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Interesting Facts About The Hebrew Language by Aciesglobalng: 7:03am On Feb 04, 2022
Top Facts About The Hebrew Language

1. It’s one of the original languages of the Bible.
Most scholars agree that the Bible was originally written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.

2. Men and women use different verbs.
Verbs take distinct forms depending on whether the subject of the sentence is male or female. A man, for example, might say אני לא מבין (“ani lo mevin”, or “I don’t understand), whereas a woman would say אני לא מבינה (“ani lo mevina”), which means the same thing.

3. The Hebrew alphabet has no vowels.
There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, and all of them are consonants. Therefore, in standard written Hebrew, the vowels are implicit. However, in children’s books and texts designed for learners, vowels are added to words in the form of small dots that appear above and below each consonant

4. Hebrew went through a dormant period of over 1500 years.
Around 200 AD, Hebrew died out as an everyday spoken language, even though it had existed for many centuries before. It remained dormant for over 1500 years until it was revived in the 19th century. During this dormant period, Hebrew still existed in its written form, and was used in Jewish liturgy and rabbinic texts.

5. Hebrew is regulated by an official academy.
Many languages, such as Spanish and French, are regulated by official academies, which provide guidelines for grammar and control which words are added to the dictionary. Hebrew is regulated by the Academy of the Hebrew Language, which was established by the Israeli government in 1953

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