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Sound out the Letters

This section is intended to help you learn the sounds of the Arabic alphabet as well as to familiarize you with the writing conventions of the Arabic letters.  Each letter is written as it were written in the various positions (isolated, initial, medial, and final).  The same letter will then be written as the first letter of an Arabic word attached to the definite article alif lam (the) to underscore the assimilation process when the letter happens to be a "sun letter" (harf shamsiyy).The various locations are important since Arabic is written as a cursive script; hence, each letter ought to connect to the others on either side.  However, some letters do not connect to the letter after them (mostly for stylistic reasons).  You will need to be aware of these non-connectors so that you will not make the mistake of connecting them.
The sound patches are linked to each letter and not to the entire selection so that you can listen to each letter as many times as you need before you go to the next one, it will also enable you to compare individual letters especially when you reach the similar-sounding letters like:
س ص  -- ذ ظ ض --- ت ط
Finally, notice the change in the pronunciation of the ending sounds on the example (nouns): without the definite marker (alif-lam [the]), the noun sounds as if it has an "n" sound at the end; while the same noun with the alif-lamwould end with an "u" sound.  You process that for now as if that extra "n" sound, known as tanween, represents the indefinite marker in English "a"; once the noun is made definite, it disappears.  Although these features may sound as advanced grammatical elements; it is better that students are very aware of them early on even for pronunciation purposes only; as you may know, it is very hard to unlearn a bad habit.
You will find hand-written style as well as typed letters in the various positions.  The typed words can be viewed only if you have "Arabic Enabled Browser".

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