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Until this gets fixed anyone curious about how وَ should sound (when used as the word "and") can use google translate English to Arabic. Just translate the English word "and", then use the audio feature. You can compare وَ to وا by translating "wa" to وا and using the audio. Hope that helps.
It's the same as Aramaic and Hebrew ו = letter waw "and" and all other Semitic languages. The audio sounded like "oo" to my ear. I have a question about the two dots under the letter. My understanding is that the dots are under the yaˀ (or yaaˀ) letter sometimes and do not indicate a vowel. (I'm working from A. S. Tritton's Arabic [Teach Yourself Books, 1977]). So this is just the letter called yaaˀ but it's pronounced similar to "oo." Some people are saying there is something wrong with the audio so I'd like to find out what the deal is with how it's pronounced. I notice that Amrhilman says it's pronounced "wa." Perhaps it's a matter of dialect? Are we learning Egyptian Arabic here, Palestinian Arabic? Now I notice that dieprinzessin indicates that both wa and oo are correct.
(speaking of و as a letter) it depends on whether the letter و is functioning as a vowel or a consonant in the word.
if a vowel it is uu
if a consonant it is w (and can be stressed like ww, or with its own vowel like wa,wu,wi, or stressed and vowelled like wwa, wwu, wwi, etc.)
as a word it is wa
It is both a letter and a word. Similar to и in russian. The word "wa" is "with" e.g. "Ana wa inta," me and you. But you will start to say "ana w'inta." So, in a way, this pronunciation "can be" correct at times, as you will hear it pronounced this way if someone is speaking quickly. But, shouldn't be this way for a beginner.
MODS: I noticed throughout ALPHABET1, the vowel sound for "dii" did not have a long pronunciation on audio for Match the Pairs lessons - although it was taught with a long vowel audio on the other lessons throughout the five levels. Also the audio for instances of "wa" was cut off throughout ALPHABET1
Sound snippet broken... Also for many of the phonetic words learnt in the very first courses, the pronunciation differs wildly from when you have to select a word based on its written form.
While that may be dialectual, it really just thwart learning. Please put a bit more effort into the arabic.