Definitions

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  • n. In Arabic script, the vowel point for "i", appearing as a small diagonal line placed below a letter: ـِ and designating a short /i/. If the Arabic letter ي (yā’) immediately follows, it indicates a long /ī/.

Etymologies

From Arabic كسرة (kásra), from the primitive root كسر (kásara : to break, to fracture). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Part I: Getting Started kasra · yarji'u (yar-jee-oo; to return) · ya'rifu (yah-ree-foo; to know) When you conjugate a verb in the present tense, you must do two things: 1.

    Arabic for Dummies

  • Just as the ` alif elongates the fatHa and the waaw elongates the damma, the yaa 'elongates the kasra.

    Arabic for Dummies

  • For complete coverage of Arabic vowels (damma, fatHa, and kasra), check out Chapter 1.

    Arabic for Dummies

  • To create a long vowel form of a kasra, you attach a yaa 'to the consonant with the kasra.

    Arabic for Dummies

  • In English transcription, it's represented by the letter "u," as in funduq (foon-dook; hotel) or suHub (soo-hoob; clouds). kasra: The third main vowel in Arabic is the kasra (kahs-rah), which sounds like the long "e" in "feet" or "treat."

    Arabic for Dummies

  • When you take the same consonant and use a kasra, which represents the "ee" sound, you get the sound "bee."

    Arabic for Dummies

  • Double kasra: tanwiin with kasra makes the "een" sound, as in SafHatin (sahf-hah-teen; page).

    Arabic for Dummies

  • The kasra is written the same way as a fatHa -- as a small horizontal line -- except that it goes underneath the consonant.

    Arabic for Dummies

  • Arabic Vowel Characters Explanation To create a long vowel form of a fatHa To create a long vowel form of a damma To create a long vowel form of a kasra Diphthongs Diphthongs in Arabic are a special category of vowels because, in essence, they're monosyllabic sounds that begin with one vowel and "glide" into another vowel.

    Arabic for Dummies

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