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10:48 Jun 2, 2001
English to Arabic translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: patricia
it is a english name
stephen cartwright

Summary of answers provided
na +1بَترِيشاRaghad
Mounir El Boughdadi
naباترِشاFuad Yahya



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I assume that you are asking for a phonetic transliteration of the name in Arabic script.

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The Arabic alphabet has no letter for the sound P. When the Persians adopted the Arabic script, they found a way to represent the sound P by placing three dots under the letter ب instead of one dot. That special character is not part of the Arabic keyboard (it should be), so I cannot enter it in this posting.

Since the transliteration is strictly phonetic, it depends on how you wish the name to be pronounced. If you want the name to be pronounced PAT-RISHA, then the Arabic should be باترِشا

If you want the name to be pronounced PAT-REESHYA, then the Arabic would be باتريشيا

Neither one is wrong. It all depends on how you wish the name to be pronounced by those who will read the Arabic version.

Both are represented here with B instead of P. If you wish to follow the Persian method, arrange the dots in an inverted pyramid shape (two dots, then a dot below).


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Fuad Yahya
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 7167
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43 mins peer agreement (net): +1

Patricia could be written:
بَتريشا (the long vowel is replaced with a short vowel or what is called an Arabic diacritic.)
Anyway please note that the first letter – ب – is an equivalent of the letter b. to give it the sound of the letter p it should be triple dotted (A Persian ب)

Local time: 12:42
PRO pts in pair: 160

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agree  AhmedAMS
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I noticed that both first and second translators gave a little bit complicated transliteration of the name; but looking back to how foreign names are transcribed in Arabic, one can notice that it's the nearest pronounciation to Arabic that is adopted. In this case, it is the French version of the name.
Therefore, to me it sounds more Arabic to spell the name "BatreeSSya" instead of "Batre'sha" or "Batreeshya".
As to the P, it is understood to the Arab reader and does not need to be emphasized by the three dots!

Mounir El Boughdadi
Local time: 10:42
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic

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