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Confused in new Arabic Course

In the Alphabet 2 lesson I'm confused as to what the letters are supposed to sound like. The audio sounds like a TH sound to me but the options are all writing that sound as DH, which as a native English speaker I'm rather uncertain how that would even sound.

I'm not sure if its the audio being incorrect or the written English equivalent is incorrect, or if I'm way off base and just can't hear it right?

Anyone else having this issue?

June 30, 2019

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Zia177448

In English, there are actually two different pronunciations of the letter comination "th". For example, "this" has a different initial sound than "thin". To reflect this, the sound in "this" is transcribed as "dh" ( ذ‎), the sound in "thin" as "th" (ث) (at least the second one is what I'm used to, I haven't reached that point in the duolingo Arabic course yet).

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PhoenixRose77

Okay, thank you! This makes sense. I hadn't even relized "th" had two different sounds in English, but your examples made this obvious.

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LilHippo1

dh is like th but with a little less emphasis or power in the sound. I have arab friends who I practice arabic with and they can barely tell the difference

July 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PhoenixRose77

Thanks! That makes sense with what Zia177448 said as well.

July 5, 2019
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