The Vocative Particle يا

By the end of Alif Baa's first lesson, you should be able to read and write the vocative particle يا, meaning "O," as in "O Ahmed." (In the next lesson of Alif Baa, you will learn that, in addition to being the long vowel ii, ي can also be pronounced y; hence يا is pronounced yaa.)

Since Alif Baa teaches you to write باب in Unit one, and with يا under your belt as well, you already know how to read and write two words in Arabic. Congratulations!

Following are the Arabic texts for all of the dialogues you listened to in this unit. Skim through the lines of Arabic text and count all the instances of يا that you see. How many did you find?   Answer 

Dialogue A

Good morning, Ahmad
Good morning
صباح الخير يا أحمد
صباح النور

Dialogue B

السلام عليكم
وعليكم السلام

Dialogue C

Welcome, Samira
Welcome, Mona
أهلا وسهلا يا سميرة
أهلا بيك يا منى

...time passes...

Goodbye, Mona
مع السلامة يا منى
الله يسلّمك

Dialogue D

Good evening, Muhammad
Again, please
Good evening, Muhammad
Good evening
مساء الخير يا محمّد
مرّة ثانية من فضلّك
مساء الخير يا محمّد
مساء النور