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What is the difference between "ʾeh dā ?" and &q

kellysensei
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What is the difference between "ʾeh dā ?" and &q

Postby kellysensei » July 1st, 2010 4:13 am

Can someone please explain to me the difference between the questions

ʾeh dā ? and
maa hatha?

Don't they both mean "what's this?" Are there situations where I should use one over the other?

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Postby jtleyba1844 » July 5th, 2010 1:31 am

Hi,

I haven't heard the phrase ʾeh dā ? But that doesn't mean anything since I've only been studying Arabic for about 8 months. Do you have the arabic script version of the phrase? I'd like to pop it into some translation software and see if it really comes back as What's This?

Is it possible it's a simplified version of maa hatha? Or maybe a local expresions, unique to a specific region?

Rach.

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kellysensei
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re: what's this?

Postby kellysensei » July 5th, 2010 4:02 am

إيه دا ؟

I saw "'eh da?" in newbie series season 2, lesson 14. The Arabic is above. I had only heard "maa hatha" before I saw this lesson...

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Postby jtleyba1844 » July 5th, 2010 11:06 am

:? Well I'm stumped. I cut and pasted the script into two different translators. No English equivalent. When I removed the space between the two words, I got "Given Anything".

Soooo my guess is it's a local dialect thingy......

I'd be interested to see what the arabicpod101 staff has to say...

Rach.

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Postby kellysensei » July 12th, 2010 11:47 pm

I actually heard my father-in-law same "eh di?" yesterday and he said it's an Egyptian dialect.

I wish there weren't so many dialects!!


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