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Writing Basics

When writing in Arabic usually the skeleton of the word (all the letters) is written first, then any diacritics or dots are added afterwards.

Example: baab

Exactly when to go back and fill in the dots and diacritics is up to individual preference. Some people do it every word. Other people will go back whenever there is a gap in a word due to a non-connecting letter.

In addition to the dots, other parts that usually get filled in after the skeleton of the word has been written out include:
  • The vertical line in Taa and DHaa
  • The slanting line in kaaf medial
But once again this is a matter of personal preference and you can write them in as you go along if you like.