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Question about alphabet

I'm doing the Arabic course, and have hit the "Description" section. I'm getting a letter that that section transliterated as "3." Can anyone tell me what letter this is, and how it is supposed to sound in English?


July 9, 2019



The letter ع is called 3ayn. You can make the sound by practically choking or gagging (on purpose though- Duo doesn't want people dying 'cause of an attempt to sound out a letter). When you gag, you constrict the muscles in the back of your throat in just the right way.


The letter is ع. They write it as three cause it looks the same just backwards. I have no idea how to to write how its supposed to sound. That's probably why they write it as a three, cause it is impossible to describe how it sounds with typing. The closest i can get with typing is "eyen" as in eye with an "n" at the end. This link might help: http://www.viewpure.com/EGYdduvKyME?start=0&end=0


Thank you! This is very helpful.

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