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The letter ب

ب is called baa. It is pronounced like the ‘b’ in below. Like in English joined-up handwriting, the letter connects to the letters either side of it. For the rest of the letters we will present this information in a table:

Isolated form
ب
Letter name
baa = بَاء
Pronunciation
Like 'b' in English
Connector
Yes

Remember to read the Arabic text from the right to the left. 

Final
Connected only to the letter before it.
ب
أَغْلَب
most

Medial
Connected to the letter before and after it.
ـبـ
قَبِل
before

Initial
Connected only to the letter after it.
بـ
بَس
but

Isolated
Written alone or after a non-connecting letter.
ب
-

A little reassurance

Try not to worry at this early stage about the other letters included in the table above. At this stage they may just look like random lines/squiggles! For now, try to hear the ‘b’ sound in the recordings of the words and look for the dot below the line as the key distinguishing feature for letter ‘baa’.  

A common confusion for students is that the names ‘final’ or ‘isolated’ mean the position of a letter in a word. They may, but really the key issue to think of, is do they connect to the letters in front and behind them. Reread the definitions in the table above and keep this in mind.  

Memory Aid

In each case there is one dot below the line. Remember that for ب the dot is ‘below’ the line.