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Hebrew Letters Quiz

Can you guess the English spelling of the 22 Hebrew letters?
We use the unicode spelling, but other spellings are also accepted
Quiz by Jerry928
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First submittedOctober 28, 2014
Last updatedDecember 7, 2015
Times taken4,468
Rating4.42
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Hint
Letter
א
Alef
ב
Bet
ג
Gimel
ד
Dalet
ה
He
ו
Vav
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Letter
ז
Zayin
ח
Het
ט
Tet
י
Yod
כ
Kaf
ל
Lamed
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Letter
מ
Mem
נ
Nun
ס
Samekh
ע
Ayin
פ
Pe
צ
Tsadi
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Letter
ק
Qof
ר
Resh
ש
Shin
ת
Tav
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level 83
Oct 13, 2015
Please accept Samech?
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level ∞
Oct 13, 2015
That will work now
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level 83
Oct 13, 2015
Getting perfect score but no points awarded.
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level 66
Dec 8, 2015
Yeah, I got 21/22 but I only got 3/5 points awarded.
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level 75
May 3, 2019
I got one right, and got 1/5 :P
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level 59
Oct 13, 2015
I wish I could get points, but I don't know any Hebrew :D
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level 59
Oct 16, 2015
I started learning some letters but only memorized 4. I got a point, though. :)
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level 72
Oct 27, 2015
The quiz for the surprisingly similar Arabic alphabet is here - maybe not such a surprise, since both alphabets are derived from Phonecian.
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level 61
Apr 26, 2018
They are both derived from Aramaic.
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level 75
May 3, 2019
Jerry928 is correct. The Phoenician abjad (consonant alphabet) is the oldest known alphabet, and is considered to be the ancestor of nearly every modern alphabet, including Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, Greek etc. It predates Aramaic by hundreds of years (1200-150 BCE, as opposed to c. 135 CE for Aramaic!). Aramaic's writing system is convoluted in development (as a prestige lingua franca for trade, many folks adopted/adapted it for their own uses), but it was definitely based on the Phoenician system. The Aramaic alphabet was adopted by Jews writing both Hebrew and Aramaic.
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level 70
Oct 31, 2015
Oh good grief. I tried every possible spelling for ק except with a Q.
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level 55
Nov 19, 2015
I tried "Kuf", then "Quf", then "Koof" but not Kof. Can you accept the others?
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level 55
Nov 19, 2015
Sorry, not Qof
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level 72
Nov 19, 2015
Thanks - we've updated the quiz to allow, for that 19th letter, qof, qoph and kuf.
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level 76
Dec 7, 2015
I lived for 3 months in Israel. One of the things that really stood out to me was the fact that there is so little English used on signage. Less than almost anywhere I've ever been in Europe or Asia. I'm not convinced it was wise, but it was certainly quite impressive- the feat of linguistics that the Israeli state performed in bringing back a dead language and making it live again, not just symbolically by giving it official status but realistically making it the living, native language of millions of people. And I suppose making sure all signs and labels everywhere were written in Hebrew, not English, was one way to achieve that.

I still didn't learn how to read any Hebrew, though. I can recognize the sign that means "Exit" and that's all.
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level 56
Dec 7, 2015
???? idk when you were there but a lot of signs are in hebrew, arabic and english. like street signs and road signs. most other stuff too.
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level 76
Dec 9, 2015
I was there exactly one year ago.

