Audio with Theyab's pronunciation

When I started learning to read Arabic, I was horrified to discover that most words are written without some of their letters.

Once upon a time, Arabic words were actually written with all their letters, but the language gradually evolved to include just consonants and long vowels - aaiiuu.

So what happened to the short vowels, a, i, u? And how can people read their own language when some of the letters in each word are simply not there? 

The situation is far from being murii7I might need istiraa7ah from learningEven the people closest to me tell me "akhidh-ay raa7t-ich!" 

So raa7 artaa7 and tell you the secret to understanding written Arabic, in spite of its missing letters.

If you look at today's word, and then at the table below, you'll notice that the first four words have something in common; they all contain the letter r and the letter 7. This is called a root. Any words with those same consonants have a similar meaning.

The root r-7 is always related to comfort, resting, relaxation.  A good root to know if ever I need to defend my taste for laziness.

A break, rest area
اخذي راحتچ
akhidhay raa7t-ich
Relax! (>f)
راح ارتاح
raa7 artaa7
I’m going to relax