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Ear training 1

In this lesson we will work on the differences between the emphatic and non-emphatic letter pairs.

As you will see, in addition to having a deeper consonant sound, one of the easiest ways to distinguish the emphatic letters is that the emphatic letters change the quality of the following vowels.

siin and Saad

sa/Sa سَ َص
su/Su سُ َصُ
si/Si سِ صِ


taa' and Taa
Once again notice the change in tone for the vowels:

ta/Ta تَ طَ
tu/Tu تُ طُ
ti/Ti تِ طِ

daal and Daad
Notice once again for Daad the difference between the pronunciation of the first speaker (Syrian) and the second (Iraqi).
da/Da دَ َضَ
du/Du دُ َضُ
di/Di دِ ضِ
thaa, dhaal and DHaa
In English these would all be written as 'th' even though they are different sounds.

  • thaa is pronounced like the 'th' as in 'throw'.
  • dhaal is pronounced like the 'th' as in 'that'.
  • DHaa is the emphatic pair for dhaal.

tha/dha/DHa
ثَ

ذَ

ظَ
thu/dhu/DHu
ثُ

ذُ

ظُ
thi/dhi/DHi
ثِ

ذِ

ظِ