Using toponims and names to learn alphabet is a brilliant idea!

It really helps initially when you don't know many words yet, and I even think there could be more exercises with them! All kinds of them - Mikes and Bills and Kates - they all can be big and amazing and happy and what not! It's also so entertaining to find out the meanings behind the Arabic names! Like I had no idea that Karim Benzema was generous by name! Or that there are so many happy people out there! Thank you Duolingo!

July 3, 2019


I agree, Kareem was the first name I found the derivation of from the course. More toponyms would be great.

FWIW, In the Korean course the developers used a lot of what they called "loan words"

These were words that sounded very similar in korean to how they sounded in english.

a few examples:

파티. Party. The Korean spells pah-tee

코피. Coffee. The Korean spells kah-pee

콜라. Cola. The Korean spells koh-r/l ahh

부산. Busan. The Korean spells. boo-sahn

Are there Arabic words that sound similar to their English translation?

alcohol sounds sort of like كحول - kahul

Anyone have ideas on something like this?

July 3, 2019

you don't happen to speak german but pineapple in german as well as arabic is pronounced /ananas/

July 3, 2019

Hah, in Russian too. So no I know one more word in both German and Arabic, terrific!

July 3, 2019

Oh, for now I only knkow garage that sounds close to it`s English brother - كراج

In Japanese course they try to incorporate maximum of loan words too, luckly Japanese has a lot of them! Party and coffee, of course, yeah)) Coffee is coo-hee and party is the same as in Korean^^

You reminded me that I wanted to learn reading Korean, thank you!

July 3, 2019

here is one from lesson 6

Libya ليبيا

I deconstruct the words in to individual letters like this

(ل ي ب ي ا)

July 3, 2019

From Spanish pronunciation you can get:

Alemania - Germany - أَلْمانْيا

Francia - France - فَرَنْسا

Inglaterra - England - إِنْجِلْتِرا

Australia - Australia - ُسْتُرالْيا

Holanda - Holland - هولَنْدا (well, in fact, Países Bajos - The Netherlands)

And those are the ones i've seen for now.

July 14, 2019
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