Learning Arabic reading skills is an important starting point to learn Arabic Language. Therefore, this course focuses on building the skills to read any Arabic word. Specifically, it teaches the alphabet, including learning the name, sound, and shapes of each letter. In addition, the course explains the diacritics that guide the pronunciation of words. It also introduces major prefixes and suffixes that are attached to Arabic words. After you complete this course, you will be able to recognize the letters of any word and sound it out. This is the first step to read Arabic script.
The course consists of four parts to help you learn Arabic reading. These parts are:
- Arabic Letters
- Arabic diacritics (known as harakaat or tashkeel)
- simple Arabic prefixes and suffixes
- sounding out words.
Learn Arabic Alphabet
This part includes an introduction to letters of the Arabic alphabet for the absolute beginners. Initially, it introduces the Alphabet characters in English letters, and it shows the letter shapes and their appearance in actual words, helping you learn many Arabic words along the way.
Learn Arabic Diacritics
Diacritics are characters that apply to words to guide their pronnciation. They include dammah, kasrah and fat7ah (fat-hah) which are short vowels. They also include sukoon which indicates no vowel at the letter. In addition, they also include shaddah, which means that the sound of the letter is doubled.
This part explains Arabic diacritics, and how they combine with Arabic letters to make the sounds of the language. It also includes examples for using these diacritics in Arabic words.
Learn Arabic Prefixes and Suffixes
Now you are able to identify the letters that make up any Arabic word. In this part, you will earn simple prefixes and suffixes which very frequently attach to Arabic words.
Sounding out Arabic Words
Now that we know the letters and diacritics, we can start to “sound out” any words. Simply, if you see any Arabic word, you will recognize its pronunciation. This will help you in exercises such as identifying foreign names written in Arabic letters. This is the first step into Arabic reading.