Ashkenazi speakers pronounce this almost like 'oy'.
אוּ oo 'fool' (Shuruk)



SHORT VOWELS
אַ ah 'father' (Patach)
אֶ eh 'pet' (Segol)
אִ i 'pit' (Chirek)
אֹ o 'for' (Cholam)
אֻ u 'put' (Kubutz)

In addition, there is the silent vowel [אְ] (Sheva) which may be pronounced as a neutral sound ('uh') or not at all.