long vowel marks in arabic

Introduction

In this 4th lesson to learn the Arabic alphabet for free, we will see that the Arabic language words use long vowel marks. We have previously seen short vowels and tanween in Arabic.

Long vowel marks represent the following sounds

 

  • ALIF AL-MADD: “A” long sound.
  • WAW AL-MADD: “OO” long sound.
  • YA AL-MADD: “EE” long sound.

 

We see that the long vowel marks are in fact similar to the short vowels sound, but it is lengthened during pronunciation. Thus, they are formed from three letters: Alif, Waw, and Ya.

Alif

Ya

Waw

ا

ي

و

aa

ee

oo

IMPORTANT NOTE: The long vowels have the same writing properties (start, middle, end; attachment or not) as the following letters:

 

ي و أ

 

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Summary table of long vowels marks for each letter of the Arabic alphabet

This Arabic lesson is now completed. The next lesson will be insha’Allah about the Sukoon – the absence of a vowel in Arabic.

 

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