The Arabic Alphabet

The Arabic Alphabets

One of the first obstacles facing anyone trying to learn Arabic is getting familiar with another unusual alphabet and most profoundly a new writing system and sounds not used in English. Learning the alphabet is the first essential step toward mastering Arabic. Whether you want to read the Quran in Its original language, study modern Arabic literature, or simply read a menu in an Arab restaurant, this has to be your first step. Sooner or later you will be able to recognize and reproduce all the letters, to pronounce them more or less correctly, and to combine them into words.

The Arabic Alphabet is made of 28 letters, all of which are consonants, and is written from right to left. Each letter is given a name which contains the letter itself.


Before you proceed through any grammar lesson, you must memorize the names of these letters, what they sound like, and the order in which they appear. The next article will help you do just that. See you there!


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