Why does Hebrew sound French?

Why do Hebrews sound like the French?

It’s because the pronunciation of certain sounds in French and Hebrew is similar (the r sound sounds the same to non native speakers I think) but Hebrew has some other sounds that I believe French doesn’t have and Arabic does, so a non native speaker could think so.

That being said, Hebrew does sound closer to French than to English. Probably the Great Vowel Shift in English (14th – 17th centuries) has something to do with this… however, this puts English phonetics far from most other languages which are on general closer to “write what you say”.

Why does Modern Hebrew sound like German?

These immigrants happened to be primarily Ashkenazi, or German/Yiddish-speaking Jews, so when they learned the new Modern Hebrew, they used a lot of Germanic phonetics. This became a prestige language (look it up) in Israel, being used in media and official communications, so other Hebrew speakers began to imitate it.

Why do Israelis sound German?

Modern Hebrew has only five vowels, compared to tens of vowels in English (the exact number depends on dialect), so they tend to get distorted by Israelis, whereas German has far more of the English vowels, so the vowels get less distorted.

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What Hebrew sounds like to foreigners?

It sounds a little bit like Arabic, but doesn’t sound as funny or exotic. There is also a bit of a European flavour to it. Like a mixture of French, Russian and Arabic.

What language did French Jews speak?

Zarphatic language. Zarphatic, or Judeo-French (Zarphatic: Tzarfatit), is an extinct Jewish language that was spoken by the French Jews of northern France and in parts of west-central Germany, such as Mainz, Frankfurt am Main and Aix-la-Chapelle.

Why do French and Israeli accents sound similar?

When pronouncing an American ‘R’, your tongue shrivels up at the back of the mouth and your mouth gets smaller. By the French, German or Israeli, though, the tongue lies at the bottom of the mouth and the sound comes from the throat – hence the different sound.

Can Yiddish speakers understand German?

Yiddish speakers usually have an easier time understanding German than vice versa, largely because Yiddish has added words from other languages, including Hebrew and Slavic languages, which makes it more difficult for German speakers to understand. In writing, German is also somewhat mutually intelligible with Dutch.

Who controls Israel?

The prime minister is head of government and the Knesset is the legislature. With a population of around 9 million as of 2019, Israel is a developed country and an OECD member.


State of Israel מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל‎ (Hebrew) دولة إسرائيل (Arabic)
Demonym(s) Israeli
Government Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic

Is Yiddish a dying language?

Let’s get one thing straight: Yiddish is not a dying language. While UNESCO officially classifies Yiddish as an “endangered” language in Europe, its status in New York is hardly in doubt.

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