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Ask an Arabic Teacher – How Many Arabic Sounds Don’t Exist in English?

Ask an Arabic Teacher – How Many Arabic Sounds Don’t Exist in English?


hi everybody
this is Nora from Arabic Pat 101.com welcome to ask a teacher where I will
answer some of your most common Arabic question in the previous lesson we
talked about English sounds that don’t exist in Arabic so in this lesson we’re
going to answer the question how many Arabic sounds don’t exist in English
when people listen to Arabic they may fall under the illusion that Arabic has
so many sounds that don’t exist in English and that it’s going to be
extremely difficult to speak in but like I said it’s only an illusion in fact out
of the 28 sounds that exist in modern Standard Arabic only ten sounds don’t
exist in English moreover a lot of these sounds aren’t even used in spoken
dialects and are reduced to sounds closer to their English counterparts
let’s take a look at the letters that are like an exaggerated version of
sounds that already exists in English bugged which sounds like an exaggerated
D sound like the D in double like the word Dom on Baughman meaning warranty
sod which sounds like an exaggerated s sounds like vs insult like the word
subber meaning patience next we have thought which sounds like an exaggerated
T sound like the T in Tom like the word month order meaning rain whoa which
sounds like an exaggerated the sound like the the sound in brother like the
word volume meaning darkness hat which sounds like an exaggerated H sound like
the H sound in howl like the word hum meaning dream commonly known as Hamza
which is basically a glottal stop like the up
sound in Oh like the word Ana meaning I as you can see these five are more
familiar to you than you think now let’s take a look at the four sounds
that might not be as familiar with these you might need some listening and
speaking practice to get used to them tough like the word call meaning he said
hub like the word held meaning vinegar I’m like the word Amen which means among
the capital of Jordan a rain like the word Rossella
meaning he washed take a look at our ultimate Arabic pronunciation guide
series for more information these sounds don’t exist in English but some of them
exist in other languages perhaps in your own language so tell us in the comments
section also if you have any more questions please leave a comment below
and I will see you in the next episode you

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