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Ahlan bikom, ana Carole! Welcome to Arabicpod101.com’s Abjadiyyah Made Easy!
The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn the Arabic alphabet: the Abjadiyyah!
In the last lesson, we learned two letters in the second group that look alike. In this lesson we'll learn another set of similar letters from the second group. I know how frustrating it is to learn letters that are hard to pronounce, but don’t worry! There aren’t many left in that group! Ready to learn? Then let’s go!
The first letter we have in this lesson is ع. It looks like a mirror image of the number 3, but it dips beneath the line in the isolated and final forms. ع doesn’t sound like any other letter in the Arabic or English alphabet. The sound comes from a very deep part in the throat. Let’s practice it together. Repeat after me.
Let’s write the isolated form:
Now let’s see the other forms of ع: Take note how they all look a bit different.
Initial: ( عَسَل )
Medial: ( بَعد )
Final: ( سَبع )
Let’s see how we write them!
The next letter we’ll learn is غ. This one is like the French R. It looks just like the ع except that it has a dot on top. Its sound is similar to the sound you make when you gargle, a sound that comes from a point deep in the throat. Listen carefully:
Let’s write it down in the isolated version:
Now for the rest of the forms:
Initial: ( غُبار )
Medial: ( صَغير )
and Final: ( رَسغ )
Let’s write them down:
Let’s learn some words using these 2 letters combined with some of the letters we learned before.
Our first word is عَبرَ (abra) meaning “through”.
ع is in the initial form with a fatha on top, then we have the ب in the medial form without vowelling, connected to ر in the final form with a fatha on top.
Let’s write it:
The next word is غَدر (ghadr) which means “betrayal”. غ is in the initial form with a fatha on top, connected to a medial د with no vowelling, with the ر in the final form.
Let’s write it down:
Now it's time for Carole’s Tips.
In this lesson, you learned the letter ع. [word] is also the Arabic word for "eye". For example, the expression ّالعَين بِالعَين وَالسِنّ بِالسِن means "Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth".
Great job in making it this far! Next time, we’ll be having another review lesson and we’ll learn more vowelling signs. I’ll see you in the next Abjadiyyah Made Easy Lesson. Take care! Salam!