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Differentiating between light and heavy
letters is critical to
pronouncing Arabic correctly.
Let's say it again: Critical.
Try not to be a student of Arabic who
says light letters instead of heavy
letters... when the letter is clearly
Learning Arabic means putting a little
extra time, in the beginning, to hearing
between isolated heavy and
isolated light sounds.
Keep going! You're almost there.
English speakers have a hard time
capturing the heavy sounds-- and
tend to alter them to light sounds or
skip over them entirely.
a dot under transliterated heavy sounds.
Heavy letters are frequently
light letters in Egyptian Colloquial/Spoken Arabic.
Why is this good news?
Because light sounds are much easier to