Why do Arabic words have numbers?

Have you noticed when Arabic speakers are writing some Arabic word in English they sometimes use numbers? This is because some sounds in Arabic have no equivalent in English.

These letters are the following:

  • 2- corresponding to the letter hamza (ء), which is a glottal stop such as when you say “uh-oh”. It sounds like this.
  • 3 – corresponding to letter ‘ayn (ع). It sounds like this.
  • 7 – corresponding to letter haa’ (ح). It sounds like this.

There are others, but these are the most widely used ones, and are the most necessary.

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