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Learn How to Read Arabic Sentences

The purpose of the 10 following reading lessons is to train letter recognition and reading. For this reason, these lessons do not contain any references to grammar.

Lesson 1

1st sentence

marHaban. 'ismii juuziif


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Means: Hello. My name is Joseph

marHaban = Hello, 'ismii = my name

Non-Arabic names, like "Joseph", are written phonetically in Arabic, adjusted to the nearest equivalent Arabic sound. In the case of "Joseph", the "e" is written with ii, but pronounced like "e". Since the number of Arabic vowels is very limited, the "closest-match"-principle has to be followed. In this case, the "e" in Joseph, doesn't have an equivalent in Arabic, and is therefore replaced by ii.

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