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Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #01شَمْس الصّيف وشَمْس الشِّتاء
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #02لَحْم الحَمام حَلال ولَحْم الحِمار حَرام
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #03صَفْحة سَبْعَة صَعْبة
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #04دَجاجَة جارْنا عَلى جِدار دارْنا
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #05خيط حَرير على حيط خالتي أمّ خَليل
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #06هذا المِشْمِش مشْ مِنْ مِشْمِشِتْنا
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #07مِشْمِشْنا مشْ مِشْمِشْكُم ومِشْمِشْكُم مشْ مِشْمِشْنا،
لماّ مَشْمَش مِشْمِشْكُم، ما كان مَشْمَش مِشْمِشْنا
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #08قَفص قَصب في قَفص خَشَب
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #09خشَبات الحبْس خمس خشَبات وَخشبة
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #10خوخ الشّـيخ خوش خوخ
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #11قَميص شَريف نَشَف
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #12شَرِبْت بيبْسي وَأَكَلْت شِبْسي
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #13قَفَصْ بَصَلْ ومَصِّيتْ قَفَص قَـصَب
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #14طَبَخْنا في مَطْبَخْكُم طَبْخِتْنا
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #15جدار دار طين دارْنا أكْبَر مِنْ جدار دار طين جارْنا
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #16جَوْ جَدَّه زَيْ جَوْ جِيزان
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #17خَميس الخَبّاز خَبَزْ خَمْس خُبْزات
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #18أَلَمٌ أَلَمَّ أَلَمْ أُلِمَّ بِدَائِهِ إِنْ أنَّ آنٌّ آنَ آنُ أَوَانِهِ
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #19لَم أَجِد حَلّ يَحـُلُّ مَحَلّ الحَلّ الحالي لحالتي الحالية
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #20روحي وروحك ياروحي روحين بروح , مترح متروح روحك روحی بتروح


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A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

1Letter Bā’ (ب)“Baa, Baa black sheep, Have you any wool?
2Letter Tā’ (ت)“The Arabic alphabet is so friendly… “
3Letter Jīm (ج)“If you want to get in shape… “
4Letter Dāl (د)“I’m a children’s author …”
5Letter Rā’ (ر)“The animals went in two by two …”
6Letter Sīn (س)“Haven’t seen you in while …”
7Letter Sīn (س)“Have you seen the crime scene?
8Letter Shīn (ش)“He is an American actor….
9Letter Shīn (ش)“I’m Charlie ___ and the only thing I’m addicted to …”
10Letter Sād (ص)“Sod is another synonym for turf
11Letter ʿayn (ع)“Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
12Letter Ghayn (غ)“As the saying goes : No pain, no gain
13Letter Rā’ (غ)“There’s a well-known river in Europe …”
14Letter Kāf (ك)A baby cow is called a calf
15Letter Lām (ل)“Mary had a little lamb …
16Letter Mīm (م)“I was a meme like the letter before the Internet!”
17Letter Mīm (م)“Arabic has all the best memes
18Letter Nūn (ن)“I like to take my afternoon naps
19Letter Wāw (و)“When I saw you, I was like wow!

Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource


The following is a comprehensive set of pronunciation drills of similar-sounding Arabic letters which highlight the contrast between strong/emphatic and light/non-emphatic sounds in Arabic. The examples in these drills are arranged in pairs and might sound very similar in pronunciation. Notice the different meanings of these words in the numbered “Key to Vocabulary ” without the need to memorise them at this stage.

How to use this resource?

  1. Practice reading these words aloud multiple times
  2. Pay close attention to the subtle difference in pronunciation between the letters/sounds in the right vs. the left column.
  3. Pair up with a study partner or a native speaker and practise reading the words together.
  4. Note down which sounds you are finding difficult and which ones require more practice. Discuss them with your teacher.


