צ (tsa·DI) represents the Hebrew “ts” sound. tsa·DI is the 18th letter in the Hebrew alphabet. In our system of transliteration we represent the tsa·DI with “ts.” This sound occurs in English in words that have “ts” or “tz,” for example, in “its,” “quartz,” “pants,” “tsetse (fly).” The tsa·DI is one of five Hebrew letters that have a final form. These include final mem (ם), which we learned in Lesson 15, final kaf (ך), which we learned in Lesson 27, and final nun (ן), which we learned in Lesson 30. The final form of the צ (tsa·DI) is ץ. Now we can read words that end in tsa·DI such as אֶרֶץ (’E·rets, “land,” “country”).
For the transliteration system used in this series, click here.