Learn the Arabic letter Jeem

You will also see this letter transliterated as Jim, Geem and Jiim.


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The Arabic letter Jeem is a Moon Letter.

It has a basic shape that is common for the three letters; Jeem, Hha and Kha.

How the Arabic letter Jeem is written

How the Arabic letter Jeem is pronounced

Jeem is the counterpart of the English letter J in “Job” if we are talking about the “correct” pronunciation of Modern Standard Arabic.


But in some Arabic countries like Egypt they might pronounce it as g in “game” and they call the letter ‘Geem’ which is not actually right, because the sound of g in “game” doesn’t really exist in Modern Standard Arabic but still it’s very common and understandable.

Basic Sample words of Jeem in different states

Jeem is connectable to both sides. It takes these three forms depending on its position in the word:

 

Word examples using the Arabic letter Jeem with diacritics

Jeem represents all four kinds of sounds.

Jeem with a fatha: ( جَـ ) ( ـجَـ ) has a soft sound like

– Ja in January or Jam

– Ja in Pajamas

 

Jeem with a fatha might also have a gruff sound like:

– Ja in Jar

– Ja in Ajar

 

Jeem with a kasra: ( جِـ ) ( ـجِـ ) sounds like:

– Ge in Gentleman

– Gy in Gym

– Gi in Engineer

 

Jeem with a damma: ( جُـ ) ( ـجُـ ) sounds like

– Ju in Juice or June

– Jo in Bonjour

 

Jeem with sokoon: ( ـجْـ ) ( ـجْ ) sounds like:

– S in Casual

– G in Prestige or Orange

Look-a-likes

Jeem(ج ), Hha ( ح) and Kha ( خ ) are twin sisters or shape-mates.

Mnemonic

Drawing the isolated form of any letter of this group starts with a part that looks like the English number 7 with an extra extension to the right side.

Wait a second… They look exactly like the English number 2. But rotated 180 degrees!

 

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