Arabic for writing

kitaaba
ﻛِﺘَﺎﺑَﺔ
writing – feminine singular

The Arabic word for writing is pronounced kitaaba and written ﻛِﺘَﺎﺑَﺔ.

Category: handicraft
Part of speech: noun. Pattern: verbal noun

Using the word writing

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Important letters:
The root of the word writing consists of three Arabic letters: kaf that is written and pronounced k, ta that is written and pronounced t and beh that is written and pronounced b. Words with the same root letters are often related.

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The letters of writing

ﻛِﺘَﺎﺑَﺔ
ﻛـ
ـﺘـ
ـﺎ
ﺑـ
ـﺔ
 
ﻛـ
ـﺘـ
ـﺎ
ﺑـ
ـﺔ
 
ﻛـ
ـﻜـ
ـﻚ
ﺗـ
ـﺘـ
ـﺖ
ـﺎ
ﺑـ
ـﺒـ
ـﺐ
ـﺔ
 
kaf
k
ta
t
alef
beh
b
ta marbuta
 
 
The Arabic word for writing consists of: The letter kaf that is written ﻙ ( here ﻛـ ) and pronounced k and is a part of the root of the word. The short vowel i that is written as the sign ِ under the letter. The letter ta that is written ﺕ ( here ـﺘـ ) and pronounced t and is a part of the root of the word. The short vowel a that is written as the sign َ above the letter. The letter alef that is written ﺍ ( here ـﺎ ) and pronounced . The letter beh that is written ﺏ ( here ﺑـ ) and pronounced b and is a part of the root of the word. The short vowel a that is written as the sign َ above the letter. The letter ta marbuta that is written ﺓ ( here ـﺔ ) and pronounced . Therefore, the word is writen ﻛِﺘَﺎﺑَﺔ and pronounced kitaaba.
Arabic is written from right to left. Short vowels are placed above or under the letters, the are usually omitted.
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The pattern for writing

fi3aala becomes kitaaba

We have seen that the Arabic word for writing is written ﻛِﺘَﺎﺑَﺔ and pronounced kitaaba. It follows the pattern verbal noun form 1. All Arabic words with this pattern has the structure fi3aala where f, 3 and l is replaced with the root letters of the word.
Since the pattern is fi3aala and the root letters are k, t and b, the word becomes kitaaba.
All Arabic words with the same pattern follow the same structure. If you know the pattern and root of a word, you can often guess its meaning. Learn more about Arabic word patterns

Words with the same pattern as writing