OK, I get that we need to learn the numerals as well as the words, but surely you should start with the numbers spelt as words so the learners get aquainted with their pronunciation before being taught to use the numerals. Also, it's going to be hell doing the listening exercises for this skill because a listening exercise can only have one answer and if you combine sentences with numerals and sentences with numbers spelt as words in the same lesson, there will be no way to figure out which is which.
Nope, it's the other way around. 1 2 3 are Western Arabic, ١ ٢ ٣ are Eastern Arabic. If you look in a Tunisian Quran, you'll find them numbering the 2ayaat using the Western numerals. And no, as an Egyptian, I reeeeally doubt the numbers are going anywhere. They're really common.
You're right pardon me I codeswitched, I meant 0 1 2 3 4 are Western Arabic numerals.
the ones used in the course here are Eastern Arabic/Indian numerals.
Let's wait and see - like I said - theyre losing ground in official and commercial ground across the mideast. Some newer generation Arabs don't even recognize the numerals used here anymore.
Hamza. Glottal stop. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic_chat_alphabet