"Good evening, what is your name?"
Translation:مَساء اَلْخَيْر، ما ٱسْمَك؟
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Yesterday when I clicked on that final icon, I expected that a door would open wide, saying,
"Congratulations on having completed the first segment of "Beginning Arabic". In our next segment, we will continue with numbers. Using the fingers of both hands, even savages can count to ten and, using their toes, perhaps even to twenty, But Arabs are deeply into numbers: they introduced that mind-boggling idea of zifr to the West—without which, the West would be nowhere close to where it is now. So we will now learn how to construct the rest of the numbers. And, speaking about numbers: we will learn about singular, dual, and plural. And In the context of that, we will introduce comparisons: comparative and superlative (yes, I realize, you have only one of those—but, considering, one is enough: whomever you compare him to, God is always greater), and diminutives. And logically, we will discuss money. And, counting time, we will learn about dates—as well as past, present, and future. We also must learn how to use a dictionary—Arabic/English—so we need to learn about roots of verbs, and how all words are derived from these roots—no, nor "T-shirt" and not "Cee Dee", but roots like H-M-D, which make hamd, Hamid, Muhammad, Mahmood, etc. etc. etc.
But instead of being greeted by that bright open door, I fell through a trapdoor into a sewer. This is all there is? If that were the case, however, it would not even have been worth to start. So what are you planning to do about it?
And since I do not know how to contact you, I am using the only route I do know of, and will stick this into the first comment hole that opens. Peace be upon you.
"shu" is a very Levantine, colloquial word. Even in Jordan "aysh" is used instead of "shu". However, in a more formal Arabic, "ma ismuka" is more common (think Egyptian or Saudi). "Ma ismuka" would never be used in an informal setting in Lebanon for instance, it would always be "shu ism-ak/ik".
I just cannot get this to work. The first letter of ٱسْمَك displays as an empty box in my system. It should be something like اسْمَك, but duolingo won't accept that: there must be some diacritical mark on it, but I can't find out what it is, because all I see is an empty box. What should it be? And how do I enter it? (This is one of the times in which duolingo seems to be the most infuriating program that I have ever used, and I've used a lot of remarkably infuriating programs. DUOLINGO ADMINISTRATORS, ARE YOU LISTENING?)
It just happened again. I have serious problems with my laptop not showing the first character in ٱسْمَك . Because it won't show it, I don't know which character it is. This is probably font related, so one way for me to solve it would be if someone has a computer which can display it, and could then tell me which font they were using.
I now know what the "funky accent" is: it's alif waslah. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic_diacritics#Alif_waslah
People seem generally to have a lot of problems rendering Arabic diacritics correctly: see, for example, https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/how-to-type-numerals-diacritical-marks-special-letters-for-transliteration.73383/page-2
It would be a great help if the Duolingo people would give us some help and/or recommendations about getting this right.
We know what it is--we have heard its name before and, yes, it's pretty. But it's pedantics and complete overkill to require it as an answer in this course. What % of people completing this course are doing so as preparation for a classical Arabic exam? Close to zero? How many want to learn how to speak, write and read Arabic? 100%?
Requirements like this--and indeed discussions like this in the comments--feel to me like people trying to seem oh so super smart. Just remove these extraneous details from the course.