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"Your telephone is cheap, Reem."

Translation:هاتِفِك رَخيص يا ريم.

September 12, 2019



Does رَخيص mean inexpensive? ...or low quality?


What the difference between هاتف and تلفون ?


Wow oQ5L4! I was disappointed that the word for telephone wasn't a calque of the European word, in the way CD and laptop are. Disappointed, only because it's so much easier for a learner to remember the vocabulary, given that most of it is so far from Indo-European languages. So, thank you, oQ5L4, for asking this question, and I wait with bated breath for the answer. Though I notice that you made your comment four months ago, and still no reply. Please, someone, answer!


oQ5L4, KatieC993112:

"tilfuun" and "haatif" are synonymous. The difference is that: "tilfuun" is borrowed from another language (i.e. French) while "haatif" is original from Arabic. Some native speaker (not in Duo's forum) says that "haatif" is a better term than "tilfuun".


Well, I appreciate that you replied to the question. I wonder which word was the first to come into existence? Or did hatiif have a different meaning before the telephone was invented?


Hi I am so sorry I have made some typos before. It should be "haatif."

For your questions, I am not sure which one comes first but "haatif" is from the "hatafa" word that means "to shout".


Thanks. I am obsessed with derivation, so I'd already checked the etymology of haatif (and thanks for the transliteration correction) and found it entertaining that it comes from a verb that means "to shout". ههههه


KatieC93112, you're welcome! :))


It's such a simple thing to add!


It should be هاتِفُكِ "haatifuki" if we follow Standard -- and not "haatifik" which is a Slang.

Update: my comment is correct. But, I got a downvote. Why? :((

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