Learn to write the Arabic alphabet

Video and free worksheet download

The Arabic alphabet is not as difficult as you might think. There are only 28 letters – the majority of which have equivalents in the Latin alphabet. If you practise writing the letters whilst at the same time listening to each of the sounds, you will soon master the alphabet.


First download our free worksheet (PDF, 1.3MB) and print it out on plain A4 paper. Then watch the video.

Use a thick pen to trace the alphabet. When you feel confident, write the alphabet on a new piece of paper without tracing.

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TIP: Almost all letters are written with ‘clockwise motion’ of the pen.

Ideally, you will want to achieve a fluid circular movement for the letters. It will take quite a few attempts but even if your current handwriting isn’t great, there is no reason why you cannot make the effort this time!

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A Guide to Writing Arabic
by Sara Hoffmeier and the ArabicOnline team

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