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Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby tareq » Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:11 am

I will try to pick an arabic pharse and post it with the meaning.


خمس دقايق بس
khamas daqayek bass

It means ' only 5 minutes'

It is equal to "one moment' in english

or so
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby Ferret » Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:41 am

I like the idea of this but I think for beginners you will need to write the words phonetically (as they spoken) so that the learner can pronounce them properly.
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby tareq » Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:00 pm

Hi ferret

can you pronounce this "khamas daqayek bass"?

khamas means five
daqayek minutes
bass only

how about you ask and I respond? You tell me a daily SIMPLE english phrase. I or any one around post the arabic translation for it.
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby Ferret » Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:08 pm

This is SIMPLE. Just not phonetic. You need to explain HOW to say it.

Break it down into components.

If not then you will be giving phrases out that will be mis-pronounced!

Teaching a foreign language online is pointless if you do not teach it in a broken down form.
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby tareq » Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:13 pm

I google phonetic arabic but could not find any thing..

Ok. can you just explain it in an example?

give me a phonetic for an arabic phrase you know so I can understand and do the same.
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby tareq » Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:15 pm

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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby Ferret » Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:29 pm

No, not the phonetic alphabet.

Ok, Shanta is easy, we say it how it is spelt.

What about hossan for horse. I would say this hoss-arn

Not hass-an.

For example in English the words subtle, know, plumber, none of them are spoken how they are spelt, phonetically they will be -sut-ul , n-o and plum - er
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby Dalia » Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:45 pm

Is there anyone on here who doesn't know who to say "only five minutes" in Arabic?

And how long are five Egyptian minutes in real time anyway? Image
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby Ferret » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:20 pm

Very true... time has no meaning in reality
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby tareq » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:32 pm

Ferret wrote:No, not the phonetic alphabet.

Ok, Shanta is easy, we say it how it is spelt.

What about hossan for horse. I would say this hoss-arn

Not hass-an.

For example in English the words subtle, know, plumber, none of them are spoken how they are spelt, phonetically they will be -sut-ul , n-o and plum - er


I see what you mean.

kha-ma-s da-qa-ye-q ba-s

it means only five minutes but usually that time can extend to 30 minutes. :)

I do not want to generalise but It is true that lots of egyptians are late in lots of situations.
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby Ferret » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:47 pm

Amazes me why people spend so much on watches tbh.

Saying that, I am always 10 minutes late for everything myself now, I couldn't stop the poor timing so I joined it :D
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby Dalia » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:14 am

tareq wrote:I see what you mean.

kha-ma-s da-qa-ye-q ba-s


According to this, no beginner would know how to pronounce it. They would need to know a) what a qaf is and b) that it's being replaced with a hamza in Egyptian Arabic.

Even when using the "proper" transcription (which is kind of difficult because there are different systems out there), the pronunciation is not necessarily clear. So unless someone is already familiar with the Arabic language and its letters/pronunciation, it is impossible to teach them without any audio support.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanization_of_Arabic
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby Tigerlily » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:54 pm

Tarek, thanks for opening this thread and please let more harder phrases come our way. I always like a challenge. :cute:
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby Dalia » Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:25 pm

How about some nice swear words? Image
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby Ayisha » Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:40 am

then there is the problem of dialect :D

here this phrase would be

Hamas dageek, bas

5 mins in Egy = 1 moment English :D
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby Ferret » Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:43 am

Dalia, well said. I did try lol.

Unless it is broken down into its entire simplistic form, learning this way is almost pointless.

Hard to imagine a glottal stop let alone understand where in a word it should be!
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Go Play with the Lion

Unread postby tareq » Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:34 pm

روح العب مع الاسد

rooo-7(h) El-3a-b Ma-3a Al- Asad

Go rooo-7(h)

play El-3a-b

with Ma-3a

The Lion Al- Asad

You say that to someone if you are in a situation and there is a third person coming and you want him/her to go away to give you a chance to talk or so.

It means Leave us alone for sometime to talk/discuss and go find some fun playing with the Lion.

Lol :biglaugh:
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby Nasto » Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:31 pm

Tareq,

what 7 and 3 stand for here?
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby Shanta Gdeeda » Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:59 pm

I'm not Tareq but...

7 = ح

3 = ع
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Re: Daily arabic phrases and meaning

Unread postby Nasto » Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:53 am

Thank you, Shanta :)
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