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Hala: Welcome to Basic Boot Camp. This five pod series will help you ease your way into Arabic. We’ll go over all the basics that will really help you understand Arabic much quicker and easier, and we’ll have fun doing it.
Simon: In this lesson we’ll continue on with one of the essentials in Standard Arabic. In this lesson we’ll count from 100 to 10,000.
Hala: You will be listening to a government official who’s counting the people in his district, from one neighborhood to another.
Simon: So I'm reading the last count to the population in each district. Can you help me sort it out correctly?
Hala: Yes. We have 100 in the first district, 200 in the second, 417 the third, 621, 1,000, 3,590, 7,880 and 10,000.
Simon: Ok. Can you say those alone in Arabic? I want to hear them clearly.
أربعمئة و سبعون
ستمئة واحد و عشرون
ثلاثة آلاف خمسمئة و تسعون
سبعة آلاف ثمانمئة و ثمانون
عشرة آلاف
Simon: And once again, slower please.
أربعمئة و سبعون
ستمئة واحد و عشرون
ثلاثة آلاف خمسمئة و تسعون
سبعة آلاف ثمانمئة و ثمانون
عشرة آلاف
Simon: Great! And if we can hear it once again, with the translation please.
أربعمئة و سبعون
one hundred,
two hundred,
four hundred and seventy
ستمئة واحد و عشرون
ثلاثة آلاف خمسمئة و تسعون
six hundred and twenty-one,
one thousand,
three thousand five hundred and ninety
سبعة آلاف ثمانمئة و ثمانون
عشرة آلاف
seven thousand eight hundred and eighty,
ten thousand
Simon: So being in Egypt and enjoying the wonderful food you have here, how much will it cost for an average meal?
Hala: Well, actually not very much. Below 100 for sure, depends on the place and the meal.
Simon: Wow. So what about a very nice meal?
Hala: Well, it could go all the way to 300 and more, depends on the meal and the place. The same thing can cost 100 in one place and 250 in another.
Simon: If you ask me, I don’t think that’s very much considering how fresh and good everything is here. Over 100 is very acceptable for me.
Hala: Great. So let’s take at the vocab used in this lesson.
Hala: [غالي] [ġaalī]
Simon: Expensive.
Hala: [أكل] [ʾakl]
Simon: Food.

