How to read Arabic without using English letters


Transliteration used in site:

Recognize the Roman transliteration of the Arabic letters used on Falooka.

IMPORTANT: Transliteration = How the Arabic letter is written in English for those of you who do not wish to read Arabic text OR/ having difficulty reading Arabic text.

Beware: While listening to each letter below you will hear it twice. The first time is the name of the letter and the second time is the sound of the letter.

       Letter           Transliteration used on site



 1  (alif)



 2  (bi)



 3  (ti)


th, t, s

 4  (thi)



 5  (giim)


 6  (ḥa)

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 Be careful

1- Use the above transliterated letters if you do not wish to learn to read Arabic text.

Falooka does not transliterate Classical Arabic (only the Egyptian dialect) since MSA students will need to learn to read Arabic text.

Classical Arabic = MSA = Standard Arabic = Fusha = formal written Arabic. Yup, these are a lot of ways to say the same thing.

Falooka uses "MSA/Classical" to signify formal Arabic.

1- Falooka places a dot under transliterated heavy sounds. For example:
- - -

2- Falooka transliteration reflects how native speakers speak and not how the actual words are spelt in Arabic text.

For instance, even if a word is spelt with a long vowel it may appear as a short vowel if it is pronounced that way.

3- If you intend to learn the Arabic letters then listen to the "alif-bi-tis" (abc song) played on the piano.

Shortly after learning the Arabic letters learn to use the Arabic dictionary. Don't put it off. It takes practice to be able to use an Arabic dictionary because of the root system.

Tip: Write out your "alif-bi-tis" (abc's) on a flash card and place the flash card in your dictionary. This will help you remember the order of the letters while looking up words.

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