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Lesson "Descrip 1"

I am a new learner of Arabic, as my wife and I hope to work in the Middle East next year. So far I am enjoying it very much, although I am still in the introductory lessons.

I am very puzzled by the lesson "Descrip 1" which often includes made-up script sounds with the number "3" stuck in the middle of phonetic sounds. So it will ask me for instance which arabic script means "bii3"

Is this just a bug, or do numerals have some sort of meaning in Arabic that I am missing?

I apologise if this is a really stupid question, but as I mentioned above I am an absolute beginner at this.

Thanks!

Anthony

September 27, 2019

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TJ_Q8
  • 1383

Well, this sound is not common in European languages so commonly, in the internet-age, people adapted the number "3" to write it down along with the rest of the Latin alphabet. It stands for the letter ع and was picked because of the similarity in shape. There are plenty of others as well but I'm not sure if Duolingo uses them:
2 = ء (hamza)
6 = ط
7 = ح

and there are others but anyway they are not a standard or official or anything, so many people might use different methods to convey sounds not available in English. However, the usage of "3" is quite common.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnthonyMar3436

Oh thank you so much!

Can you guide me how to properly pronounce ع please? I am not really picking it up from the app.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TJ_Q8
  • 1383

Welllll ..... i think youtube is the place to go to : https://youtu.be/OSwHMvc0zM4

and there are more videos like this all over


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StefanyMel325815

Very helpful. Thank You.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YPSILONZ

You need to read the Tips & Notes. They are on the web and mobile web version of Duolingo but not on the app. You can also find them here: https://www.duome.eu/tips/en/ar

But generally I would suggest that you find other resources to learn Arabic because this course here is very problematic.

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