Alphabet (Shapes)

Alphabet (Shapes)

 

 

Today’s post will teach you the Arabic names of some of the most common alphabet shapes.  The English word “shape” translates into the Arabic shakl (شكل), while the plural “shapes” translates into ashkāl (أشكال). Nonetheless, this is a relatively easy lesson, so have fun. Start with the basics and then master the more advanced shapes in Arabic.

 

However, before we begin, why is it important for you to learn alphabet shapes in Arabic?  First, learning the names of shapes can help you learn letters and numbers in Arabic. For example, what do you see when you look at the number 5 in Arabic? That’s right! It’s a circle! Furthermore, learning shapes also increases the vocabulary you can use to describe things in Arabic. Shapes and colors quickly become the core of your Arabic toolbox, allowing you to express what you see, what you want, and ideas you have. For instance, following and giving directions can also rely on this vocabulary, like when you want the taxi to take you to the Sixth Circle in Amman, for example.

 

Now you know the importance of learning alphabet shapes, so let’s start with the basics. First, a circle is  دائرة / dā’erah. Likewise, In Arabic, دوائر / dawā’e is more than one circle. Next, we have the مربع / murabba’ or “square”; more than one, and you have مربعات / murabba’āt. What do they call a triangle in Arabic? Of course, it’s مثلث / mutallat or مثلثات / mutallatāt if there are many triangles. A rectangle is مستطيل / mustatīl, while rectangles are مستطيلات /mustatīlāt. Finally, if you’ve ever seen an egg, you know it’s shaped like an إِهليلج / ihlaylaj or “oval”; this means if you have a dozen eggs, you have 12 إِهليليجات / ihlīlījāt (ovals). That’s all for today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

أ / ا

 

Has 3 forms, depending on the position in the word

 

 

1. Initial         أ / ا

 

2. Middle        أ / ا

 

3. Final     أ / ا / ى

 

 

 

 


 

 

أ \ ا

 

Does not connect to the left side

 

As in (فراولة)

 

Connect to the right side

 

As in (برتقــال)

 

 

 


ى

 

 

1. It is one of the أ / ا shapes

 

2. It always comes at the end of the word

 

3. It is called  (Alif maqsura)

 

As in (مـستشفــى)

 

 


 

أ \ ا

 

In the middle of the word while being connected

As in (برتقــال)

 

 

 


 

أ \ ا

 

In the middle of the word while not being connected

 

As in (فراولة)

 

 


 

أ \ ا

 

At the end of the word while being connected

 

As in (عصــا)

 

 


 

أ \ ا

 

At the end of the word while not being connected

 

As in (كاميرا)

 

 

 


ب

 

Has 3 forms, depending on the position in the word

 

1. Initial ( بـ )

2. Middle ( ـبـ )

3. Final while being connected ( ـب )

4. Final while not being connected ( ب )

 

 


 

 

بـ

 

At the beginning of the word

 

As in (بــحر)

 

 


 

ـبـ

 

In the middle of the word

 

As in (جــبــل)

 

 

 


 

ـب

 

At the end of the word while being connected

 

As in (عشــب)

 

 


 

 

ب

 

At the end of the word while not being connected

 

As in (أب)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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