Category Archives: Arabic Alphabets

Arabic Alphabet Connected Forms

The youngest of my middles hasn’t picked up Arabic reading as quickly as the older three, so we are doing some remedial work. I worked up a little presentation for this as well as worksheets of writing practice for each letter and its forms. You can download those and some simple Arabic flashcards (previously posted at TJ) for those at TJ Arabic Studies:

You will need WinZip/WinRar, etc to unzip the files.

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Posted by on June 15, 2011 in Arabic Alphabets


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Arabic Alphabet Letter Formation Cards

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Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Arabic Alphabets


Arabic Alphabet Handwriting Practice (Connected forms)

To help practice the connected forms of each letter of the Arabic alphabet, I’ve completed a series of worksheets.

There are four worksheets for each letter which allow students to practice each letter in 3 letter connected combinations:

Click to access handwriting-practice-alphabet-initial-final-focus.pdf


If you are looking for practice of the standalone forms, you can find worksheets for those, here in sha Allah:

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Posted by on February 18, 2011 in Arabic Alphabets, Arabic Handwriting


Arabic Alphabet: Sounds, Names, and English Equivalents

A bit ago, I received a comment from a visitor who was looking for names of Arabic letters and English equivalents, which is one (well one of many) things that I did not have.

I put together a little something to that effect (really basic).  Most of my present materials assume that the teacher knows the names and sounds of the letters, so I hope this helps for those who don’t.

Letter names/English “equivalents” (if any)
(Sometimes an equivalent is given, but it may not be 100% equivalent but is what is generally designated).

The letters are in alphabetical order, so please refer to one of my (or any other) alphabet chart to correlate if you are not able to recognize the letters by sight).

Alif – short A, e, or u (depending upon which short vowel is present on it), but it is mostly commonly used as an A in alphabet charts.
Taa – t

Thaa – th sound (voiced), as in “thick”
jeem – J
haa- h (soft h sound)
khaa – no equivalent, sounds like a kh
daal – d
thaal – th sound (voiceless) as in “the”
raa – r
zaa – z
seen – s
sheen -sh
saad – s, but pronounced differently than the seen, the mouth is more rounded
daad – d but different than the daal, the mouth is more rounded
Taw – like a t but different than the taa, the mouth is more rounded when pronounced
Thaw – similar to th sound , but the mouth is more rounded
Ein – no equivalent
ghein – g (hard)
faa – f
qaaf – q
kaaf – k
laam – l
meem – m
noon – n
Haa – h but more hardy
wow- w
yaa- y

I would just rely on this for the teacher and not get into equivalents for the students. Many think that transliteration and comparing to English will serve as a crutch. However, for teachers  for whom Arabic is not their native language and who don’t have a teacher themselves, then it is probably essential in the beginning.

If you can find a book or software on tajweed, this will help more accurately with the pronunciation of sounds, in sha Allah, than what I have provided here.

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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Arabic Alphabets


Arabic Alphabet Lessons for Preschoolers: Lesson 14


Lesson 14: Wrap Up/Assessment ; Maintenance– Optional

Test student on all letters learned thus far and give student certificate of completion (make your own or see TJ’s Arabic alphabet section).

Be sure to review the flashcards on a daily basis as well as recite the alphabet in order. After a while, reduce review to weekly, then monthly as needed.

The next learning step is to learn the different forms of the letters of the alphabet……………….

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Posted by on January 17, 2010 in Arabic Alphabets