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From:rose_garden
Date:April 14th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
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The no-vowels thing is true for Biblical Hebrew, but in Modern Hebrew I've noticed that they often put in as many letters as possible for vowels -- probably a holdover from Yiddish, where certain letters really are vowels.

vuv == "oh" or "oo"
yud == "ee"
Two yuds == "ay"
aleph is sometimes used like the letter "a"

I don't know Hebrew but I know the letters and I was able to read a lot of signs once I got the hang of letters being used as vowels. Reading signs was just for fun, though, because English was fine for almost everything. (French came in handy too, but that's because I ended up staying at the Maison D'Abraham.)
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