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Letters (continued)

Now, in this point, you will learn about the value(s) of each letter with a comparative approach to some other languages.
Before that, you should get acquainted to some words used in naming other possible forms of some of the letters:

This word is exactly what we call "hamza" (Persian: hamze) in Perso-Arabic writing system. It is equal to Hebrew consonant "Aleph" and in Arabic orthography is used to represent the sound of a glottal stop, transliterated in English as an apostrophe.
In Prsik, Perso-Arabic letter and sound "`ayn" is also written with "mul" because in Persian there is no difference in the articulation of "hamza" and "`ayn".
When we say "mul am", it means that a mul comes immediately before the vowel "am"; and when we say "am mul", it means that the mul comes immediately after the vowel "am".
"Mul" is a Persian word derived from the Persian infinitive "mulidan" (to delay, to pause) and means "delay, pause". This is because when you have a mul, you should have a very slight pause and should not pronounce the next sound immediately. In the word "bad" (bad), we pronounce all the sounds immediately one after another; but in the word "bd" (then), we pause slightly before pronouncing the sound "d": ba-[pause]-d.

This word has no exact equivalent in English but literally means "a thing that binds or relates something to another". It comes from the Old Iranian root *band- (to bind) from Indo-European root *bhendh- (to bind). You will learn more about its usage in "Some Rules and Items" section.

Letter A, a
This letter has two main forms: A and .
"A" is pronounced like "a" in English "bad", in Hebrew "mayim", and in Arabic "fahim".

Example: parande (bird), mard (man), jahannam (hell), bad (bad).
Examples for "mul am" (): masle (problem), sant (industry), vost (vastness, area).
Examples for "am mul" (): bd (then, afterwards, next), mni (meaning), sy (attempt), ry (vote).

"" is pronounced like "a" in English "garden", in Hebrew "lavan" (white), and in German "Bahn".

Examples:  brn (rain), sl (year), mdar (mother).
Examples for "mul m" (): mert (Liter. mirror), erb (terror, terrorization), anm (tip, gratuity).
Examples for "m mul" (): ejtem (community, society), erj (reference), ettel (information, informing).

"" shows that the letter "m" is pronunced "" in formal speech and usually "u" in informal speech or colloquialism: nn (nn / nun), brn (brn / brun), ... . Note that it is not always necessary to write this kind of "" like ""; but you should not write "u" instead of "" or "". It is mandatory to use "" in all Persian dictionaries to show how the word is pronounced in colloquialism. Also, when writing an informal speech, you should use "" if the "m" is pronounced like "um".

Letter B, b
Exactly like "b" in most of other Indo-European languages.

Letter C, c
Exactly like "c" in Italian words "vincere, cibo, certo, ci, ...", "ch" in English word "chat", and "tsch" in German word "Deutsch".

Examples: catr (umbrella), moc (wrist), cera (why), cub (wood).

NOTE: After sounds (not letters) "s" and "z", the consonant "c" is written like "" to avoid misreading and mixing up with  "sc" and "zc" which are pronounced differently.
You should bear in mind that the main letter for English "ch" in Prsik is "", but for ease of use, we write it like "c" because in most cases "s" and "z" do not come immediately before "c".
Examples: howze (little pool, small basin), tizang (sharp-clawed), bzini (turn-over), kse (little bowl, little cup).

NOTE: When "c" comes immediately after letters "s" and "z" ("sc" and "zc"), it changes their pronunciation
respectively to "sh" like in English word "cash" and "j" in English/French word "deja vu" or French "j".
Examples: scoml (north), scirin (sweet), Maschad (Mashad, a city in Iran), koscti (wrestling), tizescm (sharp-sighted) [see the difference between "s" and "sc" in one word], musc (mouse), mascl (torch).

Letter D, d
Exactly like "d" in most of other Indo-European languages.

Letter E, e
Almost like "e" in English "bed", German "trennbar", and Italian "bello".

Examples: medd (pencil), se (three), be (to), ke (that, which, ...), ketb (book).

Examples for "mul em": jom (Friday), jor (gulp, sip), entf (flexibility), enks (reflection), monm (beneficient).
Examples for "em mul":
tl (omen), tlbini (horoscope), mottal (well-informed), jm (universal), dm (execution, putting to death), tedl (moderation).
Examples for "mul": man (prohibition, ban), scam (candle), sar (epilepsy), joz (jot, part, particle), scey (object, thing).


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