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The letter ص

Isolated form
ص
Letter name
Saad = صَاد
Pronunciation
It is pronounced like ‘s’ but with the emphatic change in pronunciation. (see video below)
Connector
Yes

And now with the short vowels:

Final
Connected only to the letter before it.
ـص
شَخَص
person

Medial
Connected to the letter before and after it.
ـصـ
مَصَاري
money

Initial
Connected only to the letter before it.
صـ
صَار
it happened

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

ص also has a new shape to learn.

Exercise 1: Distinguishing between similar sounds

Listen to the sounds and decide if you are hearing the س sound which is similar to English from the ص sound which is distinct to Arabic.

Audio coming soon!

Number
س
ص
1.
سَد
صَد
2.
سُوس
صُوص
3.
سَبْ
صَبْ
4.
سَار
صَار
5.
سام
صام

Exercise 2: Joining together letters

Please join up these individual letters to form words.

Example: صَ + بِ + ي = صَبِي =  young man

  1. صُ + و + رَ + ة
  2. فَ + صْ + ل 
  3. صَ + ن + و + بَ + ر 
  4. بَ + صَ  + ل
  5. صَ + يْ + دَ + لِ + يّ + ة 
  6. صَ + ا + بُ + و + ن
  7. صَ + يْ + ف

Answers

  1. صُ + و + رَ + ة = صُورَة = Photo
  2. فَ + صْ + ل = فَصْل = Season 
  3. صَ + ن + و + بَ + ر = صَنوبَر = Pine nuts
  4. بَ + صَ  + ل = بَصَل = Onion
  5. صَ + يْ + دَ + لِ + يّ + ة = صَيْدَلِيّة = Pharmacy
  6. صَ + ا + بُ + و + ن = صَابُون = Soap
  7. صَ + يْ + ف = صَيْف = Summer

Exercise 3: Dictation

Watch to the video, listen to the word, pause, attempt to write the answer, then compare what you wrote with the written answer.

This is the hardest type of exercise here. Don’t agonise if you can’t do this, move quickly on to the answers. There are sometimes several sounds for the same letter like ‘a’ which has َ  and ا and ة. So just give it your best shot! Or if it is too much, move on!

Video coming soon…