taa, thaa

Introduction

taa

This is a new sound for English speakers. Start by putting your tongue and teeth in postion to say 't'. When making the sound add extra emphasis from the back of the throat. You could think of it as a throaty 't' sound.

This is how the letter looks in words


thaa

This is a new sound for English speakers. Start by putting your tongue and teeth in postion to say 'th' as in the word 'then'. When making the sound add extra emphasis from the back of the throat. You could think of it as a throaty 'th' sound.

This is how the letter looks in words


Extra info

There are 5 letters of the Arabic alphabet described as 'emphatic'.

These letters are all consonants and are all pronounced from the back of the throat. (If you're familiar with linguistic terms, they are pharyngeal consonants).

In this lesson you've just encountered the first two of these emphatic sounds - 'taa' and 'thaa'.

The important thing to know is that any short vowel following one of these sounds will end up sounding longer than usual. You'll see some examples of this in the tests for this lesson.


It's time to practice what you've learnt

Flashcards with audio

1. Recognise taa and thaa in words

Arabic alphabet flashcards

2. Read words containing taa and thaa

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