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Hi, everyone! My name is Peryhan and this is Arabic Top Words. Today, we have the top 10 hardest words to pronounce, as you can tell from the title.
1.
قهوة
(ʾahwah)
"coffee"
For example, you can say -
أنا بحب قهوتي سادة.
(ʾanā baḥebb ʾahwetī sādah.)
"I like my coffee without sugar or milk."
For the word
قهوة
(ʾahwah)
the action standard Arabic word is
قهوة.
(qahwah)
with a little cough. But to ease it up, to make it easier to pronounce, we use the letter (ʾah).
قهوة
(ʾahwah). Sometimes for non-Arabic speakers, even the letter (ʾah) is kind of difficult to pronounce. That’s what makes it a little difficult.
2.
صبح
(ṣobḥ)
"morning"
For example,
أنا دايماً بكون مستعجلة الصبح.
(ʾanā dāyman bakūn mistaʿǧilah al-ṣubḥ)
"I'm always in a hurry in the morning."
For the word
صبح
(ṣubḥ),
lots of people cannot pronounce the letter
ص
(ṣ)
And sometimes, you mix it with
س
(s),
but morning,
صبح
(ṣobḥ)
is with a
ص
(ṣ)
صبح
(ṣobḥ).
3.
زنجبيل
(zangabīl)
"ginger"
زنجبيل
(zangabīl)
Is it? Yeah, it’s
زنجبيل
(zangabīl)
"ginger"
Sometimes, people mistake it for
جنزبيل
(ǧanzabīl)
so please don’t make this mistake. Yeah, it’s
زنجبيل
(zangabīl).
I have to talk. What a tongue twister. For example, you can say -
الزنجبيل كويس عشان الكحة.
(el-zangabīl kwayyes ʿašān el-koḥḥah.)
"Ginger is good for a cough."
If you put ginger with lemon, it’s even better for cough.
4.
أغنية
(ʾoġneyyah)
"song"
تحب تسمع أغنية إيه؟
(teḥebb tesmaʿ ʾoġneyyeẗ ʾeīh?)
"What kind of song would you like to listen to?"
I think it’s mostly difficult because of the
غ
(ġ).
5.
مشغول
(mašġūl)
"busy"
أنا مشغول أوي النهارده.
(ʾanā mašġūl ʾawī el-nahārdah.)
"I'm quite busy today."
And I think it’s also because of the
غ
(ġ).
6.
سلحفة
(solḥefāh)
"turtle"
Sometimes, people mix it with
سحلفة
(soḥlefah)
أنا زمان كنت بربي سلحفة.
(ʾanā zamān kont barabbī solḥefah.)
Did I say it right? Yeah.
"I used to take care of a turtle."
7.
امتحان
(ʾemtaḥān)
"exam"
عندي امتحان بكرة.
(ʿandī ʾemtaḥān bokrah.)
"Tomorrow, I have an exam."
8.
احتلال
(ʾeḥtelāl)
"occupation"
نهاية الاحتلال البريطاني في مصر كان سنة 1956.
(nehāyah el-eḥtelāl el-brīṭānī fī maṣr kān sanat 1956.)
"Termination of the British occupation in Egypt was in 1956."
9.
ربيع
(rabīʿ)
"spring"
بيتميز فصل الربيع في مصر بإنه مليان عواصف رملية.
(beyetmayyez faṣl el-rabīʿ fī maṣr bʾennoh malyān ʿawaāṣef ramleyyah.)
"Spring, in Egypt, is known to have a lot of sand storms."
Maybe
ربيع
(rabīʿ)
is difficult because of the
ع
(ꞌ)
so say
ربيع
(rabīʿ).
10.
خريف
(ḫarīf)
"fall or autumn"
For example, you can say -
بلبس جاكيت خفيف في الخريف.
(balbes ǧāket ḫafīf fī el-ḫarīf.)
This is a tongue twister.
بلبس جاكيت خفيف في الخريف.
(balbes ǧāket ḫafīf fī el-ḫarīf.)
"I wear a light jacket in fall."
Can I say it 10 times?
بلبس جاكيت خفيف في الخريف.
(balbes ǧāket ḫafīf fī el-ḫarīf.)
Okay, that’s it everyone. I hope you enjoyed the video. Why don’t you comment below the most difficult word you had encountered while learning Arabic. Bye-bye!

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