|Places of Articulation|
Introduction to articulation points of the Arabic letters
The articulation point of a letter is the place the letter is emitted, meaning a sound that comes out of the mouth relying on a specific place of articulation or an approximate one. Using the correct articulation point of a letter is necessary to utter the letter correctly, and of course this is even more important when reciting the book of Allah, the Holy Qur’an.
Almost all the articulation points in Arabic are specific places, but there are some that have a general area of articulation.
There are ways for you to see what articulation point YOU are using for a letter (not necessarily the correct one), so that you can compare what you are using to the correct way of articulating a letter:
1. Pronounce the letter with a shaddah; in other words, double the letter.
2. Pronounce the letter with no vowel and put a hamzah before the letter you are checking.
You can then check the position of your tongue, mouth, or feel what area of the throat you are using.
There are five general areas of the throat and mouth that have within them the specific or general articulation points of the Arabic letters.