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Postby Maykal » Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:30 pm

Assalaamu 3alaykum,

I have a question about the pronounciation.
From learning spanish I'm used to have strict rules for which syllable to stress. Is there any indication in arabic
showing me what syllable has to be stressed? I have heard that when a word contains a long vowel then stress falls
on the syllable containing the long vowel, but what about words containing 2 or more or even not a long vowel at all?
Is there any general rule for that?

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Re: Pronounciation

Postby Ehab » Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:46 pm

Wa 3alaykum assalaam Maykal;
Normally the (saaken latter - consonant) decides the syllables, like the word (madrasah مَدْرَسَة) is two syllables where the (daal letter) is (saaken) so it would be (mad-rasah).
But I'll be honest with you, the issue of syllables and stress is not common thing in Arabic cause we use short vowels (7arakaat حركات) which makes the need for such issue less important.
Here at ArabicPod, as we use podcast to teach Arabic, where listening is the main source of learning, so we tend to teach you the words with syllables are embedded so you get used to it and learn it right from day one.

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