I've come across a Hebrew word that I don't know how to pronounce. The word is השגחה, which means providence. Sometimes, השגחה פרטית, Divine Providence.

After attempting to use automated transliteration tools, which produce something unpronounceable like Hshgchh and searching online for existing answers, I've determined that I'm going to need a human to help me with this one.

The question is, are questions like "How do I pronounce this Hebrew word" (Latinization) on topic provided attempts were made to find the pronunciation out on one's own? And if not, which SE site would be more appropriate for helping someone that speaks English to learn biblical Hebrew?

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    I would try in Biblical Hermeneutics Chat. (This doesn't even appear to be a Biblical word, but I or somebody else there would be happy to try to help you get the info you need. I suspect that it's not on topic on any extant SE site.)
    – Susan
    Nov 30 '18 at 4:09
  • I hate to be this guy, but google.ca/…
    – user22655
    Nov 30 '18 at 5:20
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    BTW, Mi Yodeya chat is also sometimes helpful for questions like this. @Susan
    – user22655
    Nov 30 '18 at 5:21
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    There are also various different ways to pronounce Hebrew words (different traditions about certain vowel sounds and certain consonant sounds). The most common transliteration for the word השגחה is probably "hashgacha", wherein "h" corresponds to ה, "a" corresponds to the invisible vowel, "sh" corresponds to ש, "g" corresponds to ג, "a" corresponds to another invisible vowel, "ch" corresponds to ח, and "a" corresponds to ה.
    – Alex
    Nov 30 '18 at 7:01
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    Some minor variations include replacing the "ch" with "h", replacing the latter two "a" with "o", and adding "h" at the end (i.e. either "ah" or "oh". A couple of transliterations are mentioned in the Wikipedia article.
    – Alex
    Nov 30 '18 at 7:04
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    Possible duplicate of Are Hebrew language questions on-topic? Nov 30 '18 at 8:25
  • You might want to visit these guys: dailydoseofhebrew.com or ibiblio.org/bgreek/forum/viewforum.php?f=48
    – Ruminator
    Dec 5 '18 at 22:09

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