English words in Hebrew

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English words in Hebrew

Postby caleteu » 2017-09-07, 11:43

So how are you supposed to figure out what a word like אנדרדוג means??? :hmm: Fortunately Lexilogos knew.
If it hat been אונדרדוג I might have been able to figure it out.
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Re: English words in Hebrew

Postby IpseDixit » 2017-09-07, 12:07

caleteu wrote:If it hat been אונדרדוג I might have been able to figure it out.


This is a conceptual mistake IMO. Hebrew transliterations are based on the pronunciation of words, not on the orthography.

Probably you thought that since "underdog" begins with <u> then it had to be או in Hebrew, but the first phoneme of "underdog" is [ʌ] which is perceived to be closer to [a] rather than [u] or [ɔ]. Hence why the single alef without vav.

אונדרדוג would be pronounced as "onderdog" or "oonderdog".

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Re: English words in Hebrew

Postby Lemanensis » 2017-09-21, 19:00

caleteu wrote:So how are you supposed to figure out what a word like אנדרדוג means??? :hmm: Fortunately Lexilogos knew.
If it hat been אונדרדוג I might have been able to figure it out.
yours, clt


Thing is, with words like this, the consonants are all wrong (too many, no pattern) for this to be a Hebrew word. So the standard rule of aleph being A, and vav being O or U applies. Even if you put A in everywhere there's no vav it would still be understandable with a bit of imagination.
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