Language Quiz / Hebrew Alphabet Letter Names

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Given the original meaning of the letter's name, can you name the Hebrew letter?

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Letter Name MeaningName the LetterNumerical Value, Phonetic Equivalent
house (tent, home)2 (b or v. Dot in center of letter, called a dagesh, changes the sound from soft—v—to hard—b)
ox1 (silent)
fence post60 (s)
wheel, knot together, interweave, snake, circle9 (t)
sword7 (z)
tooth300 (sh and s. Dot on top right makes it 'sh', on top left, 's')
back of the head100 (k)
hand, fist10 (y—just as in English, a half vowel)
shepherd's staff, ox goad30 (l)
mouth80 (p or f. Dagesh in center changes soft sound to hard; that is, f to p)
water40 (m)
seed, continue, offspring (maybe fish)50 (n)
eye70 (gutteral, glottal stop. Not found in English, but common in other languages such as Arabic. Often taught to English speakers as a silent letter)
hook, tent peg, spear6 (v)
carved mark, signature400 (t—This letter also has two forms, with and without dagesh. Modern Hebrew pronounces both as a hard sound, but the original soft [sans dagesh] sound was 'th' as in thing, thanks, thread. Ashkenazi pronunciation later changed it to 's')
camel3 (g as in go, give, gate)
palm of hand, open hand20 (c as in coffee, cape, cube. Or ch as in Bach and loch, sometimes transliterated as kh. Dagesh changes soft sound to hard, that is, ch to c/k))
window, courtyard5 (h—just as in English, silent at the end of a word)
head200 (r)
fence, fence in, destroy8 (ch as in Bach or loch, sometimes transliterated as kh or h or x)
door4 (d)
fish hook90 (tz or ts)

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