Each language that is spoken in the world has its own tricky and special letters. These letters actually distinguish the languages, especially the way they are pronounced. As a matter of fact, one of the unique Arabic letters that will be featured in today's blog is the letter dhaad.

The letter dhaad isn’t equivalent to any of the English letters. However, also like Saad, this is a magnified version of daal, made by producing the sound D, only pulling the middle of your tongue down. While daal is gentle and easy to make, dhaad is more of a heavy and deep sound. The dhaad comes out from the back of the throat. And it only functions as a consonant letter. You will find everything you need about the letter dhaad in today's blog. How it looks like, its shapes depending on its position in a word, and some words with the letter dhaad.

Get to know the letter dhaad in Arabic

Before we start with the shapes of the letter dhaad, we need to demonstrate an important note that states that the letter dhaad can connect itself from both sides, as can be seen below in the table. While the second group (2nd group) shows letters that connect themselves from both sides. The (1st group) shows letters that can connect themselves only from the right side.

1st group: 

Connected from the right side


2nd group: 

Connected from both sides


As shown above, the letter dhaad falls in the second group. dhaad connects itself from both sides. So, let us get to know the letter dhaad and give some Arabic words with dhaad after the video.

As can be seen in the video, this is the shape of the letter dhaad standing alone. The form of the letter dhaad changes depending on where it appears in a word. So, we can have it either at the beginning of the word (initial), middle of the word (medial), or ending of the word (final). But firstly, notice that the letter dhaad is easy to write and it looks like a horizontal balloon with a big belly attached to it and a dot on top. If it is standing alone, it looks like this “ض.” Now, let us get to know the different shapes of the letter dhaad and give some Arabic words with dhaad.

dhaad shapes

The letter dhaad has 4 forms, depending on its position in the word

1. Initial (ض): When it comes at the beginning of a word: 

As in:                ضــفدع   /dhifdaʻ/   which means Frog

2. Medial: 1) While being connected (ـضـ): 

As in:      أخــضــر          /’akhdhar/      which means Green

                 2) While not being connected (ضـ):

As in:           رضيع     /radheeʻ/      which means       Infant

3. Final: 1) While being connected (ـضـ):

    As in:           بيــض   /baydh/          which means Eggs

             2) While not being connected (ض): 

   As in:           أرض       /’ardh/            which means Earth


To wrap up





          /dhifdaʻ/              ضـفدع



                  أخــضــر           /’akhdhar/

             رضيع    /radheeʻ/     


          بيــض             /baydh/

  أرض      /’ardh/    

That was it for the letter dhaad; you can also watch the video about the letter dhaad on our YouTube channel and practice the pronunciation of the letter dhaad by listening to it. Kaleela offers its users further practice on both the website and the application, and it covers all the material you require. Also, you can have the Arabic language listed and broken down into levels and topics to make it easier for you to learn the language gradually. Furthermore, we at Kaleela believe in creating and using a methodology such that the learner receives all the information he requests. Starting with the Arabic basics to advanced Arabic. All in all, Kaleela will guide you to master the Arabic language. In a positive and enjoyable manner. The best approach to learn Arabic is through downloading Kaleela. https://kaleela.page.link/bgs