"عِنْد روزا جاكيت."

Translation:Rosa has a jacket.

June 28, 2019



Hi I have a question what is the circle on top of the 2and and what is its function?

July 3, 2019


The circle is there to show that there is no vowel sound after the ذ.

And now I have my own follow up question for those more familiar with Arabic than me. I know the diacritics are often left out of writing; is the ْ also commonly left out? I ask because, thinking about it, in a world where you could have either مَسَك or مَسْك, you either use diacritics and could just as easily assume that there's no vowel sound after the س because it lacks a vowel diacritic, or not use diacritics and have ْ mark where not to put a vowel sound, assuming that a vowel would be said there if there was no ْ. I'm sure in either case, you'd just figure it from context anyway, I'm just trying to paint a fuller picture of the use case of ْ.

July 3, 2019


Well, I suggest you go to some Arab news website like www.aljazeera.net and see for yourself :-) Can you find any ْ (sukūn)? It is usually being omitted like all other diacritics. There are very rare exceptions - for example when it comes to the active/passive form of a verb.

So basically, to understand, to read and to pronounce a text in Arabic correctly you have to know the words (including their vowels). After some time you will start to recognize certain "patterns" and automatically pronounce them correctly.

Example: maybe you already learned the word ٌشَمْس (sun). The adjective is مُشْمِسٌ (sunny). In another context you read ممطر (without diacritics) and you will recognize the root مَطَرٌ (rain). So you can guess that ممطر means "rainy" and is pronounced مُمْطِرٌ (like مُشْمِسٌ). Same for verbs. Those "forms" are not random - they are a crucial part of the Arab grammar (and they make Arabic a very systematic language).

But to be honest, I doubt that it's possible to learn all this by just using a software like Duolingo. However it's a good start :-)

July 3, 2019


Its a diacritic. Without it, would've been 2anad instead

July 9, 2019


To me it feels like جاكيت is missing some diacritics... The ''keeyat'' could be easily seen as ''Keet'', couldn't it?

June 28, 2019


Yes, most read it as ja-keet. The audio is not perfect right now.

June 28, 2019


It's not really an Arabic word, so pronunciation varies a bit from French to English. I know it as jaakeet. As momobrika said ... the TTS-audio is kind of wrong here. Anyway, in MSA I would use ٌسُتْرَة

June 28, 2019
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