Arabic Pronunciation and Transliteration

Arabic Pronunciation

Learning to pronounce Arabic words correctly can be one of the hardest parts of learning Arabic. The Arabic language has some sounds that your native language might not have.

Pronunciation letter
glottal stop ء
‘father’, ‘mad’ ا
boy’, ‘bed’ ب
toy’, ‘table’ ت
three’, ‘thin’ ث
Jordan’, ‘jam’ ج
Voiceless pharyngeal fricative, strong ‘h ح
Scottish ‘Loch‘, German ‘Bach خ
door’, ‘danger’ د
the’, ‘there’ ذ
A rolled ‘r ر
zoo’, ‘zone’ ز
street’, ‘snake’ س
shoe’, ‘share’ ش
emphatic ‘s ص
emphatic ‘d ض
emphatic ‘t ط
emphatic ‘z ظ
Guttural ‘a‘ sound ع
French ‘r‘ as in ‘Paris’ غ
film’, ‘four’ ف
Uvular stop, sounds like a deep ‘k ق
kite’, ‘kilo’ ك
light’, ‘lesson’ ل
man’, ‘mother’ م
night’, ‘never’ ن
house’, ‘home’ ه
want’, ‘water’ و
yes’, ‘year’ ي

Arabic Transliteration

Arabic transliteration used on ArabicLanguage.net. The transliteration used on this website is similar to the system used in the Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic.

transliteration Arabic letter
ء
ā ا
b ب
t ت
ث
j ج
ح
خ
d د
ذ
r ر
z ز
s س
š ش
ص
ض
ط
ظ
ع
غ
f ف
q ق
k ك
l ل
m م
n ن
h ه
w, ū و
y, ī ي