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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: “ا” and “ن”. These letters have English counterparts. In this lesson we'll continue our study of the Arabic alphabet by learning more letters that have English counterparts. Ready to go? Well then, let’s get started!
In this lesson, we'll learn these three letters. See how they all look a lot like each other? This will help you memorize them. And because these have English counterparts, we know for sure that they are going to be easy to pronounce!
Remember the “ن” we learned in the previous lesson? There are 2 differences between the ن and the 3 letters we’re learning in this lesson. The first difference is the number and position of the dots. The second difference is that the isolated version of the ن dips beneath the line like this, while the 3 letters in this lesson don’t.
Our first letter of the lesson is “ب”! And yep, it makes a “B” sound! You can remember this, because the dot is below the boat shape.
Let’s study the different ways to write it together!
Now you write it!
As we studied in the previous lesson, there are many forms for every letter in Arabic. The letter “B” has 4 possible positions - isolated, initial, medial, and final. Let’s see the remaining 3:
Initial, medial, final.
Now we’ll write them.
That’s all there is to the B! Let’s move on.
The second letter you’ll learn in this lesson is another one that looks like B, “ت”. As you can see, the only difference is in the position, and the number of the dots. The pronunciation is like the English T, except you should release your breath with a strong burst of air. Try it! /T/. /T/.
Here’s how to write the isolated version.
This letter also has 4 possible positions - isolated, initial, medial, and final.
Let’s see the remaining three.
Ok, let's write them:
Now let's finish up this lesson with the third letter of this group.
Our final letter is “ث”. That’s like the “th” in the English word “thief”. Pretty easy, right? “ث” has 3 dots on top of the boat-like letter, written in a triangle-like shape. ث carries an extra letter, so we add a THird dot. A THird dot, like THree!
Here’s how to write the isolated version.
You're almost there. Here are the remaining variations of this letter. Initial, medial, and final.
Once you practice writing these a few times, they won’t seem so difficult.
Well done! I think you’re ready to learn a new word. Can you read this?
[short pause] It's pronounced “”ab”.
This is the word for “father” in Arabic. The first letter is an isolated “A”. We learned that in the previous lesson. Then there’s an isolated “B”. Pretty easy, huh?
Now let's practice writing it.
أب [initial]
Now it's time for Carole’s Tips.
Here’s a useful reminder for memorizing the characters we’ve learned in this lesson:
for the letter B, the dot is "Below" the line and for the letters "T" and “TH”, the dots are at the "Top".
Be sure to add “‘أنا” and “أب” to your notebook! We'll be learning new words in each lesson, and by the end of the series, you will have a very useful collection of words that you wrote yourself!
In this lesson, we met three letters that look alike. In the next lesson, we’ll see three more letters that look alike. See you in the next Abjadiyyah Made Easy lesson!