The letter alif is the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. It is roughly equivalent to “A” in English. However, it can be tricky in some ways. In this post, we introduce the different ways of writing alif. Adding hamza, madda, and diacritics changes the shape and sound of alif. It has different shapes depending on where it is in the word. Also, when preceded by laam, it takes a different shape. Another letter with the same sound, but a different shape, as alif is called alif layyena, and it comes at the end of the word.
The letter alif takes different shapes and sounds, when adding hamza and madda, as well as kasra or damma
Welcome everyone! In this post, we will introduce the Arabic alphabet (28 letters). For each letter, we are showing a name of an animal that starts with this letter. We are also showing how words are made of letters. For example, the word:
is made of the letters (alif, seen daal) :
أ س د
and each letter is colored to match with the pronunciation in English. Also you can notice for each letter the different shapes of it, if it comes separate, or whether it is at the beginning of the word, or in the middle or at the end. We will discuss these in upcoming posts. In the comments, let us know if you have any questions.