Lesson focus

Simon: Ok, so let’s take a look now at how to construct and use these numbers.
Hala: Ok. Now, I know this will sound strange but I will need everyone to trust me for three minutes.
Simon: Ok, I can trust you but can I ask why?
Hala: First I will tell you how to construct numbers from 1,000 till 10,000. Then I will go back to 100 to 1,000.
Simon: I have to admit that sounds strange but I'm sure you’ve got a good reason which I’d like to know about after you’re done.
Hala: That’s a deal. So let’s start with a quick reminder. On the previous lesson, we did number 1 to 100.
Simon: Yes, and it was very easy using the pattern system.
Hala: Great. And we will do that again here. So we had 3 until 9, we removed the [ah] sound at the end, replaced it with [ة عشر] [ẗa ʿašar] for the teens and [ون] [ūn] for the tens.
Simon: Yeah, that was it.
Hala: And we will do it again now. 1,000 is [ألف] [ʾalf],
2,000 is [ألفين] and to form 3,000 until 10,000, we will simply keep the same [ah] sound that we had in the basic form and add to it [ة آلاف] [ẗa ʾālaāf]. Please note there’s a silent [ت,ti] sound before [آلاف] [ʾālaāf].
Simon: So let me try this first. So [ثلاث] [ṯalāṯa] would be [ثلاثة آلاف] [ṯalāṯaẗa ʾālaāf]?
Hala: Perfect, Simon. And we are going to apply this for the rest, making [أربعة, أربعة آلاف] [ʾarbaʿah, ʾarbaʿẗ ʾālaāf] [خمسة, خمسة آلاف] [ḫamsah, ḫamsaẗ ʾālaāf].
Simon: Sound easy enough. Add [ة آلاف] [ẗ ʾālaāf] to the basic form of the number until 10,000 or [عشرة آلاف] [ʿašraẗ ʾālaāf].
Hala: Yes, which takes us back to the hundreds. It’s the only one that has a slightly different form.
Simon: And how’s that?
Hala: Well, we say 3 plus hundred. It’s easy but the sound of the number will slightly change here. The numbers will take an [u] sound to replace the [ah] at the end, before adding [مئة] or “hundre”.
Simon: So [ثلاث] [ṯalāṯa] is 3, [مئة] [miʾah] is 100. It’ll be [ثلاث مئة] ṯalāṯu [miʾah].
Hala: You got it correctly. And 400, [أربع مئة] [ʾarbaʿu miʾah], 500 [خمس مئة] [ḫamsu miʾah].
Simon: 600, [ست مئة] [sittu miʾah]?
Hala: 700, [سبع مئة] [sabʿu miʾah]. 800, [ثمان مئة] [ṯamaānu miʾah]. And finally 900…
Simon: [تسع مئة] [tusʿu miʾah]
Hala: Perfect.
Simon: Well, adding the [u] instead of [ah] sound is easy enough.
Hala: True. It just needs some practice.
Simon: I'm sure we’re all planning to do that.
Hala: Great. And here is a tip: numbers starting 11,000 and going up will remain the same but add [أَلف] [ʾalf] or 1,000 after it. To say, for example, 11,000 will be [أحد عشر ألف] [ʾaḥada ʿašar ʾalf]. 40,000 will be [أربعون ألف] [ʾarbaʿwun ʾalf]. Even 765,000 is [سبع مئة خمسة و ستون ألف] [sabʿu miʾah ḫamsah wa suttuūn ʾalf]. It’s as simple as that. Just keep adding [ألف] [ʾalf] to any number that you want to form until you reach one million, and then do the same but adding “million” this time to the number. For example, [أَحَدَ عَشَر مِليُون] [ʾaḥada ʿašar milyuūn]. That will be 1,100,000,000. And that’s it.
Simon: That makes it much better. Thanks. So tell me, Halla, what will be the price for a nice meal for four people here?
Hala: From 300 to 500 pounds.
Simon: And what’s the most expensive meal that you’ve paid for?
Hala: Ouch, not a happy memory for me. I was trying a new restaurant, and I still have no idea what I ordered since it was offering food from four different countries. And I ended up paying 470 pounds. That is nearly 15 times more than a good average meal.
Simon: Ouch. Sorry I asked but I had to know.
Hala: No problem. I learned my lesson the hard way.


Simon: And don’t forget that you can leave us a comment on this lesson.
Hala: So if you have a question or some feedback, please leave us a comment.
Simon: It’s very easy to do. Just stop by ArabicPod101.com.
Hala: Click on ‘Comments’.
Simon: Enter your comments and name.
Hala: And that’s it.
Simon: So no excuses, we’re looking forward to hearing from you!
Hala: Thanks for listening, everyone!
Simon: Byebye!


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hi everyone! This lesson is in Modern Standard Arabic. Let's practice together in the comments!

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Saturday at 06:18 AM
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Hi Adil,

What do you mean :O?


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Saturday at 10:18 PM
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:disappointed: numbers are so far off, cant continue till problem is resolved

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Hi Nasr,

'umrii tis'ata 'ashru 'aaman عمري تسعة عشرعاما


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Tuesday at 02:37 AM
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How would you say "I am 19 years old"?

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Friday at 10:51 PM
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Hi Mingming,

Thank you for the feedback. We'll keep that in mind when making future lessons!:thumbsup:


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Mingming Medrano
Wednesday at 05:01 PM
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*-- Please recite the numbers more slowly and in order like in lesson notes. Please? :) Because it's making me dizzy when you recite another number and I have to search for it while you are already reciting other numbers. The searching ate a lot of time hence I can't catch up soon.

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Hi Rasheed,

You're right. We apologize for the mistake. Our team is going to try to fix it soon.

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Rasheed Ali
Wednesday at 10:44 PM
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ahad ashura million is 11million, no? Sounds like she said 11 hundred million.

Great presentation Thank you!

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Hi Alanna,

Thank you for your feedback. We'll see how to develop the lesson notes to help the listeners understand the correct pronunciation. We're currently adding romanization to all Arabic vocab and sentences so we hoep this would be also helping you understand the pronunciation correctly.

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