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Confusion on words with numbers attached to them

In the very early Arabic courses, there are occasionally words with the structure of "3ab" or "kii3" or "bii3" or something to that effect. The "3" sounds like an extended 'a' sound, but there's no context as to what the 3 actually means. beyond having a slightly different pronunciation. Is it similar to tones in Mandarin, or something else?

January 25, 2020



It represents a letter/sound similar to the letter “ a “ but is different so it doesn’t exist in the English language. They use numbers to represent the sound. The 3 represents ayn ع

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