"Rawad and Carrie"
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Yes! I've noticed that hte pronunciation of alif isn't uniform, sometimes Aaaa and sometimes Eeee. I haven't been able to work out any rule that governs this. Don't even know if there is one. Please, could a native speaker, or other learned person, tell us if there is any regularity in this?
The truth is: there is no rule. The pronunciation of alif alternates between the sound of 'car' and the sound of 'cat'. How it alternates though is completely dependent on the dialect you want to speak. North African might pronounce it AA when Syrians pronounce it EE and vice versa.
There are actually 2 competing standards for this. We, in Lebanon, put a space between وَ and the word after it, and I think it would be better for the course makers to adopt that standard in this case instead of the one that doesn’t use a space, because it's a lot easier for beginners to learn, and it makes adding hints and tips under words a lot easier too, because people can hover (or click) on وَ separately.
I see that this is the first language you've studied with Duolingo. To find the meaning of a word, you put your cursor over the word. Also, every question on this page has been answered. But, you will sometimes find questions not answered. These are user discussion pages and you will find there are questions that other students might not have chosen to answer for a variety of reasons: not all students studying a language go on the discussions pages and those that do might not know the answer to a question being asked, or they might be too tired to answer a question, or they just might not care to answer a particular question.
How do I make the "i" sound with the alphabet (for the last letter in Carrie). I can't seem to find the letter for it on the keyboard. All I can find is ی, but I don't know how to put the two dots below it. Do I have the wrong keyboard or is there something I don't know about it?