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The letter ض

Isolated form
ض
Letter name
Daad = ضَاد
Pronunciation
It is pronounced like ‘d’ 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.
ـض
بَعْض
some

Medial
Connected to the letter before and after it.
ـضـ
بَعِد الضٌّهُر
afternoon

Initial
Connected only to the letter after it.
ضـ
فَاضِي
free/empty

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

Exercise 1: Distinguishing between similar sounds

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

Coming soon!

Number
د
ض
1.
دَم
ضَم
2.
دَب
ضَب
3.
دَرس
ضَرس
4.
دَرب
ضَرب
5.
دَرَر
ضَرَر

Exercise 2: Joining together letters

Please join up these individual letters to form words.

Example: بَ + ي + ض = بَيض = eggs

  1. أَ + رْ + ض
  2. ضَ + ي + ف 
  3. مَ + رِ + ي + ض 
  4. ضَ + مِ + ي + ر 
  5. ضَ + رِ + ي + ب + ة 
  6. ضَ + رُ + و + رِ + ي

Answers

  1. أَ + رْ + ض = أَرْض = land
  2. ضَ + ي + ف = ضَيف = Guest
  3. مَ + رِ + ي + ض = مَرِيض = Sick
  4. ضَ + مِ + ي + ر = ضَمِير = Conscience / pronoun
  5. ضَ + رِ + ي + ب + ة = ضَرِيبة = Tax
  6. ضَ + رُ + و + رِ + ي = ضَرُورِي = Necessary

Exercise 3: Dictation

Please listen to the recording below and write the follwing words with the correct short vowel marking above it.

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!

[Recording coming coon!]

Answers

  1. مَرِيض = Sick
  2. مَرَض = illness 
  3. ضَار= Harmful 
  4. ضَرَرْ = Damage
  5. ضيف = a guest
  6. نَضّارة = Glasses 
  7. نِضَال = a struggle

Exercise 4: Listening bingo

The idea of the the game is circle the three sounds you will hear in the recording.

If you get it correct you will be able to draw a line through the three answers from one side to the other like Bingo!

Note the table will display as list on the mobile or at smaller sizes.

The answers will be in the video below [coming soon!]

بَصَل
مَرِيض
ضَرُورِي
سكّر
رَاس
صَابُون
بَيض
ضيف
رمّان

Answers

  1. بَصَل = onion
  2. سكَّر = sugar
  3. بَيض = eggs