October 20, 2019 53

Arabic letters you MUST get right. Learn the difference.

Arabic letters you MUST get right. Learn the difference.

good afternoon good evening and welcome
to this Arabic lesson today we’re going to learn about different Arabic letters
which in the English language would be very very similar if not the same but in
the Arabic language have a very different sound to them and a different
look as well different letters we’re going to focus on three main letters
which are different in Arabic within the same kind of general sound and we’re
going to go through each one and look at how they are different okay I’m coming
to you today from Dubai I’m Arabic Mike I teach Arabic on YouTube I make all
sorts of videos you can subscribe down underneath if you want more of these
videos okay so let’s pick the first letter so the first letter we’re going
to look at is done tur comes in two forms tur which looks like this which is
at earth sound and then we’ve got tah-tah which looks like this now the
difference between these two letters is in the position of the mouth that they
come from so Tata comes from the front of the mouth ta ta ta like if you
were saying Terry or Timmy or tete tete tete to tinker something like that at
the front of the mouth you would say turn now that’s that’s this one here
with the two dots like a boat now the top tot looks totally different
looks like this and that that comes from further back in the mouth so top top top
top now if you were to say a word in English like tall tall or Tom maybe Tom
liked the name Tom you wouldn’t say tum-tum-tummy but Tom look at how my
mouth changes shape tom tom tom tom tom tom tom tom
so my mouth is going from here to there Tom another example of two letters which
in English are the same but in Arabic and is death so an Arabic del looks like
this look at the shape my mouth duh duh duh but they also have a dot da da now
this Arabic letter da is like in English should be a death but look at the shape
of my mouth duh da duh da duh da next up we have a scene now the s in English is
the same we use the same letter always looks like this it always looks like an
S s-sir in Arabic there are two kinds of s’s one is a Sur scène I’m gonna say
guess what it’s not a sir but it’s a song so you can have silly don’t be
silly look at the shape of my mouth don’t be
silly silly silly or you can say can you pass me the salt look at the shape of a
mouth silly salt silly salt silly salt silly salt two different shapes of mouth
same letter that’s the S we’ve done the turf top the death thought we’ve done
the sir and saw now there’s also other and the vah so exactly the same
application dere is a soft dirt dirt looks like this Derr Derr Derr del
there’s also a thought which is exactly the same change of shape in the mouth
you go from a death to a dot and you just change that shape of your mouth
practice saying it practice it over and over again
but when you are learning out but just be aware that these letters are
different you cannot get confused between them because an hour to an
Arabic speaker they’re like a totally totally different sound and they’ll
really really tell the difference so when you’re learning the alphabet don’t
just think oh oh ah ha they’re all the same
really really try hard to distinguish in the way you pronounce them between the
two because it will make a whole lot of difference how people understand you and
how they respond to your arabic speaking okay i’m arabic Mike I’m in Dubai today
and thank you for coming here to share this video with me hope you’ve learned
something you can see other videos from my left hand to my right and you can
subscribe right there hope see you all again soon all the best
and ma3as-salaama

53 Replies to “Arabic letters you MUST get right. Learn the difference.”

  • Mike Still says:

    Hey do me a favour and comment below whether you watch Arabic Mike for:
    1) Arabic lessons or
    2) Vlogs and other stuff
    THANKS! ?

  • Iikin 5 says:

    Keep up bro❤️?

  • Abdulaziz Khattab says:

    مرحبا يا مايك.. تقوم بعمل رائع لكن ط و ص و ض بحاجة لمزيد من التدريب.

  • K Naimah says:

    Great video and you are spot on about these sounds.

  • hannah zain says:

    اشاهد قانتك لدراسة العربية وكذلك استطيع تحسين اللغة الانجليزية من خلال الاستماع اليك☺ عمل جيد??

  • Hazoki Chan says:

    Since my language is Arabic, I watches for vlogs but sometimes I go through the Arabic lessons ? !

  • Ashraf Khan says:

    For Arabic

  • smoothfscriminal says:

    Very nice examples… I might use to teach Arabic here in Newcastle

  • wecanfly777 says:

    thanks!  this video is so well timed as I'm learning the alphabet this week and guess what, I am getting stuck on these very letters.  Gonna watch this a few times to help.  So, yeah, Im here for your arabic lessons – keep 'em up!


  • Abaaadeen says:

    I'm here for the vlogs etc Mike… It was your Kuwait videos that got me watching your channel. I lived in Fahaheel for a few months back in 1986 as a youngster. More vlog style videos would be great, really enjoy your content.

  • Lion Heart says:

    I am from Syria , you are really pronouncing those letters so good , the way you are teaching them Arabic is valuable and they should understand that what you do is so valuable and proffesional , I mean the letter's sound outputs from mouth , those are good examples that you have provided

  • Um Mo says:

    Arabic is my first language. So I subscribed to watch vlogs.

  • Imran says:

    Thank you!! I've been looking for something like this for ages.

    Definitely will subscribe!

  • Rooky Chomp says:

    Are coming back to bsk or nah

  • Bibi Mhd says:

    Go on!

  • يوسف G77X says:

    مايك متى ستعود الى الكويت؟ وهل اعجبتك ؟

  • Bashar says:

    Thanks for the lesson but I would still pronounce them differently it's like QAF and Kaf…which is an analogy I used for me website also related to Arabic.

  • Court R says:

    Arabic lessons 🙂

  • Conako says:

    ض sound comes from the edge of your tongue.

  • ABDUO9 says:

    1 + 2 .. ☺

  • Wanderlust says:

    I love how you're casually vlogging an Arabic Lesson in front of the Atlantis,
    & your pronunciation is on point!

  • Elegant says:

    Can you say: د & ض & ظ ?

