Arabic Word of the Day 24#
*Hellooo! Today we're going to go through days of the week, so that we can link these to the last lesson which was about going to places, so let's start!:
*الأحد = "Al'ah^ad" = Sunday - You say "Al" first, then you pause, then you say "ah^ad" (don't make the pause long)
*الإثنين = "Al'ithnayn" = Monday - When we do numbers (which I should've done earlier!) you'll see there's a similarity between the days of the week and the numbers. "Al'ithnayn" is similar to the number 'two' which is "Ithnaan". "Al'ah^ad" is similar to the number 'one' which is "Waah^id".
*الثلاثاء = "Ath'ulathaa' " (althulathaa') = Tuesday - Here the 'l' is silent. It is also similar to the number 'three', which is "thalaatha".
*الأربعاء = "Al'arbi3aa' " = Wednesday - Say "Al" first then say "arbi3aa' " and you've got it. "Al'arbi3aa' " is similar to the word for four which is "Arba3a".
*الخميس = "Alkhamees" = Thursday - Similar to the word for 'five' which is "khamsa".
*الجمعة = "Aljumu3a" = Friday - Here is where the pattern ruins, as you can see, the first day of the week is similar to 1 and the second is similar to 2 and so on...
*السبت = "Asabt" (alsabt) = Saturday - Here there is a silent 'l' and you pronounce it like a double 's'.
*Yup there's the days of the week so get repeating these^. Here's a video on the Days of the Week if you want: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rve_6-voC70]
*اليوم = "Alyawm" = Today - If you translate literally it would be 'the day'; "al" represents 'the', and "yawm" means 'day'. But "alyawm" means 'today'. Make sure when you pronounce these, that you are saying "al" separately to "yawm".
*غدا = "Ghadan" = Tomorrow - If you've seen the video, it also mentions "Bukra" which also means tomorrow. However, that is in Dialect Arabic, not in Standard Arabic, and my posts will always remain Standard Arabic.
*الأمس / البارحة = "Al'ams (on the right)/ Albaarih^a" = Yesterday. Both mean 'yesterday', but I think that "Al'ams" is more common (and probably easier to pronounce). Choose what's best for you, but it's obviously better to remember both.
*So to make a simple sentence ( isn't really advanced but simplicity is the spice of life) :
*اليوم الخميس وغدا الجمعة = "Alyawm alkhamees wa ghadan aljumu3a" = Today is Thursday and tomorrow is Friday.
*Now to say "yesterday was Wednesday", we must add the past tense. We haven't gone through the past tense yet, but we will once we get better. For now, just remember this word:
*كان = "Kaana" = Was
*So to make a sentence we can place "kaana" either before "yesterday" or after it. It is basically like this:
1*الأمس كان الأربعاء = "Al'ams kaana al'arbi3aa' " = Yesterday was Wednesday OR we could say:
2*كان الأمس الأربعاء = "Kaana al'ams al'arbi3aa' " = Yesterday was Wednesday
*As an English speaker, I'd probably say that the first one is easier for you guys as it literally translates in the same order as it does in English, but have the second one in mind too, eh?
*Ok that's all for "alyawm". Thanks for Reading! Any Qs, Proof-reading, or suggestions for improvement or future topics, please comment below! Have a Great Day Everyone! ;D
Gracias Andres! Cuando escribes en español, me ayuda mucho. Yo mejoré; obtuve la máxima puntuación (full marks) en mi último examen de escritura! Lingots for you ;)
(correct me if I'm wrong please)
Tu español es muy bueno no veo ningun error, y buen trabajo en tu examen de escritura.
Gracias por los lingots
شكراً! انا افضل "بكرا" على "غدا"
because the word غدا makes me think of غداء which I find distracting!
Good choice, but it will take you a lot of dedication, are you ready? ;)