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The letter ل

Isolated form
ل
Letter name
laam = لَّام
Pronunciation
Like the letter 'l'
Connector
Yes
Final
Connected only to the letter before it.
ـل
كِل
all

Medial
Connected to the letter before and after it.
ـلـ
عَلَى
at

Initial
Connected only to the letter after it.
لـ
لَوْ
second

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

Memory Aid

Poor old ل looks like a confused and curvy back-to-front capital L.

Exercise 1: Picking out letters from words

Please copy the text below and paste it into a word processor or note-taking app. Then bold the examples of the letter ل or if you want, print out the text and circle them with a pen a paper. You will not understand most of Hussein’s intro, the idea is just to pick out letters from words!

If your on your mobile you may want to skip this one.

If this is unclear see the opening of the answer video below [Coming soon!].  

حسين: مرحبا !

أنا اسمي حسين وأنا من سوريا من حلب

بس هلق أنا ساكن ب لبنان ب طرابلس

عمري تنين وتلاتين سنة ومتزوج ومرتي من بريطانيا

درست المعلوماتية الإدارية وكمان درست دبلومة ب الجامعة الإمريطيا ب التعليم

بحكي انجليزي وبحكي عربي

بشتغل أستاذ لغة العربية وأحياناً بشتغل مترجم مع صحفيين

بالتوفيق !

Exercise 2: Joining together letters

Please join up these individual letters to form words.

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

Example:  نِتُتِ =نِ + تُ + تِ

  1. لَ + بَ + ن
  2. ل + ا + ب + ت + و + ب
  3. لَ + ي + ث
  4. وَ + لَ + د
  5. أَ + لْ + وَ + ا + ن 

Answers

  1. لَ + بَ + ن + لَبَن = yogurt 
  2. ل + ا + ب + ت + و + ب = لابتوب = laptop
  3. لَ + ي + ث = لَيث =  cub
  4. وَ + لَ + د = وَلَد = boy
  5. أَ + لْ + وَ + ا + ن = أَلْوَان = colours