An Alef-beys Chart

A Yiddish alphabet chart, for quick reference. You can download a pdf of the chart at the bottom of the page.

You can click on each letter to hear the letter name and pronounciation. Vowels, consonants, final forms of letters, and letters that only appear in words of Hebrew origin are each marked with separate color.

א

א

shtumer alef / silent

silent

אַ

אַ

pasekh alef/
as in lark

vowel

אָ

אָ

komets alef/
as in for

vowel

ב

ב

beys

consonant

בֿ

בֿ

veys

hebrew only

ג

ג

giml/
as in girl

consonant

ד

ד

daled

consonant

ה

ה

hey

consonant

ו

ו

vov/
as in moon

vowel

וּ

וּ

melupm vov/
as in moon

vowel

װ

װ

tsvey vovn

consonant

וי

וי

vov yud/
as in boy

dipthong

ז

ז

zayen

consonant

ח

ח

khes/
as in Irish loch

hebrew only

ט

ט

tes

consonant

י

י

yud/
as in yes, as in give or as in leave

vowel/consonant

יִ

יִ

khirek yud/
as in give
or as in leave

vowel

יי

יי

tsvey yudn/
as in weigh

dipthong

ײַ

ײַ

pasekh tsvey yudn/
as in fly

dipthong

כּ

כּ

kof

hebrew only

כ

כ

khof/
as in Irish loch

consonant

ך

ך

langer khof/
as in Irish loch

final form

ל

ל

lamed

consonant

מ

מ

mem

consonant

ם

ם

shlos mem

final form

נ

נ

nun

consonant

ן

ן

langer nun

final form

ס

ס

samekh

consonant

ע

ע

ayen/
as in bed

vowel

פּ

פּ

pey

consonant

פֿ

פֿ

fey

consonant

ף

ף

langer fey

final form

צ

צ

tsadek

consonant

ץ

ץ

langer tsadek

final form

ק

ק

kuf

consonant

ר

ר

reysh

consonant

ש

ש

shin

consonant

שׂ

שׂ

sin

hebrew only

תּ

תּ

tof

hebrew only

ת

ת

sof

hebrew only

דזש

דזש

daled zayen shin/
as in jar

consonant

זש

זש

zayen shin/
as in beige

consonant

טש

טש

tes shin/
as in cheese

consonant

Move on to the exercise on Yiddish vowel names here. 

Downloads:
PDF icon alef-beys-chart.pdf