Learn the Arabic letter Dal

You will also see this letter transliterated as dāl or daal.


The Arabic letter Dal is a Sun Letter.

It has a basic shape that is common for the two letters; Dal and Thal

How the Arabic letter Dal is written

How the Arabic letter Dal is pronounced

Dal is the counterpart of the English letter D which is pronounced by having the tip of the tongue pressed against the top of the mouth right behind the front tooth then slightly pushing air separating the tongue and upper mouth.

Basic Sample words of Dal in different states

Dal only connectable to the letter before (the letter to the right). It takes these three forms depending on its position in the word


Word examples using the Arabic letter Dal with diacritics

Dal represents all four kinds of sounds. But it usually sounds soft when it comes with a fatha.

Dal with a fatha: ( دَ ) ( ـدَ ) has a soft sound like:

– Da in Dad or Dash

– Da in Medal


It may also have a gruff sound like:

– Da in Dark

– Da in Abundant


Dal with a kasra: ( دِ ) ( ـدِ ) sounds like:

– De in Deep

– De in Indeed


Dal with a damma: ( دُ ) ( ـدُ ) sounds like:

– Do in Doll

– Do in Adorable


Dal with sokoon: ( ـدْ ) ( ـدْ ) sounds like:

– D in Madness

– D in Good or Should


Dal and Thal are another twins or shape-mates. But Dal doesn’t have a dot.


Dal and Thal look like a Right angle (90 degrees). But make it 80 to be perfect!


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