Living Language iKnow Arabic
. This audio fash cardprogram lets you see and hear all o the essential words, phrases,and conversations that you need to get by in Arabic. Just listen tothe native speakers o Arabic and repeat in the pauses.Beore we get started learning new words, phrases, and sentences,let’s rst take a look at Arabic script.
Arabic Script 1
Are you ready to learn how to read Arabic script?Make sure to go through these sections in order (Arabic Script 1,then Arabic Script 2, etc.), because they build on each other.We’ll start with vowels. There are three “long” vowels in Arabic.
is pronounced “aa,” as in the “a” in “bath.”
is pronounced “uu,” as in the “oo” in “pool.”
is pronounced “ii,” as in the “ee” in “see.”
There are also three “short” vowels, which are represented by symbolsabove or below a letter, and not by actual letters o the alphabet.
The slash over a letter (
) is pronounced “a.”
The small hook over a letter (
) is pronounced “u.”
The slash under a letter (
) is pronounced “i.”
Note, however, that two o the long vowels can also be consonants.
is the consonant “y,” as in “yes,”
when it ollows or precedesanother vowel.
is the consonant “w,” as in “water,”
when it ollows orprecedes another vowel.
Notice that when a consonant, such as “y,” ends a word, a small circle(
) is written on top o it.
Now let’s learn more about consonants.Most Arabic consonants have our orms, depending on wherethey’re used in a word.
b, t, th
Independent orms are used on their own.