  • Ahmed Abulyazeed Moussa says:

    We love you Mike ⚘

  • Eman Saleh says:

    MashaAllah you are doing great effort in both learning and teaching . I watched couple of your Arabic lessons specially the ones about certain challenging letters. I just want you to focus more on the "proper articulation point" of each of the Arabic letters. If you did this, I expect that your pronunciation will be just great. Specially that you do teach Arabic, at least through your videos.

    For example, ت is, as you said , articulated from the front of the mouth ( precisely from the tip of the tongue with the gum line of the upper front teeth).

    And ط actually is also articulated from the same articulation point of ت . 😀

    What makes the difference between the pronunciation of the 2 letters is not the articulation point ( the place from which it is pronounced ) but certain characteristics that each letter has.

    We can say that ت is a (light) letter while ط is a (heavy) letter.
    And the concept of heaviness is related to the position of the back of the tongue. With heavy letters ( ص – ض – ط – ظ – ق) , and in certain cases ( غ – خ), the back of the tongue is raised. Unlike in light letters where the back of the tongue is not that raised.

    The other distinguish characteristic that ط has is that when you pronounce ط your tongue, in addition to it being raised from the back, is also kind of raised from the sides and front but down from the middle ( like a spoon shape ). This causes the sound to be trapped between the tongue and the roof of the moth, which gives ط even more heavy fat sound.

    On the other hand, ت doesn't have these 2 characteristics, it has the opposite weak characteristics. And so it sounds light.

    If you learned more about these issues ( proper points of articulation & characteristics of letters ) , it will improve your pronunciation so much inshaAllah 🙂

    By the way, I watch some of your videos searching for ways of introducing the Arabic sounds that don't exist in English to non- Arabic speakers. I like to see how non-Arabic speakers got to recognize these letters like ح – ع .

    You can learn about the proper articulation points from here

    ( just press next to go to the next page).

    And you can learn about the characteristics of letters from here http://www.abouttajweed.com/index.php/tajweed-rules/52-the-characteristics-of-the-arabic-letters/49-the-characteristics-of-the-letters-part-1

    keep it up

  • آبو سعد Fahad305kw says:

    من يوم شفت الممشى دريت انه عند فندق اتلانتس ?

  • Noor Abdo says:

    amazing explanation !! very helpful

  • Sweet Books says:

    أتمنى لك التوفيق مايك، أنت إنسان رائع ومؤدب

  • Ertur Temirbaev says:

    Happy new year

  • Ertur Temirbaev says:

    all the best in 2018

  • Amthal Sulaimān says:

    Can you say this:

    أبجد هوّز حطّي كلمن سعفص قرشت ثخذ ضظغ
    It's The Abjad arrangement or ordering of the letters الترتيب الأبجدي
    Of course there is also the Hija'i ordering
    الترتيب الهجائي:
    أ ب ت ث ج ح خ د ذ ر ز س ش ص ض ط ظ ع غ ف ق ك ل م ن ه و ي

  • Ekaterina Koscheeva says:

    oh thanks god somebody explained me these damn sounds which I couldn't get every time, thanks a lot, you are my lifesaver

  • thekid says:

    Your pronunciations need a bit more work. You didn't get most of them spot on

  • sfOOn_55 •` says:

    You pronounced the letter "ض" very well even though it is a difficult letter. You'r awesome!

  • AJ Aranki says:

    ط has no t sound in it

  • izu mi says:

    أنت شخص رائع يا مايك ، شرحك مفيد .
    أتمنى لك التوفيق ?

  • Mürshed badla says:

    Some how am learning English spelling and speaking from u haha in Syrian Arabic speakers

  • A. D. says:

    you are amazing
    a note that rarely students who learn arabic are told. The letter "R" "ر" is different in both languages.
    The arabic "R" is pronounced like in Spanish, where the tongue touches the front of the mouth

  • A. D. says:

    I like to watch languages lessons to see a different perspective from a non native speaker

  • Mike Still says:

    If you'd like to support my channel you can do:

    On Patreon ? https://www.patreon.com/arabicmike

    Or via PayPal ? https://www.paypal.me/arabicmike

    Your support is hugely appreciated + it enables me to make more videos.

  • Saz_xx Al_jaoud says:

    Do not mistake a letter toط pronounce your tongue

  • Gaemer Elf says:

    The way to say ط is to put only the very tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth right behind your teeth then drop your jaw like you’re saying a t. The difference is what part of the tongue touches the roof of the mouth (for a t it’s the tip and a little of what’s behind the tip.)

  • Hold the door says:

    In other words they are pharyngealized.

  • Ertur Temirbaev says:

    thank you for your classes

  • Ioannis Polemarkhos says:

    It would be nice if you have a word that's just made up comprised of the initial "regular" consonant, and the final "rounded" version of that consonant so we could tell the difference.

  • Popzain 30 says:

    Arabic is Simple Language to Use with English also it very Similar

  • Popzain 30 says:

    Arabic Teacher from Britain

  • Popzain 30 says:

    من قطر و اﻹمارات

  • Rawad Rabbat says:

    You should start your video with arabic greeting !! Asalam alykum or sabah elkeer / masaa elkeer ….

  • Hamoty IQ says:

    That was perfect bro!! Except the ط sound…Although u said it in a way that makes any arabic speaker tell the difference between it and between the ت sound… 🙂

  • PC-ONE says:

    To pronounce the "TT" (ط) correctly you have to use the whole surface of your tongue. "T" only the end of your tongue is enough. This one you pronouced it right.

  • PC-ONE says:

    The word "Tall" comes from an arabic world TAWIL "طويل"

  • ahmed alaa says:

    you're awesome. How can we thank you?

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