Hey forum. I've been thinking about the letter ع as well as ق (but mostly ع) and it seems I'm having trouble producing the sound in certain cases. It seems almost impossible to pronounce ع with certain letters with short vowels or no vowels in between. Does the sound of the ع get softened to the point where it sounds like a hamza? I can't understand how a human being can possibly sound this word out without adding some vowel in between the ق and the ل. I guess what I'm asking is, are there instances where ع is articulated differently? I just really hate the sound of a bunch of guttural letters jumbled together, resulting in one of my least favorite words مقطع...Well, it's not like the language is going to change for me.