Drill 1 – The Definite Article

Complete this drill after reading the section on the Definite Article in Part 1, Chapter 1, Section B.

Pronounce each word below, one at a time. Pay no attention to what the word means.

There is no doubt that at least some of the vocabulary below is new to you. Focus on the first letter of each word. If that letter is pronounced near the front of the mouth near the teeth, then indicate that it is a sun letter by making the word definite and writing a shadda over the sun letter. If the letter which begins the word is pronounced farther back in the mouth or on the lips, indicate that the letter is a moon letter by making it definite and putting a sukuun on the ل of the definite article. When you complete this drill, compare your answers with the Answer Key below.

If you like, you may also take an online quiz based on this drill. The link below will take you to a different website and will ask you whether each word begins with a sun or moon letter.
testmoz.com/151209

لُغة

كِتاب

صَادِق

نَمِر

دينار

باب

زيارة

سِمسار

ظالِم

طاوِلة

تَعارُف

قذّافي

خَليج

ثالِث

شَريط

ذَهاب

حَلال

ضابِط

جدوَل

عَيْن

نَهار

شَرِكة

مَعْروف

أمْر

يَقين

وَزير

هام

رَقيب

إسلام

بَريد

عرب

غَرْب

ظِلّ

مُدَرِّس

تُركيَ

دَبابة

شامِل

ضَرْب

طاقِم

لَيلة

ذِراع

رَفيق

زَمان

سَعيد

جَنوب

خَريف

صَعيد

قَلَم

 

Answer Key for Drill 1 on the Definite Article. Below are the words from the drill made definite.

أللُّغة

ألْكِتاب

ألصَّادِق

ألنَّمِر

ألدّينار

ألْباب

ألزّيارة

ألسِّمسار

ألظّالِم

ألطّاوِلة

ألتَّعارُف

ألْقذّافي

ألْخَليج

ألثّالِث

ألشَّريط

ألذَّهاب

ألْحَلال

ألضّابِط

ألْجدوَل

ألْعَيْن

ألنَّهار

ألشَّرِكة

ألْمَعْروف

ألْأمْر

ألْيَقين

ألْوَزير

ألْهامّ

ألرَّقيب

ألْإسلام

ألْبَريد

ألْعرب

ألْغَرْب

ألظِّلّ

ألْمُدَرِّس

ألتُّركيَ

ألدَّبابة

ألشّامِل

ألضَّرْب

ألطّاقِم

أللَّيلة

ألذِّراع

ألرَّفيق

ألزَّمان

ألسَّعيد

ألْجَنوب

ألْخَريف

ألصَّعيد

ألْقَلَم

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5 comments… add one
  • Asalamo alaikom

    I would appreciate if in every arabic word, there would be English transliteration as well. Ex: كتابي ‘kitaabi’.

    Jazakallahu khair

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  • Greetings admin and thanks for this great website. I am a teacher of Arabic in kenya and these lessons will supplement my learning/teaching resources, congratulations

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    • Thanks for the comment! Please feel free to post or have your students post if you have any Arabic related questions.
      Matt

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  • I really appreciate this site but there is one thing about this drill: since your website is focused on teaching grammar properly, it should be made clear that the definite article in Arabic is not written with a Hamzah, otherwise it would not be elided within a sentence.

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