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Hebrew Braille is the system of Braille used by Hebrew speakers and specifically, in the State of Israel. In many ways it is similar to the standard braille system used with the Roman alphabet. For instance, the Hebrew letter gimmel and the letter G in English share the same braille code. When the letter is not generally represented in English, such as the letter chet, with a "ch" sound (such as in "loch"), it is represented by its IPA symbol, x, so the x used in English is used. This makes it easy for bilingual speakers to use because the two systems are related based on shared consonants and vowels (see table below).

The Hebrew Braille is read from left to right, whereas written Hebrew is read right to left. Unlike in standard written Hebrew, in Hebrew braille, consonants "vet" and "bet", "kaf" and "chaf", "fei" and "pei", "shin" and "sin" are differentiated. Also unlike in standard written Hebrew, consonant "vav", and the vowels shuruk and cholam that are marked with a "vav" are differentiated. Similarly, consonant "Yud" and vowel hiriq marked with a "Yud", normally written without accents, are differentiated with separate braille characters. See table below for further clarification on pronunciation of the different consonants and vowels and their respective symbols.

Letters

  • The letters in the table are read from left to right.

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