Yeah read as Dawuud. Audio must be wrong. Furthermore, it is written dawood and not david because in the quran, the figure of david is written as dawood. To write the name 'david' exactly it would be : ْدَيْفِد (read dayfid - no v in arabic, but most speakers would understand and pronounce the v)
Audio is correct; it is pronounced that way in many Arabic-speaking countries. Also, because of transliteration it can be spelled many different ways. The transliteration standard of DuoLingo is not the universal standard and only applies to this this website. I hope this helps.
I'm my decades living in a variety of Arabic-speaking countries and having grown up with Arabic around me since birth, I have never once heard anyone pronounce دَوود as Dawwid. Always with a long 'uu' sound. Usually Dawuud, with some saying Da2uud (which is technically wrong).
Ok, cool, yes, "David" is the English equivalent of "Dawoud," but I am a bit concerned about it being racist if we required people to translate their actual names into other languages, and we generally don't require this in the real world. The other language courses also represent proper names as proper names and don't translate them. It would be better if we could leave "Dawoud " (or Dawwud, Daoud, or however you want to spell it in English) as "Dawoud" in English letters. Maybe accept "David" as another possible correct answer.
We don't usually translate people's names because they are their names. When names are translated, it's usually done to show their equivalent in the foreign language to which there're being translated. Which is why I think the course creators did it here, as momobrika pointed out. Why would you think translating a name is racist? Would you think translating an Italian name to English, or Russian, or Arabic is racist? Don't forget that race and nationality and culture are different things; and nationalities and cultures can be, and are, racially mixed . Too many people are trying to cause division along racial and cultural lines these days by calling everybody and everything they don't agree with "racist". We shouldn't buy into it by using the term and calling people and things "racist" when they are not. The creators of this course are native Arabic speakers, btw.
I think the problem arises when one transliterates the Arabic as Dawud (which is how I would transliterate it from Arabic) and it is marked wrong. While I would personally stop short of calling this racist (I totally agree that term is thrown around too lightly), I do think requiring users to anglicise someone's name is weird and counter-productive for a language learning program. If I meet an Arab called Dawud/Dawuud and I immediately call him David I don't think I'll get a "mumtaz" and a high-five.
Yes. I just personally liked the "thaal" transcription because, to make the sound, the tongue is in the "th" position between the teeth like for the English word "that" rather than the "d" position hitting the roof of the mouth above the front teeth. Update: It was my English transliteration. I just changed it to go alone with the "dh" used here.
To help any beginners reading this: You may or may not have noticed there are actually two th sounds in English, which we write as th but are represented as th and dh respectively when describing languages.
The letter being described here (dhaal), represented as dh, is as you hear this, them, either.
The Arabic letter thaa, represented th, is the sound in tooth, thimble, thistle, ether.
Sorry I don't have Arabic keyboard installed so can't write the Arabic letters.
It's also worth noting that in some Arab accents the dh sound has been "lost", and dhaal is pronounced as 'z'.
I agree. The reason I choose "th" instead of "dh" in my example to explain the sound was because the letters "th", as in the word "that" make the sound I was trying to explain. It was my English transliteration. I just edited it so that it corresponds to the "dh" that is used here, though.
There are some letters in the arabic language after which you always have a space (or separation), you can't "attach" them to the other letters of the word. ز and ر are some of them. If you attach them to the rest of the word, the ز will look like ن. Example: this is Dhaa زا. This is Naa نا.