Friday, October 8, 2010

Arabic Pick #021

I wanted to share some of the Arabic words and phrases I've learned over the years. If you are an Arabic language enthusiast just like me, try to incorporate the words or phrases posted here into your daily vocabulary. Have fun!
Hala everyone and welcome back to "Arabic Pick". In this week, the Arabic word/phrase is...
English:  Family
Mimi:  I am the second child in the 3a2ila. I have  three sisters and only one brother.
Jino:  Uh-huh, my 3a2ila is smaller than yours. I  have  only one sister and two brothers.
~ "3" = 'ain in Arabic (no English equivalent). A very rough "a" and sounds like "aaa", e.g. 3ioni (aaa-yoo-nee) meaning my eyes.
~ "2" = hamza in Arabic (no English equivalent). A glottal stop or frozen "a" ("uh" or "ah"  as in alone, at, about, hat, bat), e.g. ya2s, be2r

P.S. I have learned the above words or phrases informally. Arabic speakers, please feel free to correct me. Thanks!