Arabic belongs to the group of Semitic alphabetical scripts in which mainly the consonants are represented in writing, while the markings of vowels is optional. So, reading Arabic letters depends mainly on the way of their writing.
Learn how to read Arabic:
Arabic sounds and Pictures is a great software can help non-Arabs bothers and their children as well in learning how to read Arabic letters very easily. It is a completely free soft ware used to learn how to read Arabic letters, basically for children. It is an integrated multimedia user interaction with animated illustration of how to write letters. Also, you can hear how letters are pronounced and you can easily learn 6 different Harkat (Vowel Signs). You will learn how letters form words & the way to join letters in a word. In addition, there are some animated animals with their Arabic names and sounds.
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