Monday, July 29, 2013

Today's Arabic letter is "hamza" ء

Today's Arabic letter is "hamza"  ء 

hamza is the 29th character in the Arabic Script.
She has no English language equivalent.
hamza is a "glottal stop"; like a catch in the throat.

Pronounce the phrase "Uh-Oh". Trying whispering it softly and saying it loudly. Do it several times until you can identify the glottal stop without forcing it.

"ya" ي was yesterday's letter.
"hamza"  ء is today's character.
Tomorrow we'll cover the 3 diacritic vowels. "Diacritics" are marks or symbols above or below the letters that signify the vowel sounds "ah", "ee" and "oo".

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