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Importance of vowels and not just the alphabet.


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Learn your vowels with the alphabet.

   Did you know that the Arabic alphabet consists of 28 letters? Did you also know for each of the 28 letters there can be six different sounds depending on the short or long vowel that the letter carries?

Arabic has three short and three long vowels. When anyone of these vowels is coupled with a consonant the consonant develops a unique sound.

Note consonants can also carry a symbol for the 'no vowel' for the "pure" or  "default" sound of the letter. The symbol for the no vowel is the sequoun () which appears as a small circle above the consonant.
Listen below to each of the 28 letters. First you will hear the letter with no vowel then with the six consecutive vowels.

Arabic Alphabet with Short and Long Vowels


Be careful:
1- You can not attach short vowels onto long vowels. Why would you? You already have a vowel! Short vowels can only be attached to consonants.
2- You can not attach long vowels onto the Alif (as seen in the first horizontal row in the table below with the usage of the X's).
3- Nor can you attach a long vowel following its cognate consonant. For example, a waaw long vowel following the waaw consonant. It would just look weird wouldn't it.

The Arabic Alphabet Song

Listen to the Arabic alphabet with short and long vowels attached.

View the letters without the vowels (with transliteration).

View the letters without the vowels (without transliteration).

Watch this video clip on the nine "tricky" Arabic sounds.

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