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The letter خ

Isolated form
خ
Letter name
khaa = خَاء
Pronunciation
A new sound like the Scottish ‘ch’ in loch, or the ‘ch’ in the German ‘macht’ (see video below).
Connector
Yes

It is pronounced like the Scottish ‘ch’ in loch, or the ‘ch’ in the German ‘macht’. This delightful sound is somewhat like when you force out phlegm. When you lift the back of the tongue, you end up with a raspy sound.  

And now with the short vowels:

It is written like the letter ج that we learnt above, except that here, the dot is on top!

Final
Connected only to the letter before it.
ـخ
تَارِيخ
history

Medial
Connected to the letter before and after it.
ـخـ
شَخَص
person

Initial
Connected only to the letter after it.
خـ
خَرِيطَة
map

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

Exercise 2: Joining together letters

Please join up these individual letters to form words.

Example:  خَ + جَ + ل = خَجَل = Shyness

  1. خَ + بِ + ي + ر
  2. خَ + ا + ي + ف
  3. خِ + لَ + ا + ل
  4. م + خْ + تَ + ل + ف 
  5. خَ + طَ + ر

Answers

  1. خَ + بِ + ي + ر = خَبِير = Expert
  2. خَ + ا + ي + ف = خَايف = Scared
  3. خِ + لَ + ا + ل = خِلَال = During
  4. م + خْ + تَ + ل + ف = مخْتَلف = Different 
  5. خَ + طَ + ر = خَطَر = Danger