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Hebrew Language History
The Hebrew Language flourished from the 10th to 7th centuries BC. By the 4th century BC it was virtually extinct as a spoken language and survived instead as a literary language, particularly in the religious texts of Judaism. In the late 1900’s it underwent a revival, and today Modern Hebrew is spoken by most of the seven million people living in Israel, as well as other communities around the world.
Modern Hebrew is written in an alphabet consisting of 22 consonants. It is often referred to as the “alefbet” after its first two letters, “alef” and “biet”. English and Hebrew are written the complete opposite way, with English written from the left side of the page to the right, and Hebrew written from the right side of the page, to the left.
Interestingly, no distinct vowels in the Hebrew alphabet exist, as fluent speakers of Hebrew do not need vowels to understand the language. To assist pronunciation, a series of dashes and dots called “nikkud”, are positioned above or below the consonants. In general, nikkud are seldom used, except in specialized publications including poetry, dictionaries, children's books and documents for new immigrants.
Here’s an interesting fact for you - There are no distinct capital or lowercase letters in the Hebrew alphabet. It is all one case.
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