"عَفْواً يا مَها."
Translation:You're welcome, Maha.
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Hi, my question doesn't have anything to do with the translation, it's about the little "bubble" above the letter making the sound "f". I thought it meant that there was no vowel afterwards...so, isn't "uu" considered a vowel? And if it isn't, why is there an exercice where the two same letters follow one another and where the "f" doesn't have this "bubble"? I hope someone can explain this mystery to me. :(
1 Is that a rhetorical question?
2 ya is just what they say before a person’s name - to let them know you’re talking to them.
In Middle English, it’d be “O” (think Shakespeare or some of the Christmas carols). There are a lot of colloquial words we’d still use for this, like “hey” (e.g. “hey Maha,”) etc but ‘ya’ is more polite and formal, not just colloquial.
So, you can just skip it when translating into English - but remember to use it when translating from English into Arabic.
There isn’t just one way to speak or to translate Arabic. There are regional and national variations, and everything in language depends on the context too.
So, the answer to 1 is: yes.
But there is more than one possible translation. Usually depending on where you are in the world, who’s speaking and the context of it.
Nice to know but don’t get hung up on it.
From my observation only, Duolingo tends to reject translations which are not the dialect they’re focusing on and could be misinterpreted out of context (because so many people would then get confused and upset about it).
Arabic is a relatively new language to Duolingo so it isn’t as honed as some of the European languages which have been running longer. Obvious errors get fixed faster than things which are, quite literally, debatable.
عَفْواً يا مَها is translated as "Exuse me, Maha." or "Entschuldigung, Maha." in both English and German.
"You're welcome, Maha" was translated as "You're welcome" in the English-German course (Duolingo) and that is something completely different.
What is right now? Both???
Thanks in advance for your answers.