For Arabic: What letters sound rolled and what letters are guttural?

For Arabic: What letters sound rolled and what letters are guttural?

Out of curiosity, why does it matter to you?

Would it make you more likely that you will select Arabic as the language you’d pick?

Because I am learning it

Oh okay. So that’s the one you ended up picking?

What made you decide finally?

He needs to ask questions about every single language then he will decide.

I’m gonna just fiddle around with all these languages and see which one I like best

It looks like Portuguese is the one!

He’s trolling for sure. This is one of the strangest questions I’ve ever heard coming from a beginner. How would a guy who asks how to learn the Ukrainian alphabet and which one to learn of Brazilian and Portuguese variants of Portuguese know (or want to care) what a guttural letter is?

Because I am also learning Arabic so I need to know what the letters sound like. I mentioned Ukrainian because I was trying to decide what language to learn first.

The term “guttural letter” won’t tell you what they sound like. You have to learn each sound individually, which is actually what most people tend to do as they start learning a language. They don’t care about technical terms at all but only want to learn the sounds themselves.


Like “h” The most significant sound that English speakers hear in Arabic are the three corresponding letters to h. The first ( ) ﻩ is exactly equivalent to the h, and is thus very light, almost not heard at all. The noise comes from friction in the upper throat. The second ( )ﺡ comes from deep down in the throat, from actual friction from the vocal cords themselves. It sounds a little like blowing warm air on your cold hands or very fine sandpaper. The third ( )ﺥ is very rough, almost like collecting phlegm. It is very similar to the last sound in “Bach.”

This is taken from this ressource

Of this three sounds the third one corresponds exactly to Spanish j
the first one is like English h or even softer

there are also faryngeal and glottal sounds.