Some sounds don't exist in Italian, such as the Arabic sounds dad (ض), qaf (ق), or ain (ع).

Are there letters or syllables for these sounds?


As other languages using the Latin alphabet, Italian doesn't have letters for foreign sounds; the word is written using Latin characters in a conventional way.

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    Sometimes latin sounds can't be used to make the same word, since they are quite specific and limited sounds. I guess in that case, if the actual sound is important, a system like IPA may be used?
    – d11wtq
    Nov 9 '13 at 9:57
  • In automatic rendering of Arabic names, I have sometimes seen "3". I do not know which sound that corresponds to though. Mar 12 '15 at 9:36

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