Thinking About Arabic Sounds

أهلا وسهلا يا شباب!

Each word below is pronounced twice by the same speaker, but there are slight differences between the two pronunciations. For each pair, tell us which clip sounds more "Arabic" to you, and why (be as precise as you can). Record your observations on the worksheet provided, and we'll see you in class!

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Word 1: Clip 1A

Which of the pronunciations sounds more "Arabic" to you?

Why?

مَحَلّ Clip 1B

Word 2: Clip 2A

Which of the pronunciations sounds more "Arabic" to you?

Why?

جَبَل Clip 2B

Word 3: Clip 3A

Which of the pronunciations sounds more "Arabic" to you?

Why?

مُفاصَلة Clip 3B

Word 4: Clip 4A

Which of the pronunciations sounds more "Arabic" to you?

Why?

رَخيص Clip 4B

Word 5: Clip 5A

Which of the pronunciations sounds more "Arabic" to you?

Why?

اِشْتَرى Clip 5B

Word 6: Clip 6A

Which of the pronunciations sounds more "Arabic" to you?

Why?

روح Clip 6B

Word 7: Clip 7A

Which of the pronunciations sounds more "Arabic" to you?

Why?

لَيْل Clip 7B

Word 8: Clip 8A

Which of the pronunciations sounds more "Arabic" to you?

Why?

الخارِج Clip 8B

Word 9: Clip 9A

Which of the pronunciations sounds more "Arabic" to you?

Why?

زار Clip 9B

Word 10: Clip 10A

Which of the pronunciations sounds more "Arabic" to you?

Why?

تَعال Clip 10B

Word 11: Clip 11A

Which of the pronunciations sounds more "Arabic" to you?

Why?

كاليفورْنيا Clip 11B

Word 12: Clip 12A

Which of the pronunciations sounds more "Arabic" to you?

Why?

البَحْر Clip 12B