Introduction to Arabic Alphabet: 5

The Arabic word "ay" that you learnt means "what?" is written as a vowel followed by Y, just like the "ay" in the English word "day" or "say". The Arabic word "ay" meaning "what" looks like this:


A vertical stroke on the right for the letter Alif, followed on the left by the lowercase y lying on its back with two dots under it. "Ay". Shouldn’t be too hard to remember, since some people say "what" like that in English too.

The Egyptian Arabic word for April is Abryl, because Arabic has no letter P!

Which means the Egyptian Arabic words for the pizza are il bytza.

Speaking of lowercase letters that have been rotated, the letter R in Arabic looks like a lowercase r that has been rotated 180 degrees. So it will be upside down and pointing to the left. Imagine a lowercase letter "r" nailed to a sign by two nails and the top nail falls out so it swings around upside down. It can either start from the line and curve down then to the left below the line, or it can start a bit above the line and curve down and to the left still going below the line. Because this letter always ends well below the line, it can never connect to the letter after it. It is still connected to the letter before it. Here is what it looks like:


So now you should be able to work out this word with an "r" in it:


  1. It is one of the month names, very similar to that in English.
  2. This is something you can usually order by phone. It is spelled with a "b" instead of a "p" in the beginning.
  3. This is an article followed by a word introduced in this lesson. It has the double "aa".
  4. This is an article followed by a word for a type of food. Mind the double "a" in this word.
  5. This word denotes a financial institution.
  6. You have to write its meaning in English, and not its spelling in Arabic (in contrast to all of the other words we ask you to write).
  7. This is six letters long, the Egyptian word for "possible" or "allowed".
  8. This is three letters long.
  9. This is six letters long when transliterated.
  10. Two words, corresponding to the word "sugar" (but watch out for the double "k").
  11. This means "my name" in Arabic.
  12. This is an article and a word, synonym for "movie theatre". But watch out for the Arabic spelling.
  13. Watch out for the double "a".
  14. In the transcription, you will have a double "j".
  15. This means "my brother".
  16. This is two words, the name of an American corporation (and you have already encountered the second part of that name).
  17. This is the word for "market".
  18. Watch out for the double "l".
  19. The American spelling is "Ghana".
  20. This word is "manager" in Egyptian Arabic.
  21. This is the word for she, similar to the English "hey ya!"
  22. This is the Egyptian Arabic word for Egypt. 
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