Light vs. heavy sounds

 



     
   

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Here is a matter of phonetics...

Arabic has seven heavy sounds that do not exist in the English language.

Also, Arabic has lighter sounds that do exist in the English language.
 

The seven heavy letters, or the "tricky" sounds, are covered in this module.

 

  Compare the SOUNDS of the heavy vs. light letters:

 

14-2 light v.s. heavy sounds

 
 

LIGHT LETTERS

 Found in Arabic & English 

 

HEAVY LETTERS
Found only in Arabic NOT English

 

        د 

       d
(e.g. day)



      ض
              
2 D


      هـ 
          
h
(e.g. happy)

 

      ح
              
H



      س
                  
s
(e.g. sad) 



      ص
         
      S



        ت
           
t
(e.g. tame)



       ط
              
 T



        ث
          
th
(e.g. thin)         



        ذ
             
1 dh


        ك
            k
(e.g. kind)


       ق
             
1 q



      ز

      13 z
(e.g. zebra)



       ظ
            
14 Z

 



 


Be careful:

1- Hearing the difference between the light and the heavy letters is critical to pronouncing Arabic correctly.

English speakers tend to change the the heavy sounds to the light sounds.

 

Falooka places a dot under transliterated heavy sounds. For example: D - S - T - Z

2- Heavy letters are often pronounced as light letters in Egyptian Spoken Arabic.

Why? Because light sounds are easier to pronounce.

Beware: MSA/Classical Arabic preserves the heavy sounds.

Used in both classical & colloquial Arabic

Used mostly in classical & and not colloquial Arabic

د ذ
ت    ث
ء   ق 

3- For MSA/Classical Arabic remember to gently release the tongue from the mouth for the following letters:

ث  ذ  ظ 

 


   

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