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Differences in pronunciation, Hebrew

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21 December 2015 at 6:07pm | IP Logged 
I found these Hebrew lessons and have been working through them.

I have noticed a few pronunciation differences between the male and female speakers.
For example, he says "zo" and she says "zu". He also says the letter "ayin" as in
Arabic whereas she drops the "ayin" sound altogether and just pronounces the vowel.

Can anyone tell me if these are just random variations or is he for example Sephardic
and she Ashkenazi and these are standard dialectical differences?


Here it is

Edited by Darya0Khoshki on 21 December 2015 at 6:13pm

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08 March 2016 at 3:26am | IP Logged 
Which lesson are you referring to in your link? זו is typically pronounced 'zo', not

The "ayin" sound is dropped in the standard Israeli accent, or at the most it is very
very subtle. Anyone who speaks Hebrew with an Arabic-style ע is a native Arabic speaker
(for example, Arab-Israelis, Palestinians, or Jews from Arabic-speaking countries). These
people will also pronounced ח differently.

It is not at all incorrect to pronounce ayin (ע) and khet (ח) this way (the "Arabic"
way); it will just peg you as a native speaker of Arabic.
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08 March 2016 at 12:06pm | IP Logged 
Try posting on as
you might get a few more answers. Of course this
site is still in use but due to various technical
issues an alternative forum was set up and is a lot
more active than this one.

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