Arabic Word of the Day 11#
*Hello Again! :) Today we'll start going through our new topic on Greetings and Introducing. In fact, it is my bad, I should've went through this first but at least by the end of this post, I won't have to write my greetings in English no more ;)
*مرحبا = "marh^aban" - Hi/hello/welcome. So this word does end with an 'alif' (a) but there's something called "tanween" on top of the 'alif' (which I'm afraid I can't show you, let alone teach sorry!) but basically it acts a bit like vowels but we're learning how to speak so... (same excuse all the time)
*أهلا = "ahlan" - Hi/hello/welcome. This word also means "hi" and "hello" and "welcome" and , just like the above, it has tanween. You could use either really though this one is probably easier to pronounce correctly.
*صباح الخير = "s^abaah^ alkhayr" - Good morning. So "s^abaah^" means 'morning' and "alkhayr" means 'the good' when you translate literally.
*صباح النور = "s^abaah^ alnoor" - Also means Good Morning but the one above is probably more common, but both are common so I thought it'd be good for you to know them both. "alnoor" here literally means 'the light'.
*مساء النور/ الخير = "masaa' (alnoor/alkhayr)" - Good Evening, just like above, you can use "alnoor" or "alkhayr". This also means Good Afternoon as well.
*تصبح على خير = "tus^bih^ 3ala khayr" - Good Night. "tus^bih^" literal meaning 'to wake up' and "3ala" means 'on' and "khayr" meaning 'good' (you may have noticed a similarity between this word and that above).
- In Arabic, there is NO word for 'the'. The two letters (أ ) and (ل) joint together make the sound "al" which means 'the'. So whenever you see these letters together, know that this means that it is 'the ....' (don't worry if this hasn't made sense, I will go through this at some point, for now remember the phrases above).
*Thanks for reading ;p Any Qs, please ask me below and any mistakes made please tell me and I'll fix them. Any subjects or phrases that you would like me to make a post on in the future, also feel free to tell me :) I have also made a special post if you haven't already and would like to press here: [https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/32014965] Have a lovely 3rd of May! (ps: if you didn't know already, this amazing month 'may' in Arabic, is pronounced 'mayo' just like in Spanish! ;D)
Marh^aban Mudarisa Sassy, thanks for making this post. Now I know how to greet people in Arabic.
One quick question for you, I was on YouTube and the teacher off there said that if someone says Marh^aban to you, that the other person would always respond back by saying ahlan, so If someone says Marh^aban to me, should I always reply with ahlan?
Yes, it would be better if you said "ahlan" in reply (there is no real reason as to why this is, it just sounds better) but it doesn't really matter so much. It's obviously better to know more than one in case you forget one, you've got the other. I could compare this to English: so say I said "hi" to you, would you respond "hello" or "hi" back? I mean it doesn't matter which one, but we seem to prefer to respond with something different, right? I think that's the same here ;) but don't worry, if you forget "ahlan" , don't stand there and try to remember it, just say "marh^aban" back (no-one notices these little details). Thanks for the good question, it made me think of something I don't normally think about at all ;D
Mudarisa Sassy thank you again for posting this awesome and unique discussion , like always I going to try and say some Arabic words, correct me if I do something wrong thank you.
'urid faqat 'an 'aqul 'iinak tanshur 'afdal munaqashatan wa'ahbiha. (I just want to say that you post the best discussion and I love it.)
P.S One lingot for you because you post these hard discussion every time, and I always learn something new!
"ureed faq^at an aq^ool in'akee tanshureen afdhal almunaaq^ashaat wa uhibuhum" - Nice Yousef, but remember I'm a girl, above you have used masculine form ;D Nice Try you got it perfect, except from the fact you did it about a guy and not an amazing girl - like I am (JK);3
Tanween, it indicates the noun or adjective to be (indefinite), and it is in nomanive a double d^amma ( ُ ) pronounced (-un) and is put above ( ُ ). In accusative it is a double (fath^a) ( َ ) pronounced (-an) and is put on the last letter and put an Alif ( ـًا ), but it is put without an Alif if the last letter is sometimes a Hamza ( ء ) or Taa' marbuuta ( ة ). In the genitive it is a double (kasra) ( ِ ) pronounced (-in) and is put down the last letter. Easy yeah?
Hey guys! they've added new contributors to the Arabic 5 hours ago, cool eh? Our chance is bigger now :3 but they've started back to 0%, because they're trying some new technique or something ;D Oh well there's a lot more people now :D