Introduction to Arabic Alphabet: 13

The Egyptian Arabic word for sugar is sukkar.

The Egyptian Arabic word for cinema is synema.

The Egyptian Arabic word for name is ism.

The Egyptian Arabic word for tea is shaay.

The Arabic letter S looks like a lowercase English w.

That may seems silly, until you realise that a Greek capital letter Sigma Σ (S) also looks like a W but rotated 90 degrees:


Russian also uses a W to represent S, like this:


And so does Hebrew:


In fact, all alphabets going back to Etruscan, use W for S.

This S is the "silly S", the normal English S in the word "silly", pronounced at the front of the mouth.

At the end of a word, or when it can’t connect to the next letter, S gets a flourishy tail, just like those lowercase i’s (particularly like the N).

What are these words?


  1. Two words, corresponding to the word "sugar" (but watch out for the double "k").
  2. This means "my name" in Arabic.
  3. This is an article and a word, synonym for "movie theatre". But watch out for the Arabic spelling.
  4. Watch out for the double "a".
  5. In the transcription, you will have a double "j".
  6. This means "my brother".
  7. This is two words, the name of an American corporation (and you have already encountered the second part of that name).
  8. This is the word for "market".
  9. Watch out for the double "l".
  10. The American spelling is "Ghana".
  11. This word is "manager" in Egyptian Arabic.
  12. This is the word for she, similar to the English "hey ya!"
  13. This is the Egyptian Arabic word for Egypt. 
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