I've seen a lot of Arabic transliterations with numbers in them and I'm wondering... What do they actually mean? Sure, I guess they're suppossed to represent a phoneme of some sort, but aren't transliterations supposed to be able to be, y'know, read? How do you read each number anyway? And why use numbers instead of any other symbol?
Please excuse me if this is a dumb question, I'm totally clueless about the language
Numbers in transliterations