https://www.duolingo.com/SamuelCristea

Hebrew vs. Arabic

Hello everyone! Welcome back our next challenge of the Versus Series is Hebrew vs. Arabic!!!

In case you are unfamiliar with this challenge here is the discussion were we talked about it and the other competitions are here as well: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25125242

Rules:

We are going to put each language to challenge each other in 3 categories. 1. How it sounds (spoken) 2. How is sings (sung) 3. How it looks (written)

Now, what you have to do is vote! Choose who's your winner in this round. DON'T FORGET: we would like you to write in great detail why you chose the language you voted for. Let's start!

Hebrew -

  1. Spoken: https://youtu.be/5ax900reMWM
  2. Sung: https://youtu.be/yn7FLSctfwI
  3. Written: כל בני האדם נולדו בני חורין ושווים בערכם ובזכויותיהם. כולם חוננו בתבונה ובמצפון, לפיכך חובה עליהם לנהוג איש ברעהו ברוח של אחווה.

Arabic -

  1. Spoken: https://youtu.be/FDMffQuDOhY
  2. Sung: https://youtu.be/QUBvVTNRp4Q
  3. Written: يولد جميع الناس أحراراً متساوين في الكرامة والحقوق. وقد وهبوا عقلاً وضميراً وعليهم ان يعامل بعضهم بعضاً بروح اﻹخاء.
11/30/2017, 5:45:00 PM

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord
  1. While Hebrew doesn't sound bad, I really like the way Arabic sounds because of the large amount of consonants that don't exist in English, like ه, ق, and ع (and many more) and the relatively small number of vowels. It has a certain flow that Hebrew lacks. Round 1 goes to Arabic.

  2. Hmm, this is tricky. Even though I like the way Arabic sounds, Hebrew also sounds really nice when sung. I'm a bit biased towards Hebrew since I'm much more familiar with Hebrew songs and music than Arabic songs and music. Honestly, I can't decide.

  3. Though I think that Arabic calligraphy is really beautiful (even more beautiful than Hebrew calligraphy), in normal Unicode text, I find Arabic to be a bit... chaotic, I guess? It's kinda tough on the eyes, with all the wild curves and diacritics and dots and lines going straight up. Hebrew is really geometric, almost entirely straight lines and right angles, making much easier on the eyes but still really cool. Again, perhaps I'm a little biased since I'm a lot more comfortable with the Hebrew writing system than Arabic, but Hebrew wins round 3 for me.

In the end... it's a tie. But I'm ok with that, they're both really interesting languages with their own pros, cons, and features. I honestly really like them both.

11/30/2017, 6:05:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224
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The h letter you wrote is the sound we usually have in English. It's ح that we mostly don't have.

12/1/2017, 1:24:41 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

Oops, got them mixed up. Sorry.

12/3/2017, 8:27:42 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.
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Arabic!

11/30/2017, 5:55:42 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster
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Arabic!

11/30/2017, 5:57:20 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LeonardoN.M
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Hebrew

11/30/2017, 6:08:32 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Radiacat

Arabic!

11/30/2017, 8:28:15 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224
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  1. Arabic for sure.
  2. Arabic for sure.
  3. Hebrew looks cool but still gotta go with Arabic.
12/1/2017, 1:19:00 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Njordisk
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Spoken: Arabic. Although some of the dialects are hurtful to the ears, it can also be VERY beautiful. Hebrew often flows less fluently.

Sung: Hebrew by far. Without being able to fully understand either, it seems way better to express feelings, compared to the often over-exaggerated arabic tunes. Some nasheeds can be catchy tho'.

Written: Hebrew. A more logical structure, where you easily can differ the different characters from one another.

11/30/2017, 6:39:42 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/BonBonChat
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I must side with Arabic! However, Hebrew is very fascinating.

11/30/2017, 7:24:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster
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My thoughts as well!

11/30/2017, 7:54:34 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/melody13861

I'll vote for Hebrew because I love the voiceless uvular fricative sounds!

11/30/2017, 8:58:16 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Elda_Mengisto
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Definitely a battle royale! I think this is a worthy matchup in the whole grand scheme of things!

Spoken:

Hebrew: What attracts me to Hebrew is its harsh consonant sounds, which Arabic shares as well. The way it flows is really nice, and the emphasis really draws me in. Arabic: The rolled "r"'s make the sounds really smooth here--I'm not sure exactly, maybe it was because of the speaker, but it flowed better than in Hebrew.

Hebrew: Arabic -- 0:1; I love Hebrew and enjoy the way it sounds, but Arabic manages to tone down the harshness of the consonant sounds so it manages to flow better. It sounds very eloquent that way.

Sung:

Hebrew: I love how the "sh" sounds here; it flows well and a lot is invoked here. Arabic: It goes very well. I like how some sounds are stretched out more.

Hebrew: Arabic -- 1:1 I enjoy a lot of Arabic-language music; it sounds very nice and flows well like a river. However, the sounds Hebrew makes translates even better into music; I especially like hearing how the consonants are emphasized.

Written:

There's a reason that Arabic is used for calligraphy, and not Hebrew. Haha. Arabic writing is an art form by itself, whereas Hebrew is a bit more...normal? As in, it's more like something one would write in everyday use. Some of the commentary suggests Arabic is more chaotic; is it because it's almost completely in cursive?

Hebrew: Arabic: 1.75: 1.25; The weird voting here was because Hebrew writing could be defined, both in print and in cursive. However, I would have a hard time to neglect how beautiful Arabic is, especially in art. It is beautiful in many ways, but I find myself entrapped in Hebrew and how intriguing it is. אני אוהבת עברית ואראבית

12/4/2017, 6:44:06 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/IsakNygren1
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When it comes to Arabic I guess the BBC lady speaks MSA while the singing guy sings in maSri?

I vote for Hebrew btw. Check out Ofra Haza's music. You will love her.

11/30/2017, 10:48:39 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/BeCreative__
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Hebrew

12/1/2017, 4:49:04 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/PandaSakuraTea

Hebrew for me!

12/1/2017, 9:14:24 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/edo_farias
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hebrew by far in 3 of them.

12/10/2017, 7:08:00 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexinaLock
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I'm sorry Hebrew, I love you but it's gotta be 1. Arabic 2. Arabic 3. ARABIC

5/10/2018, 2:48:26 AM
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