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"جار جَديد"

Translation:a new neighbor

June 27, 2019



We just suddenly jumped to vocabulary with no context.

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And not the most useful or most frequently used words either. I wonder why they took this approach? Maybe because of word simplicity.


The word جارٌ is introduced early in A. S. Tritton's Arabic (Teach Yourself Books; chapter 3, p. 37), perhaps, as you indicate, because it's a simple word, but also the word can refer to a "protected outsider" and so it's an important word historically for the ethical treatment of strangers in an honor-shame culture.


Some teachers provide first words that may be uncommon, but - more importantly - are short and follow common patterns (eg In English, I was taught words like cat, bat, hat at the beginning, and then brat, that,...). I'm hoping that Duolingo is following this approach.

Also, more abstract words like pronouns/ verbs are more common, but personally I remember the simple, concrete nouns (eg house) more easily.


Is there always an unwritten "uun" ("ون") sound at the end of a noun?


No. Not always. It is called tanwīn in Arabic. It is Arabic equivalent of an indefinite article. It is just the consonant 'n' sound connected to the previous letter.

Kitaabu-n : a book Al-kitaabu : the book

Plus it is generally written in Arabic as a diacritical mark

كِتَابٌ - read كِتَابُنْ (not كِتَابُون)

Hope it helps.

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jaar-un, a neighbor. when it is written it looks like this جارٌ its usually not written... the short vowels usually arent written either which makes it hard for new learners to pronounce the word without familiarization


It would be difficult that a valid one.


Most interesting. Thank you


They didn't teach the meaning of zaar and yet the ask


Try not to let it distract you. It frustated me a lot when I started learning Russian on Duolingo, but I have discovered that Duolingo's method works. It helps to change your perspective on "mistakes" - I took a long time to realise that I'm not getting minus points for not knowing something I wasn't told. It's alright to guess in the exercise and then you'll be told the meaning. Next time, you'll probably know :) It's more of a learning process, than a one-off test.


Why does the audio for neighbor on the initial vowel sound change with/without the article?


Pls read the discussion above first.


I barely hear the final 'd'. Do voiced consonants often become unvoiced at the end of the word?


Read it from right to left


It pronounced like jaar-uh jadheedh

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