The Arabic alphabet is a journey of its own. Pronunciation and formation of the Arabic letters depend on whether it is in the sentence and what tashkeel is present for the pronunciation to occur accordingly. Today’s lesson is all about the twin sisters Ra and Zayn. They both look almost exactly the same if it wasn’t for a dot that essentially created all the difference in pronunciation in Arabic and usage.
If ten is your lucky number, then Ra is your lucky letter. You probably already guessed it, but the Arabic Ra is the English R letter. This is a strong letter and many find it difficult to pronounce properly because it uses the tongue-induced vibration to create the sound.
Notice that this letter has no writing criteria for the initial or medial position. On the other hand, it connects from one part in the in the final, and stands alone when isolated.
To write this letter correctly, you place the pen on the starting position, make a curve to go around for three quarters, and stop.
See the following illustration of the letter Ra:
Here’s a fun fact: Ra and Zayn are sisters! They can almost be considered identical twins if it wasn’t for the dot on top of the Zayn. The Arabic Zayn is the English Z letter. This is an even stronger sound than the Ra.
Similarly to the Ra, this letter has no writing criteria for the initial or medial position. On the other hand, it connects from one part in the in the final, and stands alone when isolated.
To write this letter correctly, you do exactly what you do in writing the Ra: Place the pen on the starting position, make a curve to go around for three quarters, and then place that last dot on top.
See the following illustration of the letter Zayn:
These banana shaped letters are both sun letters, meaning, they both eliminate the /l/ sound when placed next to the article /al/.
The two following examples showcase this:
Both these words, meaning glass and spring respectively, have had the article /al/ added, but would eliminate the /l/, almost pressing it into the word where it is no longer pronounced.
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