Yes, there are a lot of signs in both Hebrew and Arabic, and some (but significantly fewer) in English. Mostly these are, as you said, signs along major roads and highways. And also in popular tourist areas. But... "most other stuff?" No way. I travel a lot. And I've never had so much trouble finding English signage, labeling, menus, etc anywhere that I've been. Not in Korea, nor Japan, nor China, nor Vietnam, nor Saudi Arabia, nor Egypt, nor Bulgaria.. not even in Ethiopia. Which led me to believe that it was deliberate. If English was used extensively, there would have been no reason to adopt Hebrew as a national language, and English would simply have become a defacto language of the country since the Israelis came from all over the world speaking many different languages (none of them speaking Hebrew). This is my theory.
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level 60
Jan 17, 2019
surely you know better than someone that actually lives there..
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level 61
Dec 7, 2015
I'm Jewish so I got them all in less than a minute, but can you please accept "hay" and fay?"
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level 72
Dec 7, 2015
Yes
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level 57
Dec 7, 2015
Lol. i but everyone looked in the Bible. Like me ;_;
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level 45
Dec 7, 2015
I couldn't spell "Ayin" for the life of me. I kept trying Ayan, Ayen, Ian, Iyan, etc. I spent the most time trying to guess how to spell each letter using a different alphabet. No pun intended.
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level 32
Dec 8, 2015
What about yom?
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level 72
Dec 8, 2015
That's a whole word (as in Yom Kippur)!
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level 33
Nov 2, 2017
you should add in the rest of the alphabet...vet sin fey etc
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level 66
Dec 8, 2015
Yom means "day" and is spelled יום: yod, vav, mem-sofit ("sofit" means final, because five of the letters have different forms when they're the last letter in a word: kaf, mem, nun, pe and tsadi).
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level 57
Dec 8, 2015
Ok, now the dusty part of my brain marked "Hebrew School" has been cleared of some cobwebs...
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level 12
Feb 6, 2016
im jewish so i knew all except three. i knew what they are called but i dont know how to spell them in english, but still i got all of them besides for three
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level 56
Nov 7, 2016
Can you do one where the answer? must correspond to the exact letter?
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level 72
Nov 7, 2016
Sure, here it is.
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level 29
Nov 25, 2016
As somebody who is fluent in Hebrew, I was a little surprised to see some of the spellings. The ה is pronounced like the word 'hay,' while צ or ץ (same letter technically) is pronounced 'tzadik.'
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level 27
Aug 25, 2019
also צ-"zadik" would be acceptable and also ע-ain
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level 29
Jul 15, 2017
א Alef ב Bet ג Gimel ד Dalet ה He ו Vav ז Zayin ח Het ט Tet י Yod כ Kaf ל Lamed מ Mem נ Nun ס Samekh ע Ayin פ Pe צ Tsadi ק Qof ר Resh ש Shin ת Tav all i got wrong was kaf
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level 30
Oct 27, 2017
Can you accept beit, bait, bais, and bays for ב
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level 72
Nov 2, 2017
C'mon guys - soon you'll be claiming every 3-letter combination as a spelling of a Hebrew letter! There are heaps of alternate spellings already loaded, including all the letter variants that appear on Wikipedia.
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level 33
Nov 9, 2017
yeah now kaa mxz jjo qms zps owi qla mzp oww jan osj qie mzp and prk are hebrew letters!
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level 28
Feb 12, 2018
Got them all apart from ק kept trying kof/koph.
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level 62
Apr 26, 2018
Finally got 100%!
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level 49
Apr 26, 2018
Great quiz. Can you do one for Chinese spellings of Hebrew characters please?
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level 72
Apr 26, 2018
I will if you do one for Hebrew spellings of Chinese characters first. (I dare you)
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level 58
Apr 30, 2018
I feel like some ashkenazi spellings are so popular that they ought to be accepted: ב: beis, bais ו: vov ח: ches ט: tes כ: kof
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level 34
Aug 30, 2018
Shouldn't Quf be acceptable as answer?
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level 45
Dec 4, 2018
Maybe I'm being too specific, but in my Bible (which is how I learned them all in the first place) "Samekh" is spelled as "Samek". Only one I didn't get. I use the New Living Translation by the way.
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level 60
Jan 17, 2019
the average score is 12 wow :o But i guess people who didnt know any skipped this quiz... I only got alef and bet. figured some might be similar to latin, as they are, but couldnt guess any correct spelling and soon gave up