I know I already made another post earlier today but I just had to tell this little thing... its really random and only an Arabic speaker might understand the mumble jumble I write here LOL
so... Om Abdullah (Om A)was BB-ing with Texan in UAE (Texan) who was talking to me from her landline. Om A asked us to ask our husbands for a few words starting with the Arabic letter noon (for her daughter's homework) So Texan's husband tell her "nakhla" (palm tree)-- and then I could hear Texan asking her husband how to spell it... then after a few seconds Texan asks me,
"Ask your husband how to spell 'nehala'."
and I could hear her husband telling her something in the background (but not clear enough to understand)...and I asked my husband
"So, (husband's name), would you spell Nahala-- 'n', 'e', 'h'..."
and he interrupted me and said,
"its 'naHla' not 'nahala'" -- allllll annoyed at my pronunciation LOL
so I tell Texan (while rolling my eyes),
"oh, so he is saying its 'naHla', not 'nahala'"
and Texan said,
"My husband is telling me the same thing!! that its 'nakkHHHHHHHla' and not 'nahala'"
allll she tells her husband my husband is complaining about the same thing he is and he starts laughing!
allllllll both our husbands at the same time are all annoyed at our pronunciation because we are having some difficulty with the Arabic letter "Ha" that you pronounce in the back of your throat LOL
-we need some practice to pronounce some of the letter correctly. It takes time especially coming from speaking a lazy language like American English LOL
oh...wait.. I speak Japanese, and some Spanish, French (well, I used to speak it really well but its pathetic now) etc... and then Texan speaks Spanish as well-- but in our defense...none of these languages have any letters pronounced in the back of the throat (oops well french does have one)!!
***oops correction I called Texan back after posting this and it turns out we were both pronouncing different words.. she was meaning Nakhla meaing "palm tree", while I heard it from her as nehala (she can't pronounce the harsh KH that is also pronounced in the back of the throat ), so I pronounced it like her and my husband was thinking she was meaning neHla, meaning "bee". LOL
Texan just told me--the funny thing is her sisters in law always laughs at her and once told her "Texan, when you say palm tree do you know what your saying?"
and she answered
"yes, palm tree"and her SIL said,
"no, your saying 'bee'"