Pronunciation errors of non-Arab learners of Arabic language

Mansour Alsulaiman, Zulfiqar Ali, Ghulam Muhammad, Afnan Al Hindi, Taha Alfakih, Hussein Obeidat, Saad Al-Kahtani

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Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, but little attention has been paid to detect pronunciation errors of non-Arabs from different nationalities. In this paper, the speech of four nationalities of Asian non-Arabs speaking different mother languages is analyzed to identify their pronunciation errors while learning Arabic as a foreign language. Two human experts have evaluated the speech of all speakers for mispronunciation, and evaluation show that the nature of errors is almost the same for all nationalities under investigation with the fact that pharyngeal, alveodental, and interdental sounds are difficult to pronounce by learners of Arabic. Some of the errors are due to sounds that are not present in mother languages or the learner is unable to pronounce the phoneme correctly due to similar place of production or/and manner of articulation. An interesting observation is that pronunciation errors of some learners are due to switching pairs of phonemes.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Jan 2014
Event1st International Conference on Computer, Communications, and Control Technology, I4CT 2014 - Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Duration: 2 Sept 20144 Sept 2014


Conference1st International Conference on Computer, Communications, and Control Technology, I4CT 2014
CityLangkawi, Kedah


  • Arabic language
  • Arabic learner
  • non-Arabs
  • Pronunciation errors


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