The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read and Write It
Ever larger numbers of people are starting to learn Arabic, while even more have some contact with the Arab world. Anyone who wishes to learn the language faces a hitherto formidable initial problem: the alphabet. This book proceeds step by step through all the letters of the Arabic alphabet, showing the sounds they stand for and how they are combined into words. Nothing essential is left out, but no unnecessary complications are added. Readers will find that progress is rapid and will be surprised at the relative ease with which they master the first steps in learning this increasingly important world language. The Arabic Alphabet -- How to Read and Write It belongs on the desk of every student of the language, in the luggage of every visitor to the Middle East, in the briefcase of all business people with Arab clients, and in the back pocket of all employees of British or American companies working for a time in an Arab country. Book jacket.
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accent alif alphabet and writing Arab world Arabic alphabet Arabic language Arabic letter basic shape blip chapter classical Arabic combinations connector Daad daal daara damma darasa definite article DHaa dhaal diacritical marks diphthong emphatic consonants emphatic version English letter equivalent European language exactly example final form four forms ghayn glottal stop hamza is written initial and medial Initial Medial Final initial or medial instance isolated and final Isolated Final isolated form kaaf kasra kataba khaa Koran laam learning Arabic letter nuun letter taa long vowel aa looks loop madda marbuuTa medial forms miim modern standard Arabic native speakers non-connecting letters preceding letter pronounced pronunciation The letter qaaf remember Reminder about pronunciation Saad shadda shiin short vowels simply sits stroke sukuun sun letter thaa three dots three letters three-consonant root tongue transliteration vowel of hamza vowel preceding hamza waaw writing system zaay zero vowel