Here you are, making progress in learning the Arabic language. Now that you are in the 10th letter of the Arabic alphabet and almost halfway finishing the very basics of the Arabic language which is the Arabic alphabet, which means you are dedicated and willing to learn more. Moving on to another letter in the Arabic Alphabet. Always remember that knowing the letters of the Arabic letters is a big step towards learning the Arabic language easily and appropriately. It gives the learner all that is needed to get to advanced Arabic.

 Here we are moving on to the next letter in the Arabic Alphabet in this blog, we will present a new letter in the Arabic alphabet: Raa’ in the Arabic language. Raa’ is equivalent to the letter R in English but with more emphasis. Raa’ is easy to pronounce and detect because it’s close in pronunciation to the English letter R. To pronounce it properly, you just need to roll your tongue while producing the sound. Also, the letter Raa’ only functions as a consonant letter. This blog will have all you need to understand the letter Raa’.

Get to know the letter Raa’ in Arabic

Before we start with the shapes of the letter Raa’, we need to demonstrate an important note that states that the letter Raa’ can only be connected from the right side. As shown below in the table. Some Arabic letters can only be connected from the right side (1st group). The second group (2nd group) shows letters that can be connected from both sides.

1st group: 

Connected from the right side


2nd group: 

Connected from both sides


The letter Raa’ falls in the first group. Raa’ connects itself from the right side only. So, let us get to know the letter Raa’ and give some Arabic words with Raa’ after the video.

As shown in the video, this is the shape of the letter Raa’ standing alone. The form of the letter Raa’ 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 Raa’ is easy to write and it looks like a crescent moon. If it is standing alone and it looks like this “ر.” As in: (رأس) which means Head. Now, let us get to know the different shapes of the letter Raa’ and give some Arabic words with Raa’.

Raa’ shapes

The letter Raa’ has 2 forms, depending on its position in the word

 Initial (ر): When it comes at the beginning of a word: 

As in:           رأس/raʼs/     which means Head

Medial: 1) While being connected (ـر): 

As in:     /   فراولة faraawilah/     which means Strawberries

                            2) While not being connected (ر):

     As in:           مدرسة/madrasah/     which means School

1) Final while being connected (ـر):

     As in:         قمر      /qamar/   which means Moon

 2) Final while not being connected (ذ):

   As in:            جزر         /jazar/    which means Carrots

To wrap up






              رأس          /raʼs/


     فراولة     /faraawilah/  

           مدرسة     /madrasah/  


        قمر  /qamar/       

  جزر     /jazar/      


That was it for the letter Raa’; you can also watch the video about the letter Raa’ on our YouTube channel and listen to how the letter Raa’ 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.