I had my first Arabic class last night, in which I learned the alphabet. Ok, wait, I was taught the alphabet. I think there are 28 consonants, 3 short vowels, and 3 long vowels. And there seems to be just one letter that I can't quite pronounce, the "aine" letter (which looks like the fancy E towards the top below), which has an "aeh" sound that you're supposed to make by choking yourself. Or something like that. Anyway, it will require a lot of practice from me.
I like the names that some of the letters have, like "wow", "lamb" and "yeah". That's how the names sound, they may (probably) not be spelled like that. I think it's going to be a very interesting experience...I just wish there was an alphabet song I could learn..."alef, bah, tah, thah jzeem" doesn't quite have the same ring