I was asked to help with learning to write Arabic some time ago. After giving the matter some thought, I realized that while videos are good at providing instruction, there is no way to address all the problems a beginner might have - or answer all the questions they might ask. In an effort to solve this problem I decided to do a series of short videos that teach how to write a few letters each and couple that with feedback on this forum.
Here is what I believe will be a workable process:
1. I will upload a sample of the handwritten alphabet on one page.
2. I will upload (link) lessons in video format from time to time.
3. People who wish to learn can practice each lesson on their own and then upload a scan of their work when they are satisfied for feedback.
4. I will provide feedback on the scans uploaded by each person and answer all questions.
Anyone can start at any time - there can be multiple people at various steps, no problem.
I would appreciate feedback on the instructions and videos - I will try my best to improve any shortcomings.
So, without further ado, here is LESSON No. 1:
The Arabic alphabet consists of 28 letters. Here is what they look like:
In the video for Lesson No. 1, I have shown how to write letters alif, baa, taa and thaa. Here is the video:
Please feel free to ask any questions. Post scans of your work when ready and I will provide feedback.
I will upload future lessons after we know this process works and that there is enough interest.
NOTE: I will add the videos here for all the lessons so they are easy to find:
This lesson covers the letters alif, baa, taa and thaa.
This lesson covers the letters jeem, Haa and kha:
This lesson covers the letters daal, dhaal, raa and zay:
This lesson covers the letters seen, sheen, Saad and Daad.
This lesson covers the letters Taa, Dhaa, ayn and ghain.
This lesson covers the letters faa, qaaf, kaaf and laam.
This lessons covers the letters laam, meem and noon.
This lesson covers the final three letters haa, wow and yaa.
Now we start with the different shapes the letters take depending on where they fall in the word. I will link the exemplar instead of showing it here since it takes a lot of space.
Exemplar for joining shapes
Introduction to joining letters, covers different shapes of alif, baa, taa and thaa. NOTE: I sometimes use the Persian/Urdu names of the letters in these videos - please do not use them to learn how to pronounce Arabic :-)
How to join letters jeem, Haa and khaa.
Shows how to join letters daal, dhaal, raa and zey.
Shows how to join seen, sheen, Saad and Daad.
Shows the joined up forms of Taa, Daa, ayn and ghain.
Covers the shapes of faa, qaaf and kaaf.
Covers 'laam', 'meem' and 'noon'.
Shows the joined up forms of the last three letters 'haa', 'wow' and 'yaa'.
Edited by smk, 02 December 2012 - 16:01.