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Fun Facts about Hebrew

A brief introduction to the Hebrew language.
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Jimmy Chang

on 16 March 2015

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Transcript of Fun Facts about Hebrew

lingua franca of Jews over the globe
not daily spoken for centuries
never stop being used as written language
the official language of State of Israel
Fun Fact #1
The Hebrew Language
Hebrew is written from right to left
Why?
Many ancient languages do.
Probably because it's more convenient
for ancient writers to carve on the plates
with hammer.
Demo reading
God said, "There shall be light," and light came into existence.
- Genesis 1:3
Fun Fact #2
there is no vowel in Hebrew alefbet.
Is it possible to pronounce?!
tell me how you read Chinese newspaper
with no vowel neither consonants ;)
Actually...
in children books or religious books, the vowel
symbols are added to help pronounce.
Fun Fact #3
many English names originated in Hebrew, though sounds differently.
Jacob
James
Jack
Jacqueline
...
"holder of the heel"
John / Johnson
Jane
Jean
Yvonne
...
"God is gracious"
Transcription of alphabets
My own Hebrew name
"God is my salvation"
Thanks for your attention
any question is welcomed
Jimmy Chang
yet another story...
The shy don't learn;
the impatient don't teach.
- Hillel
A
lingua franca
is a language systematically used to make communication possible between people not sharing a mother tongue, in particular when it is a third language, distinct from both mother tongues.
- Wikipedia
father
one
mother
me
university
Electrical Engineering
the most-used language
in Medieval Europe
literature...

Sarah

"Princess"
Jasmine

"Jasmine"
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