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How to write "shalom" in Hebrew"?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Debater Slayer, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. Debater Slayer

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    So I wasn't really sure where to post this, but I figured it'd fit here the most.

    How do you write "shalom" in Hebrew? I know that Hebrew is written from right to left, like Arabic is, and also contains many similar sounds (lamed, aleph, beth, daleth, heth, teth, and zayn are a few, and there are many more). However, I can't find that equivalent of O in Hebrew to complete שאלם to "shalom" (which I'm not even sure I'm writing correctly or not :p).

    Peace and shalom. ;)
     
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    Silly DS -- vowels are for alphabets. Hebrew's an abjad. ;)
     
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    where the 'o' is rendered using the 'vav'

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    We have an equivalent of O in Arabic, which is more or less used when you want to produce a sound similar to the O in English, as in "wow" (the letter &#1608; in Arabic is pronounced "wow" :D). I assumed Hebrew had something similar.

    Thanks! I notice the Shin is written differently here, with added "dots" or something. What are those for?

    Also, there's no Aleph there after the Shin, so I guess words are written slightly different from how they're pronounced.
     
  5. Jayhawker Soule

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    The 'dot' top right identifies the character as a shin (sh) - were it top left the character would be a sin (s). The figure underneath the shin is called a qamets and supplies the vowel sound (a).
     
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    I am going to borrow Jayhawker's image to explain what it going on with that word
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    The dot above the Sin when above the right arm makes the letter a Shin, but when it is above the left arm, the letter becomes a Sin(it just changes the pronunciation of the letter) So this letter is a Shin.
    That little thing that looks like a "T" below the Sin, is one of the two vowel sounds for the letter "a".
    And, like Jay noted, the dot above the vav make the letter an "o" the Mem at the end of the word is the boxed Mem, or Mem Sofet, when the Mem looks like one in Shalom does, It doesn't change the sound, it just ends the word.

    There are dots for every English vowel sound. and depending on where that dot is changes the sound of the letter in which the dot surrounds.
     
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    Very cool. :D Languages fascinate me. :)
     
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    So, a cool little side note from the upcoming parsha ...

    Moses, portrayed as a somewhat volatile person, was viewed by some as lacking - perhaps suggested by the fact that his name is never written 'full' (i.e., with the pointed vav), but as
    &#1502;&#1465;&#1513;&#1462;&#1473;&#1492;
    'lacking' the vav. ;)
     
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    Alright, based on these, I'm going to construct my very first Hebrew word:

    &#1514;&#1493;&#1491;&#1492;! :D (Sorry, I don't have Hebrew characters or the little symbols on this keyboard).

    I read that as "Moshe", but if I'm not mistaken, yeah, there's a missing pointed Vav there. :D
     
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