Transliteration of Arabic Letters

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 presents the actual pronunciation of Arabic sounds in English sound…

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, and و. In this lesson you will see how the remaining fifteen…

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 beginning of the word, one in the middle of the word, and one at…

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 as لَ la, لِ, li, or لُ lu. What if they are followed by the …

The Arabic Alphabet (1)

The Arabic Alphabet The Arabic Alphabet comprises twenty-eight letters. All these letters are consonants. Besides the [alif] ا and the [alif al-madd] آ, the Arabic Alphabet  has thirty letters. Here is a list of these sounds ordered according to their place of production, namely…
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