Classical Arabic

Syllable Stress

Classical Arabic has 4 types of syllables:

  • CV
  • CVV (long)
  • CVC (closed)
  • CVVC (long closed, rare)

C represent a consonant, V a short vowel, and VV a long vowel or diphthong.

When you see CC, the syllable break must fall between.


  1. The last syllable is never stressed.
  2. Ignoring the last syllable, start looking at syllables from the end of the word, working towards the beginning.
  3. When you find a long or closed syllable, it receives stress.
  4. If no such syllable is found, then the first syllable of the word is stressed.