Learning a Language has always been beneficial and feeds its learner with strength, as it helps improve his/her knowledge, and upgrade his/her memory and brain function. Each language that is spoken in this world adds value to its speaker. Now when talking about the Arabic language with its huge encyclopedia and rich dictionary with around twelve million words, imagine how big it can impact your brain as challenging as it might seem but it is easier than it sounds, especially if you go through the language letter by letter with the help of Kaleela.
A learner should know it is the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. It is called Alif (الف). In addition, the letter ا is one of the Arabic letters that can be either a vowel or a consonant in the Arabic language, which indicates that it is a multitasking letter in the Arabic language. Everything you need to know about the letter Alif will be demonstrated later on In this blog.
Get to know the letter Alif in Arabic
The shape of the letter Alif changes depending on where it appears in a word.
Whether it comes at the beginning of the word (initial), middle of the word
(medial), or ending
of the word (final). But firstly, a person should know that when it is standing
alone, it is written like this: ا.
To write it, all you need to do is draw a straight line from top to bottom. Let
us get to know more about the shapes of the letter Alif with some examples.
1. Initial: When it comes at the beginning of a word
2. Medial: When it comes in the middle of a word
Here we have two cases:
is not connected. As in:
is connected to the right side. As in:
3. Final: When it comes at the end of a word
Here we have three cases:
end of the word while being connected:
end of the word while not being connected:
the end of a word while being connected or disconnected. This is a unique shape
of the letter Alif and it is called Alif maqsura. And it looks like this: ى
1) At the end of the word while being connected. As in:
2) At the end of the word while not being connected. As in:
The letter ا might be either a consonant or a vowel. An important symbol you should know is Hamza "ء." When you draw it, you need to make a small inverted 2 on top of the Alif. Let us look at how to differentiate between the consonant Alif and the vowel Alif.
Consonant: When أ comes with the mark Hamza "ء"
on top. It sounds like a short “a” as in apple. Let us see how it is in Arabic.
Vowel: When ا at the end of the word or in
the middle without the mark Hamza "ء"
on top. And it sounds like a long “aa” as in fat. Let us see how it is in
That was it for the letter Alif, Kaleela provides its subscribers with more practices on both the website and the application and covers everything you need to know about the letter Alif. Also, you can have the Arabic language listed and broken down into lessons and topics to help you go through the language easily and step by step. At Kaleela, we believe in constructing and repeating methodology so that the learner gets all the knowledge he asks for. Starting from the basics of Arabic which are the Alphabet, all the way to guide you to master the language. In a positive and fun way. Download Kaleela and learn Arabic the right way. https://kaleela.page.link/bgs