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The letter ش

Isolated form
ش
Letter name
shiin = شِين
Pronunciation
'sh'
Connector
Yes

It has the same shapes as س except for the three dots on top stacked into a little pyramid ش.

Final
Connected only to the letter before it.
ـش
مِش
not

Medial
Connected to the letter before and after it.
ـشـ
يشتِغِل
he works
؟؟؟

Initial
Connected only to the letter after it.
شـ
شُو
what

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

Memory Aid

Think of the ش as the teeth of a shark chasing after a shoal of fish, which also helps you remember the pronunciation, like the ‘sh’ from shark or shoal.

Exercise 1: Joining together letters

Please join up these individual letters to form words.

Again, remember to read from right to left in Arabic!

Example:  شَ + تَ + ا + ت = شَتَات = diaspora

  1. شَ + بَ + ا + ب
  2. نَ + شِ +ي + د
  3. شَ + ا + ي
  4. شَ + و + ب
  5. شَ + وَ + ا + رِ + ب

Answers

  1. شَ + بَ + ا + ب = شَبَاب = youth
  2. نَ + شِ +ي + د = نَشِيد = anthem 
  3. شَ + ا + ي = شَاي = tea
  4. شَ + و + ب = شَوب = hot (weather)
  5. شَ + وَ + ا + رِ + ب = شَوَارِب = moustache