Question by Woomblebat: What do the numbers mean in a phonetic translation of arabic to english?
For example, I asked for a translation of a nasheed and someone found it. Only I have not idea how to enounce stuff like “da3” “3anka” and “3ad”. Is this some enciphering error or do they stand for sure sounds not happened in our alphabet?

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Answer by G. #2
The numbers written in phonetics of Arabic in English represent letters (sounds) which do not exist in English language, so we replace them by numbers.Ex: Number 3 represents letter ع which is a letter/sound which doesn’t be in English

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