Learn the Arabic letter Zay with word samples 2024

The letter Zay is an easy letter to write and pronounce, as it is found in most languages ​​of the world, and it is one of the dotted solar letters, and it is also one of the most frequently used letters in the Arabic alphabet. The exit of the letter Zay is from the tip of the tongue with what is above the lower folds.

The only letter that resembles the letter Zay is the letter Raa’, the difference between them is only a point in writing, but in the field of pronunciation, it is something else.

Let’s get started.

The shapes of the lettre Zay “ز”:

TERMINAL MIDDLEINITIALISOLATED
ـزـززز

Examples of words with Zay “ز” :

We will show you some examples so that you can notice the change in the shape of the letter “Zay” by changing its position in the word.

The initial Zay “ز” :

The letter “Zay” at the beginning of the word is isolated, as it does not connect from both sides.

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
زيتOilZayt
زبيبRaisinsZabeeb
زمنTimeZaman

The middle Zay“ز” :

The letter Zay is in the middle of the word, connected from the right side only.

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
حزامBeltHizaam
غزالDeerGhazaal
مخزنStoredMakhzan

The terminal Zay “ز” :

The letter Zay is at the end of the word, connected from the right side only.

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
كنزTreasureKanz
عجزInabilityEajz
فائزWinnerFai’z

•Note :

The letter Zay at the end of the word can be separate from the rest of the letters in the word.

•Examples :

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
غازGasGhaz
موزBananaMawz
لوزAlmondsLawz

How to pronounce Zay “ز” :

The Zay sound is a gingival sound produced through the meeting of the tongue with the upper gum, and it is a vocalized fricative sound, the vocal cords vibrate during its pronunciation.

To pronounce the letter Zay, we close the nasal passage and then obstruct the airway at the upper gums using the tongue, and this is to allow the air to exit with the vibration of the vocal cords

letter Zay in the phonetic alphabet is /z/.

The letter Zay has 3 different types of sound:

Zay with the harakat(الحركات):

The letter Zay with fathaزَ”فتحة” :

The letter “Zay’” in this case sounds like the letter “Z” in the word “Zambia”.

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
زَرافةGiraffeZarafa
زَوجةWifeZawja
زَهرةFlowerZahra

The lettre Zay with damma زُ”ضمة”:

The letter “Zay” in this case sounds like the letter “Z” in the word “Zoom”.

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
زُبدةButterZubda
زُمردEmeraldZumorod
زُجاجGlassZujaj

The lettre Zay with kasra زِ”كسرة “:

The letter “Zay” in this case sounds like the letter “Z” in the word “Zero”.

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
زِراعةFarmingZiraea
زِرButtonZir
زِحامCrowdedZihaam

The lettre Zay with sukoon زْ”سكون”:

The letter “Zay” in this case sounds like the two letters “zz” in the word “Fuzz”.

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
مزْمارFluteMizmaar
مزْبلةDustbinMizbala
مزْلاجLatchMizlaaj

We have finished the letter Zay and got acquainted with its forms and how to pronounce it, and we saw many examples of it, our lesson for today is over, and it is a simple and easy to understand the lesson, all you need is to repeat the information to facilitate memorization.

And as we say we are always here for any inquiries, please ask us your questions and we will answer them personally, good luck.

Since the letter Zay is similar to the letter Raa’, why don’t they have the same pronunciation?

In fact, they are similar only in writing, as for other things, each letter is separate from the other.

Is it correct to say the letter Zaa’?

No, this is a common mistake. Saying the letter Zaa’ or Zayn is wrong. It is Zay.

How to pronounce the word”زيتون” in Arabic?

It is : Zaytuun

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