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The letter و

Isolated form
و
Letter name
waaw = وَاو
Pronunciation
Longer 'oo' sound or 'w'
Connector
No

It can be a little tricky as can be pronounced as ‘w’ as a consonant (as in the vidoe above), or of a ‘oo’ as a vowel, depending on context:

Pronunciation
Example
1. ‘w’ like wood
وَين
where

2. ‘oo’ like moo
شْو
what

و is a non-connector like ا, meaning that it connects on the right but not to any letters on the left. It has two shapes:

Final
Connected only to the letter before it.
ـو
حْلو
beautiful

Medial
-
-
-
Initial
-
-
-
Isolated
Written alone or after a non-connecting letter.
و
وَاحَد
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Memory Aid

Also, the sound you make with your mouth is rounded like the shape of و when you say wow in amazement!

Exercise 1: Joining together letters

Please join up these individual letters to form words. Not all words have a meaning, they are for practice forming letters.

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

Example:  تُتِ = تُ + تِ

  1. تُ + و + ت
  2. وَ + ا + وَ + ا
  3. أَ + ب + وَ + ا + ب
  4. ت + و + ت + و
  5. ب + و + ب + و

Answers

  1. َتُ + و + ت = تُوت = Blueberry
  2. وَ + ا + وَ + ا = وَاوَا
  3. أَ + ب + وَ + ا + ب = أَبوَاب = Doors 
  4. ت + و + ت + و = توتو
  5. ب + و + ب + و = بوبو