And not yellow on whit though I guess that is duolingo standard. Still not good though.
Note for producers during Beta: I think the audio is not correct, the audio sounds like the actor is saying plub, instead of Bob (b-oo-b)
I think it is sounding pop instead of plub. Rather it should sound Bob. Arabic speakers don't really pronounce B“O”B as English speakers do
Native English speaker here. I hear Bob pretty clearly, with an accent of course, but I definitely hear Bob
Wouldn't it be pronounced like "buub"? I don't know when did we learned the "o" vowel.
I'm loving the beta so far :)
Both "b-oo-b"( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) and "bob" are valid pronunciations. Mainly because this word has no meaning in Arabic. If your name is Bob, the only way to write it in Arabic is "بوب"
Shouldn't the "و" need a tiny forward slash, though, to make it shorter, in case of "Bob"? Like we learned with other vowels...
AFAIK the forward slash just gives a consonant the short 'a' sound. There are two other "short vowels" that work in a similar way.
As for the 'o' sound... I'm pretty sure it doesn't exist in Arabic, but I'm not a native speaker so take this with a grain of salt.
That's only with the a vs. aa isnt it? a is a slash, aa is a long stick. I don't think this applies to any other letter.
DL transcribes the "long stick" = alif with "aa" while the fatha vowel ("slash" above the consonant) is "a." I recommend that in the next iteration of DL Arabic that in the first few lessons they provide help with the commonly accepted names for the consonants and main vowels. (When the slash is below the consonant I think it's called kasra and has an "i" sound.)
The letter (و) in Arabic is pronounced either as w (water), uu (cool). When there are foreign names, usually (و) is used to indicate (o) as in (door) because it is the closest.
Hard to see where to report this, but on Chrome on Mac, the word text is underlined but the styling of the underline makes it seem like there are extra diacritics. The font is also incredibly tiny.
Most letters have different forms in the beginning, middle and end of a word, as well as an independent form.
the arabic letters in this lesson are so tiny. im not sure how i am supposed correlate sounds to letters if i cant see them.
Are you kidding me with all the english names here? I thought I was here to learn arabic, not english written in arabic alphabet... I'm about to quit already...
It’s quite simply a way to introduce Anglophones to an alphabet that can be very tricky at first. Luckily, there’s a whole entire course in Arabic after the alphabet skills, not sure if you’re aware of that judging from your comment.
If learning the alphabet is enough to make you want to quit, then I would reexamine your goals and motivations, instead of blaming it on the course. The course was made by unpaid volunteers who dedicated their time and work so that we could all enjoy the knowledge. I’m sorry it wasn’t made specifically with your desires in mind.