alif, waw, ya

Introduction

alif

You know this sound from..

The sound made by "a" in the English word 'start'

This is how the letter looks in words


waw

You know this sound from..

The sound made by 'oo' in the English word 'cool'

This is how the letter looks in words


ya

You know this sound from..

The sound made by 'ee' in the English word 'feel'

This is how the letter looks in words


Extra info

There's one variation of alif that you need to know about. It looks like this:

Arabic symbol hamza

Notice the little symbol (called hamza) above the alif? This symbol slightly changes the pronunciation of the alif.

Alif without hamza - a long 'a' sound, like in 'father'
Alif with hamza - a short 'a' sound, like in 'about'

(If you're familiar with linguistic terms, alif with hamza makes a glottal stop sound.)


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Flashcards with audio

1. Recognise alif, waw and ya individually

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2. Read words containing alif, waw and ya

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