Folks are unnecessarily intimidated by the Arabic alphabet. Trust me, this is not going to be your major hurdle as an Arabic student! My advice is get a quick grasp of it and move on. Perfecting the alphabet will come from using the letters in context.
Before we start: 5 important points about the Arabic alphabet:
- It goes right to left
- There are no capital letters
- It's a cursive script, so there four possible forms each letter can take: stand alone, at the beginning of a word, in the middle of a word, and at the end of a word. This sounds complicated but most don't change much, and often letters will have the same shape and the only difference is the number or placement of dots.
- There are three long vowels that are in the alphabet, and three short vowels that aren't (here's a short video explainer)
- Arabic script is beautiful, enjoy it!
Part 1 covers the first seven letters of the alphabet, and the audio clips contain each letter plus an example word.