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Vowels in Arabic

Vowels in Arabic Vowels in Arabic are called harakat حَرَكَات, the singular of which is haraka حَرَكَة. Fortunately for the learners of Arabic as a foreign language, vowels in Arabic are simple and limited. They are sim…

What is shadda?

What is shadda? What is shadda? shadda شَدَّة is a diacritical mark that is indicated by the sign ( ـّ ). It means the doubling of a consonant. In other words, the consonant over which the shadda is placed is to be soun…

What is taa marbuta?

What is taa marbuta? What is taa marbuta? taa marbuta is the taa that always occurs at the end of certain nouns and adjectives. If connected to the preceding letter, it is written like this ـة, as in سَاعَة ‘watch’, فَا…

Silent alif al-wasl

Silent alif al-wasl Silent alif al-wasl is the conjunctive alif that is not pronounced in connected speech. When we speak, it is common that we assimilate, drop, or blend certain sounds. In English, for example, the phr…

What is hamza in Arabic?

What is hamza in Arabic? What is hamza in Arabic? [hamza] is the first letter of the Arabic Alphabet [alif, ba, ta …], so it is basically the [alif]. However, there are two types of [alif]. As for its position in the wo…

What is Alif al-Wasl?

What is Alif al-Wasl? What is alif al-wasl? The word [wasl] means ‘connection’. So, [alif al-wasl] أَلِف الوَصْل is ‘connective alif.’ It connects the word in which it occurs with the preceding word so that speech sound…
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