|Abraham's "Four hundred shekels" in Hebrew with vowels and cantillation marks.|
Most words in Hebrew are spelled only with consonants. Unlike English, vowels in Hebrew are not letters, they are additional symbols placed under words. These vowels or Nekudot, are used for proper pronunciation.
Although this sounds difficult, children learn to recognize words in Hebrew without vowels by the time they reach the fourth grade. Most books and newspapers are printed without vowels.
An authentic Torah scroll or Hebrew Bible for use in a synagogue is hand written without vowels. Proper pronunciation has been preserved orally since the time of Moses. Printed Torahs used for study are printed with the vowels.