‘The Key to Arabic’ teaches students the skills they need to read and write Arabic. The letters of the alphabet are introduced one at a time, and the student is given the opportunity to read each letter with the various possible combinations of long and short vowels, as well as the ‘ay’ and sow’ dipthongs, sukoon and shadda. The use of colour coding in presenting the various vowel sounds helps the student to grasp them more quickly. Each letter is also shown in all its forms: initial, medial, final and isolate so that the student can learn to recognise the letter wherever it appears in the word, as well as how to write it. Clear arrowed diagrams show the student the correct pen direction when writing.