Differentiating between light and heavy
letters is critical to
pronouncing Arabic correctly.
Let's say it again: Critical.
Try not to be a student of Arabic who
says light letters instead of heavy
letters... when the letter is clearly
Learning Arabic means putting a little
extra time, in the beginning, to hearing
between isolated heavy and
Then as you get better try to capture
the heavy letters within the midst of a
word. Which gets more challenging.
English speakers have a hard time
capturing the heavy sounds -- and
tend to alter them to light sounds or
skip over them entirely. They just look
the other way and ignore the letter all
Revisit the above table
over and over and over again
until you get it.
A native speaker may notice your
replacement of heavy for light sounds.
a dot under transliterated heavy sounds.
Is there any good news?? Yes.
Heavy letters are frequently
light letters in Egyptian Colloquial/Spoken Arabic.
Why is this good news?
Because light sounds are much easier to