Learn the Arabic letter Seen

You will also see this letter transliterated as Siin.


The Arabic letter Seen is a Sun Letter.

It has a basic shape that is common for the two letters; Seen and Sheen.

How the Arabic letter Seen is written

How the Arabic letter Seen is pronounced

Seen is the counterpart of the English letter S.

Basic Sample words of Seen in different states

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


Word examples using the Arabic letter Seen with diacritics

Seen represents only three kinds of sounds. It always produces a soft sound when it comes with a fatha.

It doesn’t produce a gruff sound because it has a sound-mate which does this job for it;  Saad ( ص ).

Seen with a fatha: ( سَـ ) ( ـسَـ ) has a soft sound like:

– Sa in Sand

– Sa in Assassin


Seen with a kasra: ( سِـ ) ( ـسِـ ) sounds like:

– Se in Sea

– Ce in Accent


Seen with a damma: ( سُـ ) ( ـسُـ ) sounds like:

– So in Solution

– So in Absolute


Seen with sokoon: ( ـسْـ ) ( ـسْ ) sounds like:

– S in Best

– S in These 


Seen ( س ) and Sheen ( ش ) are shape-mates. And they also look a bit like the next two letters Saad ( ص ) and Daad ( ض ).


The Initial form of Seen ( ســ ) looks like a toothbrush. And the Initial form of Sheen ( شــ ) seems like a toothbrush with some toothpaste on!
The word toothbrush means in Arabic “فرشَــاة أسْــنان” (forrshaat assnaan) and it contains both letters.


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