The Farsi alphabet (Farsi: /alefbâye fârsi/ الفبای فارسی) consists 32 letters, most of which have two forms, short and full. In Farsi, words are written from right to left while numbers are written from left to right. Farsi is a writing style based on the Arabic script. It is entirely written cursively. That is, the majority of letters in a word connect to each other. Therefore, the appearance of a letter changes depending on its position: beginning (joined on the left), middle (joined on both sides), end (joined on the right) of a word and some letters are written isolated. This writing style is also implemented on computers.
Whenever the Farsi script is typed, the computer connects the letters to each other. Following is a table showing the Farsi alphabet and how it is pronounced in English. There are also some examples of how those letters would sound if you place them in a word.
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آ – ا
“آ – ا ”, called “alef”, is the first letter of the Farsi alphabet. Letter “alef” is vowel and has two forms. “آ” always pronouns /â/ like “a” in “father”. It is an initial letter which never joins the following and preceding letters. Final “alef” is written as “ ا ”. It has four sounds, /â/ like “a” in “father”, /a/ like “a” in “cat”, /e/ like “e” in “men”, and /o/ like “o” in “gorgeous”. Final “alef” only joins to the preceding letters.
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