The Alphabet

a

أ

b

ب

t

ت

th

ث

J*

ج

H**

ح

kh

خ

d

د

dh

ذ

r

ر

z

ز

s

س

sh

ش

S (hard)

ص

D (hard)

ض

T (hard)

ط

Z (hard)

ظ

A**

ع

gh

غ

f

ف

q

ق

k

ك

l

ل

m

م

n

ن

h

ه

w

و

y

ي

*pronounced differently dependent upon region: a ‘g’ sound in Egypt

**letters with a dot underneath are a hardened versions of the letter e.g. the ‘English h in hello’ becomes an h made as though you were breathing to create condensation on a window

A** this is a hardened A sound made at the back of the throat

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