Learn the Arabic letter Ayn with word samples 2024

The Arabic letter Ayn ع is the 18th letter in the Arabic alphabet. It has -almost- the shape of half an oval and a smaller one over it. In addition to the isolated form, this letter has 3 forms in an Arabic word.

The shapes of the letter Ayn ع:

TerminalMiddleInitialIsolated
ـعـعـعـع

How to pronounce Ayn ع? 

The pronunciation of the letter Ayn ع is one of the most difficult to pronounce letters. However, it is similar to the pronunciation of the letter Alif ا, but unlike Alif ا, it is deep. The pronunciation of Ayn ع comes from the back of your throat, so it is one of the guttural letters.

Examples of words with Ayn ع:

Here are some examples of the letter Ayn ع at the beginning, middle, and end of the word:

The initial Ayn ع:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
عنكبوتSpiderA’nkabut   
عصيرJuiceA’sir
عقلMindA’ql

The middle Ayn ع:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
معلّمTeacherMua’allem
مزرعةFarmmazra’a
معبرcrossingMa’abar 

The terminal Ayn ع:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
مقطعSectionMaqta’a
مذياعRadioMithya’a
ضبعHyena Dabe’ 

The letter Ayn ع with the Harakat حركات:

The letter Ayn ع with fat.ha فتحة:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
جامعَةUniversity Jamia’a
تعَبExhaustionTa’ab
عَسلHoney A’sal

The letter Ayn ع with the Damma ضمة:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
عُصفورBirdO‘usfur
عُشNestO’ush
عُلومSciencesO’ulum

The letter Ayn ع with Kasra كسرة:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
لعِبPlayingLa’eb 
عِنبGrapesI’nab
سعِيدHappySa’eed

The letter Ayn ع with Sukuun سكون:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
ْاختراعInventionEkhtira’a 
ثعْبانSnakeThu’ban 
أعْلامFlagsA’alam

The shape of the letter Ayn ع is the same as the letter Ghayn غ which has a dot over it, so pay attention not to mix them up. 

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