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I've heard in Chabad and elsewhere that when teaching children to read Hebrew, one must call the letters and vowels only by their full traditional name. This is in my opinion very distracting for a child. In other words instead of saying B O BO, one goes through the whole alphabet saying komets alef O, komets beis BO, komets gimmel GO, etc.

  1. Does anyone know any source for this?
  2. Is adhering to this more important than actually teaching the child to read? That is, if the child has difficulty with this method and may not learn to read, is it acceptable to switch to another?
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Moderator's note: I've deleted a whole bunch of comments that applied only to earlier versions of the question. – msh210 Apr 28 '13 at 8:10
A pity you deleted the comment of ariel who answered the first question giving the chabad source. – user2709 Apr 28 '13 at 8:34
Sorry! Yes. It was: See: collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=22339 – msh210 Apr 28 '13 at 14:36

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