Diacritical Vowel Markers

נִקּוּד

Buy a Pangaea Passport Back to list
Niqqud (נִקּוּד), or nikkud, is the standard Hebrew vowel system. However, it is rarely used except in specialized texts such as children's books, educational materials, prayers, poetry, and cases of ambiguity.

Generally, the weak consonants (א alef, ה he, ו vav and י yud) are used to denote vowels.

Modern Israeli Hebrew has five vowel phonemes /i e a o u/. However there exists more niqqud characters than that, meaning some vowels are repeated.

Niqqud was originally developed to teach the proper pronuncations of prayers in chants.
This is just a preview of the lesson. You can see all the words and phrases with a Pangaea Passport.

Buy a Pangaea Passport

Additional Reading

The Hebrew Alphabet