Arabic Alphabet – How to Write Letters
Arabic Alphabet learning guides did not exist on computers when I began learning Arabic. I remember wishing for a clear guide showing how the strokes were made… so I created one. I hope that it is helpful for you. If it is, let me know. All animation work by my friend Zakaria Ounis in Algeria.
Arabic Alphabet Quick Facts
|Number of letters||28|
|Direction of writing||Right-to-left|
|Style||Cursive (letters joined)|
|Type of writing system||Abjad (only consonants are written)|
The Arabic Alphabet: Background
The Arabic alphabet is a writing system that evolved from the Aramaic script, and was in use by the 4th or 5th century C.E. It is the language of the Qur’an. Today, over 400 million people speak Arabic all over the world, making it the 6th most spoken language.
The Arabic Alphabet uses a cursive script, which means the letters are normally joined together when they are written or typed. Each letter has a different form for where it appears in the word: beginning, middle, or end.
Letters of the Arabic Alphabet
Each letter of the alphabet is written using a specific set of strokes. Click on any letter below to see how the letter is written, stroke by stroke. The letters are written in alphabetical order.
More information on the Arabic Alphabet
Wikipedia (has a good chart of all the letters)
Omniglot (a lot of good information)
MyEasyArabic.com (links to audio of letters)
Stanford University Arabic (shows vowels, various forms)
Arabic letters can take many different forms. This inscription from El-Fishawy Coffee Shop in Cairo has two different kinds of scripts in it. It is inscribed on wood inside the coffee shop. The shop has been in business since 1710.
Deciphering Handwritten Arabic. Handwritten Arabic can be tricky to read. This article goes into some detail about the difference between the printed and the handwritten script, and how one should go about learning to read Arabic written by hand.
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Excellent animations. Any possibility of having the letters while connected added to the page?