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?

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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
    Commented Nov 9, 2013 at 9:57
  • In automatic rendering of Arabic names, I have sometimes seen "3". I do not know which sound that corresponds to though. Commented Mar 12, 2015 at 9:36

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