Arabic Language

Diacritics in Arabic (3)

In the previous lesson, you learned about the shape of the diacritical marks and where they are positioned in relation to letters, i.e. above or below. This lesson is about the importance and role of diacritics. The four…

Diacritics in Arabic (2)

In the previous lesson, you learned that Arabic certainly has vowels, but they are not written, especially in Modern Standard Arabic, because they are diacritical, i.e. not actual letters. These vowels are called short v…

Diacritics in Arabic (1)

Is there a word in English without a vowel? No. There cannot be a word without a vowel. Vowels help us divide words into syllables; besides, it is articulatorily difficult to move from one consonant to another. Therefore…

Transliteration of Arabic Lett…

In the initial stages of learning, using transliteration is inevitable and sometime useful. It facilitates transition from the pure beginner stage to upper-beginner stage; plus, it speeds up learning. This lesson present…

The Arabic Alphabet (4)

In the previous lesson, you came to know how the first fifteen Arabic letters are joined to other letters. You also learned that there are six letters that never join to letters that follow them. They are ا, د, ذ, ر, ز, …

The Arabic Alphabet (3)

Arabic is a cursive language; its letters must be joined to form words. This entails that they change their shapes. The change in shape is not straightforward, as a letter can have three different shapes: one at the begi…

The Arabic Alphabet (2)

In the previous lesson, you learned the Arabic Alphabet and their pronunciation which varies according to the short vowel (i.e. al-Harakah al-qaSiirah) that accompanies them. For example, the letter ل can be pronounced a…

The Arabic Alphabet (1)

The Arabic Alphabet الأَبْجَدِيَّة العَرَبِيَّة [al-abjadiiyah al-‘arabiiyah] comprises twenty-eight letters/sounds. Besides the [alif] ا and the [alif al-madd]آ, they are thirty.  Almost all these letters are consonants…
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