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Yiddish Alphabet/Alef-Beys

Click on the Yiddish letters below to hear Yiddish words beginning with those letters. (Some letters, such as final letters used at the end of words, do not have audio segments.)

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Yiddish Letter Name of letter Sound Romanization
shtumer (silent) alef shtumer (silent) alef
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silent  
pasekh alef a as in wand a
komets alef o as in ore o
beyz b as in boy b
veyz veyz v as in violet
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v
giml g as in gold g
daled d as in dog d
hey h as in home h
vov vov
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oo as in room u
vov melupm vov
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oo as in room u
zayen z as in zoo z
khes ch as in loch kh
tes t as in toy t
yud y as in yes; i as in bit; ee as in beet y; i
yud khirek yud
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ee as in beet i
kof k as in kitchen k
khof ch as in loch kh
langer khof langer khof (used at end of word)
(No audio segment)
ch as in loch kh
lamed l as in long l
mem m as in mouse m
shlos mem shlos mem (used at end of word)
(No audio segment)
m as in mouse m
nun n as in now n
langer nun langer nun (used at end of word)
(No audio segment)
n as in now n
samekh s as in sink s
ayen e as in elm e
pey p as in pink p
fey f as in farm f
langer fey langer fey (used at end of word)
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f as in farm f
tsadek ts as in patsy ts
langer tsadek langer tsadek (used at end of word)
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ts as in patsy ts
kuf k as in kitchen k
reysh r as in red r
shin sh as in shop sh
sin s as in sink s
tof t as in toy t
sof sof
(No audio segment)
s as in sink s



Letter combinations Sound Romanization
v as in violet v
s as in measure zh
j as in judge j as in judge
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dzh
ch as in cheese tsh
oy as in toy oy as in toy
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oy
a as in date a as in date
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ey
i as in ride i as in ride
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ay