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"OK!"

December 22, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edward927427

Duolinguo translates يلا as alright, and
تمام as ok. But OK and alright are synonymous... Anybody know the difference between يلا and تمام ?


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

يلا means common I don't understand why Duolingo is teaching those in the first place, are you targeting a slang dialect?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edward927427

Thanks for your reply Ayyash. Do you mean بلا is a more colloquial way of saying تمام ? I’m happy to learn some colloquialisms as well as more formal words, just good to know which is which! When I was living in Morocco, everybody used وها (may be misspelt?) to say ok, but maybe that’s Moroccan dialect?


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

Tamam means okay, but Yalla is slang and it means "common", "let's go", it never means "ok". And it is slang, although descended from a more formal expression: يا الله: Ya Allah. Which also is part of a longer statement: Bismella: in the name of Allah. So yes, you get up, and you say: Bismella, ya allah, yalla.

Though the moroccan word you said, I never really heard of, it might be true, I live in Jordan, Moroccan dialect is not completely known to me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edward927427

Ah, now I understand, you mean "come on!" Yes, that's the meaning of يلا which I know, like when you're telling somebody to hurry up. It does sound as though تمام is more similar in meaning to alright or OK. Thanks for your input Ayyash!

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