( I ) CONSONANTS
Group A – with approximately the same pronunciation as their English counterparts.
b – bagar (cattle), baachir (tomorrow), il-baHreyn (Bahrain)
d – daftar (notebook), Hamdaan (an Arab name), dostuur (constitution)
dh – dhimma (protection), tadhkara (ticket), dhahab (like ‘th’ in ‘that’, ‘those’.) (gold)
p – panka (ventilator), panchar (puncture), parda (curtain)
The 'p' sound appears only in foreign loan words, like the ones above. Most Gulf Arabs actually say 'b' instead of 'p'.
ch – chayf (how), cham (how much), chidhii (so; this way; like this) This is a distinctly Bedouin sound, used many times (but NOT always) where ‘k’ would be used in Standard Arabic, e.g. cham instead of kam, chayf instead of kayf.
f – firiij (neighbourhood), kilaafa (difficulty, burden), aal xaliifa (the ruling family of Bahrain)
g – gaam (he stood up), rigad (he lied down), gilt (I said / you said)
h – haadha (this), ihni (here, as pronounced in Bahrain), dhahab (gold)
j – juuti (shoes), bi-l-jumla (wholesale), jaasim (an Arab name)
k – il-kuwayt (Kuwait), kisabna (we won/gained), yaktib (he writes)
m – malik (king), madrasa (school), mumayyaz (special, distinctive)
n – naashif (being dried), minhu (who), alwaan (colours)
s – islaam (Islam), saalim (an Arab name; safe, whole), dars (lesson)
sh – yishfi (he is recovering), shiyar (trees), sh gilt? (what did you say?)
t – tooba (repentance), gilt (I said, you said)), tadris (you study)
th – thaalith (third), ithnayn (two), thoor (bull)
w – wiyyaana (with us), ward (rose), wujood (existence; presence)
y – ya salaam! (Oh, peace!, said when you like something), mayz (table), daray (stairs)
z – azyan (better), zoor (difficult), zaytoon (olive)
( I ) CONSONANTS