Let us go on with the basics of the Arabic language. With Kaleela today, we will continue talking about the Arabic Alphabet. The upcoming letter in the Arabic alphabet is the letter Khaa’ in Arabic. The letter Khaa’ is not equivalent to any of the English letters, however, it is somehow close to the combination KH. Still, English language native speakers don’t have such a sound.
We are here to help you pronounce it correctly, this consonant occurs in many languages. It is a voiceless post velar (before or after /i/) or uvular (before or after /a/ or /u/) fricative, quite similar to the so-called ach-Laut in German ‘Nacht’ or Scottish ‘loch’ or the Spanish j in ‘mujer’ or as in the name of Lady Gaga’s song “Alejandro,” but in Arabic, it has a stronger, rasping sound. in this blog, you will find everything you need to know about the letter Khaa’.
Before we start with the shapes of the letter /Khaa’/, we need to demonstrate an important note that states that the letter Khaa’ can connect itself from both sides unlike the letter Alif which can only connect itself from the right side. Also, remember that there are some Arabic letters that can only be connected from the right side as in the table below in the first group, and the rest from both sides as in the 2nd group.
Since the letter Khaa’ falls in the second group, then it is a connecting letter. Now, let us learn the letter Khaa’ and give some Arabic letter Khaa’ words after the video.
As shown in the video, this is the shape of the letter Khaa’ standing alone. The shape of the letter Khaa’ changes depending on where it appears in a word and its surrounding letters. Whether it comes at the beginning of the word (initial), middle of the word (medial), or ending of the word (final). But firstly, notice that Khaa’ looks like a tilted line with the English letter C attached to it with a dot above it. Do not forget that Arabic is written from right to left when standing alone and is written like this “خ.” As in: (خروف) which means Sheep. Now, let us learn the different shapes of the letter Khaa’ and give some Arabic words with Khaa’.
The letter Khaa’ has several shapes, depending on its position in the word
As in: خروف /kharoof/ which means Sheep.
As in: نخلة /nakhlah/ which means Palm Tree.
As in: باخرة /baakhirah/ which means Steamship.
As in: بطيخ /baTeekh/ which means Water Melon.
As in: صاروخ /Saaroukh/ which means Rocket.
Another note is that the letter Khaa’ can always be connected from both sides unless preceded by a letter from the first group. So, whether it comes in the middle of the word or at the end, it is possible to disconnect itself if the letters belonging to the first group precede it.
To Wrap Up
Always remember to pronounce the letter Khaa’ correctly. It is a voiceless post velar (before or after /i/) or uvular (before or after /a/ or /u/) fricative, quite similar to the so-called ach-Laut in German ‘Nacht’ or Scottish ‘loch’ or the Spanish j in ‘mujer’ or as in the name of Lady Gaga’s song “AleJandro,” but in Arabic, it has a stronger and rasping sound.
That was it for the letter Khaa’; you can also watch the video about the letter Khaa’ on our YouTube channel and listen to how the letter Khaa’ is pronounced. 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. 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. 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.