Notes by Autumn Light

On Hebrew, English, translation, editing, and more—by Jonathan Orr-Stav

Is there a table/algorithm for transliteration between Arabic and Hebrew alphabets?

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(My answer to this question at

It’s problematic, as there are 28 letters in Arabic, and only 22 in Hebrew—which means that, at best, one needs to add apostrophes in Hebrew equivalent letters to distinguish between the four types of /t/ in Arabic with the two in Hebrew, two types of /g/ with the one in Hebrew, etc.—not to mention the Arabic letters with no real Hebrew equivalent, such as the ghayin (غ), or daad (ض).

At any rate, Amir Aharoni’s suggestion of the Hebrew Academy’s tables is a good one, but in case you have problems making sense of its introduction web page, here are the direct links for Arabic-to-Hebrew, and Hebrew-to-Arabic PDFs.



Author: יונתן אור-סתיו | Jonathan Orr-Stav

Hebrew-English translator, editor, author. מתרגם עברית–אנגלית, עורך באנגלית, וסופר.

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