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Arabic Word of the Day 7#

*So last time we went through hair colour and this time we're going to go through the length of our hair and style.

*مجعد = "muja3ad" = curly

*مموج = "mumawaj" = wavy

*ناعم = "naa3im" OR أملس = "amlas" = straight (hair only). In fact, both of these words, literally translate to "smooth/soft" but they are used to describe hair as being straight as well :)

*أصلع = "as'la3" = bald (just makes life easier for you, no need to brush anything, no need to say much either :p )

*طويل = "t'aweel" = long (also used for height, meaning tall)

*قصير = "q^aseer" = short (also used for height as well)

*متوسط الطول = "mutawasit' alt'ool" = medium length (also used for height)

*So now we can make the sentence a bit longer: so last time we said "أنا لدي شعر أسود " (I have black hair) now all we have to do is add "and" and a word above^. So, do you remember the word for 'and' (take a moment to pause this video and wait till the class has answered...) ... Yes! you are right Andres, it's "و" (wa) - a small letter with a big impact! Now here's an example:

  • (أنا لدي شعر أسود و طويل) "anaa laday'a sha3r aswad wa t'aweel" = meaning, "I have long, black hair"... But literally: "I have hair black and long" (don't forget! In Arabic, the adjective goes after the noun!) You could also make the sentence longer and add the style all you need is the power of a punctuation mark! So: (أنا لدي شعر أسود ، طويل و مجعد) meaning: "I have long, black and curly hair" - notice, that the comma is upside down in Arabic writing. One last thing, in English, you could just say "I have long, black, curly hair" but in Arabic, since the adjective is after the noun, you must add "and" in the list (if that makes sense... hopefully!)

*Thanks for reading :) Any questions, improvements, or if a proof-reader has noticed a slop, please tell me! ;)

April 29, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheLord2k1

عبقرية كالعادة , احسنتِ!

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

شكرا :)

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

Mudarisa, the word you wrote شكر is that pronounced something like “shukara”? I have been working on my Arabic alphabet and I thought that I could read that word.

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbdallahAlNamura

She wrote شكرا It is original شكرًا with a tamween, spelled [shukran] Sh-K-R-A The alif here is not pronounced, it is written for the tanween.

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

Thank you AbdallahAlNamura, Your comment was very helpful! :)

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Lol he explained it better than I was about to, thanks Abdallah :)

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbdallahAlNamura

No problema amigo :) I'm here for help. A surprise (I'm only 14 years old o)

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbdallahAlNamura

SASSYandsisters, hehe

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

;p Hh! [flicking hair back] "haha I can do something you can't! I can flick my hair back! hahahaa!!! ;P

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

Now I can make a previous sentence from post 6# little longer " Anaa laday’a sha3r ashk’ar wa q^aseer, (I have short blond hair.) if I did not get the sentence structure or translation right please let me know.

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbdallahAlNamura

You can say Ladayya sha3r-un ashqar-un qas'eer. لدي شعرٌ أشقرٌ قصير

Or simply, sha3r-ee ashqar-un qaseer (my hair is blond and short) and it is more common and simple in dialects and MSA. شعري أشقرٌ قصير

In Arabic, you can write two adjectives respectively without 'and'

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

I didn't know that, thank you!

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbdallahAlNamura

Welcome, any problem in Arabic. Just call me, I'll answer and help :)

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Nice! But can you say it Maestro? :D

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

I think I am saying it right Mudarisa,

Great new! I have been on YouTube for a good bit researching the Arabic writing system, and I have taught myself over half of the Arabic alphabet! :) I have put this to practice by trying to read a little bit of Arabic (I obviously don't know what the words mean) but I am able to read them and then I look up the pronunciation and try to see how close I got!

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

@_@ Are you trying to replace me?! ... JK Lol, well done ;p You're doing good! if you master the alphabet then learning these words will be so much easier for you. :) You tube is the best choice after real classes so continue (ps: certainly don't trust Google Translate for Arabic) ;p

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

No, I am not trying to replace Mudarisa LOL,

I have already learned not to trust Google for Arabic. Google is great for maps but languages is not the best thing they offer.

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

You'd better not be rebelling on me... :P

Well, it's ok for words most of the time, but for Arabic, you can never trust it. One time I wrote "jumper" on Google Translate and it literally translated it to " قفز"(jump) and "ا" (~er) and added it together to make "قفاز" (apparently jumper although in fact, it means glove)... @_@

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbdallahAlNamura

Yup, Google translate at Arabic is worse than ISIS

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

XD what??!!

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbdallahAlNamura

Nice as every time.

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Thanks, your proof-reading is just as good, it's useful to have another native speaker check my posts :)

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbdallahAlNamura

Glad to see someone take care of Arabic, our education is bad. Our culture is going down, we should do something or Arabic will lose its place between major languages

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Arabic will never lose its place, trust me. Arabic is the best!! ... After Amazigh of course ;p hehe! ... JK no, Arabic is actually the best! :3

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joseph798977

:) Nice comment again :) up voting right a way. :P

ladaya shaear 'aswad mtwst ​​altul ( I have medium long black hair )

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Thanks a lot! Good answer (Ps: you accidently wrote "medium, long" for the translation, do you mean "medium", I think I confused you when I wrote medium length) ;)

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joseph798977

yea, lol

April 30, 2019
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