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Hala: HI EVERYONE IN ARABIC "Hi, everyone!"
Mustu: Mustu here! Pronunciation Series Lesson 4 – Stressing Arabic letters
Hala: Hi, this is Hala, and I am joined here by Mustu.
Mustu: So we're progressing quickly with our pronunciation lessons, isn't that so?
Hala: So far we have covered the dark letters, and the soft letter for each one as well.
Mustu: We also covered similar sounds that might be little confusing, because many people will think they are the same. But now we know the difference!
Hala: And today, we will talk about a rule that says that when we have some letters that sound the same, we basically pronounce and stress one of them, because its hard to pronounce each one clearly.
Mustu: Ok, how does that work exactly? And with which letters?
Hala: Let me answer the second part first, letters like “ta” and “ṭa”, to give a more clear example, the words vaccination in Arabic is spelled “ta- ṭ-ʿ-ī-m”, when slowly it should be “taṭʿīm”, but in reality Its pronounced “taṭʿīm”.
Mustu: What I noticed here, is that you pronounced both as the dark “t” sound.
Hala: Yes, because it’s easier this way, another word is spelled “mu-ta-ṭā-wi-l” but pronounced “mutaṭāwil”.
Mustu: Same thing, you pronounced both with the dark “t” sound!
Hala: Yes, another two letters that could be pronounced nearly as one, are “da” and “ta”.
Mustu: I think we need examples for that!
Hala: The word “tadāwul”, its spelled “ta-dā-wu-l” but I pronounce it “tadāwul”, the “d” in this word is not very visible.
Mustu: Yes, I noticed that. Any more of these letters?
Hala: Hmm, well, this could also happen with words that have the dark and soft “s” sound, and they don’t even follow each other directly.
Mustu: So, there is a letter between them?
Hala: Yes, the idea here, is that both of them will be pronounced closer to the dark letter, not the soft one.
Mustu: And the example to support that?
Hala: One word is spelled “ mu-s-ta-ṣ-la-ḥ “, and its pronounced “mustaṣlaḥ”.
Mustu: Can you repeat it again please?
Hala: Sure thing! “mustaṣlaḥ”.
Mustu: Right, in all the words we did so far, the dark letter effected the soft one!
Hala: That’s a very good point Mustu, yes, because the dark letter is stronger and deeper, it actually effects the entire word!
Mustu: Any more examples for this case?
Hala: Sure! First we spell a word “ta-b-ṭ-ī-n”, but we pronounce it “tabṭīn”.
Mustu: And here it was the dark and soft “t”.
Hala: Yes, you’re picking up on this quickly!
Mustu: I will need more listening practice, but now I get how it works!
Hala: Great, I hope our listeners can hear the difference faster now!
Mustu: That just about does it for today.
Hala: Premium members, use the review track to perfect your pronunciation.
Mustu: Available in the premium section of the website,
Hala: the learning center
Mustu: and through iTunes via the premium feed,
Hala: the Review Track gives you vocabulary and phrases followed by a short pause so you can repeat the words aloud.
Mustu: The best way to get good fast!
Hala: Okay…