[Avodah] Is it Hebrew or is it Aramaic?

Akiva Miller akivagmiller at gmail.com
Fri Feb 19 02:36:31 PST 2021

R' Micha Berger wrote:
> No suffix for zakhar and a final h "-ah" for neqeiva in Hebrew.
> A final alef "-a" for zakhar nound ans "-isa" for neqieva in Aramaic.

When I was in yeshiva, I had a friend who had more than a few seforim
published with Hebrew fonts, but not Hebrew language. I ended up developing
a set of rules by which I could determine a book's language at just a

Lots of words ending with Heh - Hebrew
Lots of words ending with Aleph - Aramaic
Lots of words starting with Aleph - Arabic
Lots of words with aleph or ayin or double-yud in the middle - Yiddish

I had a rule for Ladino too, but I've forgotten it.

Akiva Miller
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