Several passages read in fluent Hebrew - as promised.
I had promised a surprise native Israeli reader on my most recent shabbat blog. Here he is reading part of Genesis in the second chapter.
Read by Asaf Bereby
Super thanks to @asafb2k for taking the time to send a recording of b'resheet in the mid section of the second chapter, read fluently by Asaf Bereby who lives in the land of milk and honey. Verse numbers are slightly different in the Hebrew bible, which is why I said midsection. (Asaf had given me permission to post using his reading and I have been waiting to do this post for a very long time.
Now that you have heard the bible read fluently, you will agree that the slow and short sets of words that I read are just that, slow and short. You should find yourself associating sounds with the letter imagery, then noting the niqqud (vowels) and their location. Pause and repeat when I post a short reading. (difficult to do with today's passage- but try if you feel up to it!)
Anyone who has already learned the language, please don't reply. I would like a student to find the answer. If you know the answer immediately, just type the words "Restraining myself!" you will be rewarded via vote(s) for not ruining the learning opportunity for my student followers
Here is the contest:
Asaf read all the words as he sees them. He is used to reading Hebrew without the niqqud (without the vowel markings).
Here is a note from him shortly before he made this recording
שבת שלום, צור איתי קשר במייל על מנת שאוכל לשלוח לך את ההקלטה שלי קורא בעברית. כמו שדיברנו בפוסט הקודם שלך.
you see he does not use vowel points, but the Tanakh does have them
As he read in Genesis (b'resheet), I heard him say a word several times. The word was missing a vowel, but Asaf clearly said the vowel. I am pretty sure he used the correct pronunciation of that word. Your job? Find the word. Spell the word in the comments. Then show me the letter and include the vowel that was missing.
Identify the missing vowel. You must spell the word that was missing a vowel. Then either write the letter with the vowel in place or capture it from another word. Snap a picture if you wrote it, or take a screen shot if you found the same letter that has the correct vowel. Post it to the comments.
First one to comment correctly wins!
Example: The word was bet resh alef and the letter was bet'
The winner gets 20 sbd
Others may be rewarded for valiant efforts.