 Emphatic vs. Non-Emphatic Sounds
set #01Similar-Sounding Letters (أ vs. ع)
set #02Similar-Sounding Letters (ت vs. ط)
set #03Similar-Sounding Letters ( ث vs. س)
set #04Similar-Sounding Letters ( ث vs. ص)
set #05Similar-Sounding Letters ( ح vs. ه)
set #06Similar-Sounding Letters ( ح vs. ع)
set #07Similar-Sounding Letters ( خ vs. غ)
set #08Similar-Sounding Letters ( د vs. ض)
set #09Similar-Sounding Letters ( ذ vs. ظ)
set #10Similar-Sounding Letters ( ذ vs. ز)
set #11Similar-Sounding Letters ( ز vs. ظ )
set #12Similar-Sounding Letters ( ز vs. س )
set #13Similar-Sounding Letters ( س vs.ص)
set #14Similar-Sounding Letters ( ك vs. ق)
 Coming Soon
 Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Alif “أ”
Set #15Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Alif (ا vs. أ)
Set #16Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Alif (آ vs. أ)
 Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Waaw “و”
Set #17Similar Sounding Letters: Consonant و vs. Vowel و
 Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Yaa’ “ي”
Set #18Similar Sounding Letters: Consonant ي vs. Vowel ي
Set #19Similar Sounding Letters: Double يّ vs. Single ي
 Short vs. Long Vowels
Set #20Short vs. Long Vowels (Fatha vs. Alif.)
Set #21Short vs. Long Vowels (Kasra vs. Yaa’)
Set #22Short vs. Long Vowels (Damma vs, Waaw)
 Short Single vs. Double Consonant
Set #23Similar Sounding Consonants: Single vs. Double

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Teach Yourself: Read & Write Arabic Script (2011)

  • Publication Date: 30 Sept. 2011
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself Series, John Murray/Hodder Education
  • Language: English, Arabic
  • Paperback : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 144410019X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1444100198
  • Dimensions : 13.02 x 1.91 x 19.69 cm
  • Get it from → Amazon UK | Amazon US | Google Books 

Book Description

Read and write Arabic script is a clear step-by-step guide to the written language, with plenty of examples from real-life texts to show how it works in context and lots of exercises to reinforce your learning.


  • Introduction
  • Meet the author
  • How to read & write Arabic? Essential tips & hints
    • Arabic transliteration & pronunciation guide
    • Arabic script & alphabet
    • Arabic vowels & pronunciation symbols
    • Short vowels
    • Long vowels
    • Supplementary vowels
    • Summary Table: Arabic vowels & phonetic symbols
  • Arabic Consonants
    • Unit 1 Letter group no. 1 ء ا ل
    • Unit 2 Letter group no. 2 ب ت ث ن ي
    • Unit 3 Letter group no. 3 م ه ة ك
    • Unit 4 Letter group no. 4 د ذ
    • Unit 5 Letter group no. 5 ر ز و
    • Unit 6 Letter group no. 6 ج ح خ
    • Unit 7 Letter group no. 7 س ش
    • Unit 8 Letter group no. 8 ص ض ط ظ
    • Unit 9 Letter group no. 9 ع غ
    • Unit 10 Letter group no. 10 ق ف

Reading Practice

  • Arabic Alphabet with Short Vowels
  • Short Vowels
  • Long Vowels 
  • Supplementary Letters 
  • Arabic Diphthongs
  • Sun & Moon Letters
  • Arabic Tongue Twisters

Beyond Letters & Sounds

  • Unit 11    Arabic calligraphy & script styles
  • Unit 12    Arabic numerals
  • Unit 13    Arabic alphabet as numerals
  • Unit 14    Arabic handwriting
  • Unit 15    Arabic transcription
  • Unit 16    Arabic ligatures & letter combinations
  • Unit 17    Western letters in Arabic style
  • Unit 18    Arabic abbreviations
  • Unit 19 Arabic punctuation           
  • Unit 20    Arabic root word system
  • Appendices
    • Arabic Script
    • Arabic Alphabet in a Nutshell  
    • Arabic Alphabet: In isolated and connected forms
    • Arabic Alphabet: Grouped by Similar Shapes
    • Arabic Sounds 
    • Arabic Sounds: Familiar to English Speakers
    • Arabic Sounds: Unfamiliar to English Speakers
  • Vocabulary Index
    • Arabic Numerals
    • Colours
    • Days of the Week 
    • Months of the Year
    • Time Vocabulary
    • Family
    • Food & Drink 
    • Arab Countries
    • Basic Adjectives 
    • Public Signs & Notices
    • Foreign Words 
    • Common Arabic Names
    • Arabic Loanwords in English
    • Spoken Arabic
  • Similar Sounding Letters
  • Survival Expressions
  • Arabic Homonyms, Homophones & Homographs 


  • Question Words
  • Prepositions 
  • Personal Pronouns
  • Object Pronouns 
  • Subject Pronouns

Key to exercises