While I have no unicode to show my predicament, I'd like to describe it. I know the vowel for i, such as in the English word "bit", is represented by a dot under the consonant. I know the vowel for ee, such as in the English word "sweet", is represented by a dot under the consonant and the symbol for y to the consonant's left. However, the practice website I was using showed a y consonant with a dot under it, followed by the m character, and translated it as "yeem" instead of "yim." They did this several times, so it was no typo. Does that mean if the consonant is y, the second y symbol needed to make the ee sound is unneeded? In that case, how can you tell "yi" from "yee"? Or when paired with the consonant y, will the vowel i always sound like the vowel ee?
closed as off topic by Double AA♦ Oct 3 '12 at 22:30
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You wrote: "I know the vowel for i, such as in the English word "bit", is represented by a dot under the consonant." I think that is where you went wrong. The dot under the consonant is a "chirik" (pronounced "kheereek"). As far as I know, all speakers of Hebrew pronounce it as "ee," though it sometimes is transliterated as "i" (as in *i*ridescent).