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What does "3" mean?

What does "3" mean in Arabic? Sometime is soundes like "R" And somethimes "y"?

September 30, 2019



These is part of several numbers used to write Arabic in Latin letters. This method is bad and not standard, my recommendation is not to bother with it for now. The letter is this one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayin#Arabic_%CA%BFayn


There is a short explanation here: https://duome.eu/tips/en/ar ("What's the Deal With the 2"). The idea is to use numbers for those Arabic characters that have no corresponding letter in the latin alphabet. This concept is also used for other letters.

Edit (after the question refering to "2" has been edited): The same holds for "3".


I have the same problem too, so thank you for the link! However in my opinion the text that may help us understand "3" the most is "ع = 3", because it explains how to pronounce it. Still, the whole site seems very helpful!


When I first met my wife she found this video to help me with the beginning stages. Now it's pretty old but he goes over the ع.


I hope it helps. Good luck.


Thank you everyone! This all helps a lot!

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