I'm a bit perplexed that more people know Arabic is an official language of Israel than Hebrew.
Listen to that. Is it correct? There's only one vowel sound at the end of that word. And it's equivalent to an English long "a" sound as in the American pronunciation of "cake." (or "bed", in an Afrikaans accent, which sound bizarre to an American) Preceding this there is a "y" (j) sound. So... In Italian is the letter "i" used to represent the sound "y" and the letter "e" used to represent the sound "a" or "e"....? I assumed the "i" represented the vowel sound I was hearing at the end of the word, the "e" represented a schwa, and the "y" sound was simply a product of accent or placement of adjacent phonemes.
It's been a long time since I took phonology but the stop in deter, time, etc in English is either retroflex or alveolar depending on dialect and accent, is it not? Anyway it's not the same sound as the flap in American English "water," even though the sound is represented by the same letter in written English, and most English speakers wouldn't know this without being told to pay attention. That was the point.
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Data from Ethnologue seems to support this (Chinese wins for first language speakers, but English wins overall), though this article says that English is more commonly spoken at home too.