Learning the Arabic language: learning to read Arab's mind, and other cultural delicacies

From a western point of view, speaker of a language B (Catalan)

Learning the Arabic alphabet, vowels stresses and Arabic numbers

Arabic alpahabet has 28 consonantic letters, and one of the things which drives people crazy, first of all, is the number of forms each letter has: 4, one for each position in a word; there's "Solar and lunar letters", or letters without a link to the next letter in their second and third position in words; and now, scream: there's NO VOWELS in Arabic! Fortunately, usually 3 of them are used -anyway, all the forms of a letter are kind of close to each other-, and vowels can be used in the case of being a new learner (stresses called dhammah (-u), kasra (-i), and fatha (-a) + súkun above a vowelless consonants). Then we can see, also when we notice that each letter is linked to a particular sound (unlike in English Spelling) and that the shape of some numbers is close to each other (1-10:١ ٢ ٣ ٤ ٥ ٦ ٧ ٨ ٩ ١٠), that Arabs can be also pragmatic.

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