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Small Open Source projects attn: Gordon Marx

On Sat, 19 Mar 2005 12:19:06 -0500, Josh Pollak
<pardsbane at> wrote:
> It should be pointed out that in Hebrew, the vowels are small dots and
> strokes that are placed
> under the characters that represent the consonants they follow. They
> are used to teach the language, but very often fluent speakers don't
> write them at all, it takes too much time and people recognize the
> words without them.

Basically, the last bastion of printed material with vowels is
prayerbooks. Almost everything else has no vowels. It's also the same
in Yiddish. Because of the way Hebrew is structured, though, it's not
hard to read without vowels, and it's pretty easy to recognize new
words that are related to ones you already know.

Hebrew and Yiddish are both really neat languages. Plus they're a lot
easier to learn than Chinese. :--)
Gordon Marx
gcmarx at

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