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What is the most difficult letter in Arabic for Arabic learners?
Hello everyone.

They say that Arabic alphabet has several difficult letters for Arabic learners.

One of the most well known to be difficult is ض. (example: light ضوء).
We Arabs call our language: The language of Ddad (لغة الضاد)

As an Arabic learner, what is the difficult letter for you is ح خ ع غ ض ط ق ظ ....?




May 17, 2020 7:33 PM
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ع is very difficult for me 😂 and غ is not as difficult but it's still hard.
May 17, 2020
In my experience as a teacher, some letters don’t get enough attention:

ل — The /l/ sound in Arabic is often realized as a light /l/ in positions where it’s realized as a dark /l/ in English (and other languages). This isn’t difficult to correct, because both sounds exist in English, but a learner can go a long time without being made aware of the difference.

ه — The /h/ sound is often more aspirated in Arabic than it is in English (and other languages).

ح — It’s often the case that a learner doesn’t even know that they don’t know how to produce the /ħ/ sound. I’ve had intermediate students who couldn’t even hear the difference between the ح and ه. The reason is that, as I’ve mentioned above, the ه is often more aspirated in Arabic, so it’s actually somewhere between the English ‘h’ and the ح. A learner might be convinced that they’re producing the /ħ/ sound when they’re in fact producing the more aspirated /h/ sound.
May 17, 2020
some of the Arabic letters are so close to each other ( I mean so close in Pronunciation Position) for example the some of the tongue letters such as ح, ع and هـ. Also, letters like and ط) (ص and ت). For native Arabic speakers may be these letters are easy but believe me for others they are very difficult and sometimes tongue breakers:-) But of course letter ض is the most difficult letter in Arabic language and I believe that the majority of Arab speaking people do not pronounce this letter in the right way.
May 18, 2020
You may be right.

What do Arabic learners think about that?
May 17, 2020
i am an arabic native spicker
about ض can be easy for english specker because it seems like" the "
May 17, 2020
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Anas
Language Skills
Arabic, Arabic (Levantine), Arabic (Modern Standard), English, Turkish
Learning Language
English