In this lesson we will learn the Arabic Alphabet In-Shā’-Allâh (God Willing). The
lesson is designed to teach the names of all the alphabets.
Click on the letters to hear how the letter names are pronounced.
Please note that some of these letters are very
similar to English letter sounds e.g.: /Bā’/ is very close
to the letter 'B' in the English language, this is a useful
way to remember the sounds of the letters. However many
letters have no equivalent sounds in English e.g.: /ξayn/,
and some letters have subtle but important differences in
pronunciation, e.g.: /Hā’/ which is pronounced with a lot
more emphasis in the throat than the letter 'H' in English.
In Arabic, it is preferred to use the
'tanween' ('un') to clarify the pronunciation – especially
on the final letter of a word. We have used the tanween
in the sounds below. For example – instead of /Bā’/ we have said 'Bā-un'.
The letter name is still /Bā’/ but we have
used the 'un' to clarify the pronunciation.
Finally, please note that the Arabic script is
read from right to left. Please read the letters below starting
from the right and reading each letter to the left.