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Learn How to Read Arabic Sentences

Lesson 3

3rd sentence

haadhihi 'awwalu ziyaaratin lii 'ilaa baladikum


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Means: This is my first visit to your country

haadhihi = this, 'awwalu = the first, ziyaara = visit, lii = for me,
'ilaa =
to, balad = country, -kum = your

The first word, haadhihi, contains a small 'alif (called "dagger 'alif") which usually isn't written, but pronounced. This small 'alif only occurs in a very limited number of words.

Generally, 'alif is written the normal way, like in the word ziyaara, above.

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