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Arabic: ii/ee at the end of a word/phrase.

What country is the lady speaker in lesson 1 from please? I am quite curious about the pronunciation of what I call ee at the end of "words". The character has two dots underneath what could be described as a "u" in a sort of mirror image. Ian

July 2, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/Scipio_V

The lady speaker is a computer. I'm almost sure that they use the international phonetic alphabet or some other way to program the words by specifying each exact sound then let the computer imitate a voice speaking. They do this so that they can add or remove new material digitally without having to go into a studio and record a voice every time they want to modify the course.

July 2, 2019

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Thanks Scipio_V I spent 4 years in Dubai and had previously taught myself up to about lesson 7 in Linguaphone's Arabic. I was told that the very little Arabic I used was clear and what I heard an hour + ago did not sound right. But then once when I tried to speaking to some Morrocans I just could not get my Arabic to work.

July 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Scipio_V

If you want something to compare the computer's accent to, I think it would be modeled on Egyptian. But it is a computer so it probably does not pronounce everything perfectly.

July 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/IanMacG

Thanks for that. As far as I know Linguaphone used Egyptian and Moroccan speakers. Once when passing through Dubai International Airport I spoke to the 2 girls at the counter. They were Egyptians from Alexandria. I could understand then and vice versa - all 2 sentences each way.

July 2, 2019
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