Learn the Arabic letter Kaf with word samples 2024

The Arabic letter Kaf ك is the 22nd letter in the Arabic alphabet. It has a unique shape that is not similar to any other Arabic letter. In addition to the isolated form, this letter has 3 forms in an Arabic word.

The shapes of the letter Kaf ك:

TerminalMiddleInitialIsolated
ـكـكـكـك

How to pronounce Kaf ك? 

The pronunciation of the letter Kaf ك is the same as the pronunciation of the English letters K and Q. To pronounce Kaf ك, prevent air briefly from leaving your vocal tract when the back of your tongue lifts and presses against the soft palate at the back of your mouth.

Examples of words with Kaf ك:

Here are some examples of the letter Kaf ك at the beginning, middle, and end of the word:

The initial Kaf ك:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
كبيرBigKabir
كاتبWriterKaateb
كلمةWordKalima

The middle Kaf ك:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
شبكةNetwork  Shabaka
ركّابPassengersRukkab
مكعّبCubeMuka’ab

The terminal Kaf ك:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
ديكRooster  Dik
ملكKingMalek
سمكFishSamak

The letter Kaf ك with the Harakat حركات:

The letter Kaf ك with fat.ha فتحة:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
كَهرباءElectricityKahrba’a  
معركَةBattleMa’rakaa
مسكَنResidenceMaskan

The letter Kaf ك with the Damma ضمة:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
كُرسيChair  Kursy
كُنوزTreasuresKunuz
كُوبA glassKub

The letter Kaf ك with Kasra كسرة:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
سكِّينKnife  Skkin
يبكِي(He) CriesYabkii
كِتابBookKitab

The letter Kaf ك with Sukuun سكون:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
مكْتبDesk  Maktab
اكْتشافDiscoveryIktishaf
سلوكْBehaviorSuluk

The letter Kaf ك is one of the easy Arabic letters which are not difficult to pronounce, as its sound exists in many other languages. However, some people mix it up with the Arabic letter Qaf ق which is deeper.

FAQ about the letter Kaf ك:

What is the difference between the pronunciation of Qaf ق and Kaf ك?

The pronunciation of Qaf ق is deeper and comes from your throat, while Kaf ك corresponds to K and its pronunciation comes from your mouth.

Is Kaf ك written on or over the line?

Kaf ك is written on the line, but if the following letter is written over the line, you should write Kaf ك over the line as well.

Is Kaf ك a sun or moon letter?

Kaf ك is a moon letter, so the Lam ل in الـ is pronounced when it is followed by Kaf ك.

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