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May: مرحباً انا اسمي مي.
Danya: و أنا دانيا.
Timothy: Timothy here! Beginner, Lesson 11 - Call him! أهلاً بكم, hello, everybody and welcome to ArabicPod101.com. Today, we're joined by Danya and May.
Danya: أهلاًاً أنا داينا, Hi, I'm Danya.
May: مرحباً, أنا مي. Hello, I'm May.
Timothy: What did we cover last time?
May: Last time, we learned how to say, we do something.
Danya: We also learned how to say we have to do something.
May: It's your line Timothy.
Timothy: Huh, is it?
Danya: تيموثي هل أنت جاهز.
Timothy: لا, أنا لست جاهز, أين أوراقي؟
Danya: إنها على الأرض.
Timothy: آه,, شكراً
Danya: Let's just use that for our review dialogue.
Timothy: Oh.
Danya: Yeah.
Timothy: Yeah, I guess. Okay, but I used the word for papers in a form that we haven't heard before, so let's review it.
May: أوراق
Timothy: Papers.
May: I also used الأرض
Timothy: Okay, the ground.
May: الأرض.
Timothy: The ground. Okay, what are we going to cover today?
May: Today, we're going to learn the numbers 0 to 10.
Danya: We'll also learn how to make commands.
Timothy: The number 0 through 10 can be a lot to take in all at once as we're going to do in this podcast, so head over to ArabicPod101.com and check out the vocabulary list with the audio. There you can take your time to listening to each number at your own pace. Let's get in to today's conversation.
May: Danya and I are hanging out in front of the recording studio.
Danya: It's hot out here and we're getting inpatient waiting to get into record.
May: Our raw and recording engineer Mitch is late.
Danya: So we're going to call him.
May: This is a polite, casual conversation in standard Arabic.

Lesson conversation

مي: أين هو؟
دانية: لا أعرف. إتصلي به.
مي: ما رقم تلفونه؟
دانية: واحد أربعة إثنان صفر ثلاثة خمسة ستة تسعة سبعة ثمانية عشرة.
Eric: One more time with the translation.
مرة ثانية مع الترجمة.
مي: أين هو؟
Timothy: Where is he?
دانية: لا أعرف. إتصلي به.
Timothy: I don't know. Call him.
مي: ما رقم تلفونه؟
Timothy: What's his phone number?
دانية: واحد أربعة إثنان صفر ثلاثة خمسة ستة تسعة سبعة ثمانية عشرة.
Timothy: 1 (420) 356-978-10
Danya: Thank you, Timothy for making me say that ridiculously long number.
Timothy: I'm sorry. That's so true. So we had to record that like 20 times.
Danya: Just so you know. But in the Middle East, numbers are typically seven numbers as far as I know.
Timothy: Okay, what about area codes?
Danya: What about them?
Timothy: I mean if you are on side of Jordan and you want to call the other side.
Danya: Now, if you're in عمان and you want to call عقبة, another city, then you would have to use a city code.
May: Now, this is for landlines obviously. Cell phones don't have city codes.
Timothy: Okay, what about if you want to call another country?
Danya: Then you have to use country codes.
Timothy: How long is this city code?
Danya: A city code is typically two to three numbers.
Timothy: Okay and then country codes?
Danya: Usually what you would do is put 00 and then the code of the country which is like three numbers. So for example Saudi Arabia is 00966. Syria is 00963 and Jordan is 00962.
Timothy: So if I wanted to call كوين رانيا in Jordan, what would that phone number be like?
Danya: If you're calling from the States, you're going to have to put 011 instead of 00 and the number would be something like صفر واحد واحد تسعة ستة إثنان ستة أربعة خمسة سبعة ثمانية واحد صفر. Again, thank you for letting me say all the numbers today.
Timothy: We'll come up with some more for you to say a little later on. Okay, everybody, that's really how you would dial out of the United States, صفر واحد واحد. Into Jordan, تسعة ستة إثنان and into عمان ستة, but the rest of the number is something random. And we don't know if it's somebody's number, so please don't call it.
Danya: And whose number was in the actual conversation?
Timothy: That was just another random number.
Danya: So everyone, don't try this at home.
Timothy: Please, don't get us in trouble.
Danya: Yeah.
Timothy: All right, let's go on to the vocab. The first word.
Danya: إتصلي به [natural native speed]
Timothy: Call him (said to a woman).
Danya: إتصلي به [slowly - broken down by syllable]. إتصلي به [natural native speed]
Timothy: How do we say, call her?
Danya: إتصلي بها [natural native speed]
Timothy: Call her (said to a woman).
Danya: إتصلي بها [slowly - broken down by syllable]. إتصلي بها [natural native speed]
Timothy: If you are telling me to call somebody, what would you say?
Danya: اتصل به, if I ask you to call a man or اتصل بها if I was asking you to call a woman.
Timothy: So the command you call has different forms when addressing men and women.
May: To command a man to call, you would say إتصل به. And to command a woman to call, you would say إتصلي بها
Timothy: Okay, what's the next word?
Danya: ما [natural native speed]
Timothy: What.
Danya: ما [slowly - broken down by syllable]. ما [natural native speed]
Timothy: We've had this word before.
May: ما هذا؟
Timothy: What is this?
Danya: ما could also be used before superlative form of an adjective to express a degree of that quality. Like when you say how beautiful something is.
May: ما أجمل الاجو!
Timothy: How nice is the weather. Next word.
Danya: رقم [natural native speed]
Timothy: Number.
Danya: رقم [slowly - broken down by syllable]. رقم [natural native speed]
Timothy: Now, let's go through the numbers 0 through 10.
Danya: صفر [natural native speed]
Timothy: Zero.
Danya: صفر [slowly - broken down by syllable]. صفر [natural native speed]
Timothy: Okay.
May: واحد [natural native speed]
Timothy: One.
May: واحد [slowly - broken down by syllable]. واحد [natural native speed]
Timothy: All right:
Danya: إثنان [natural native speed]
Timothy: Two.
Danya: إثنان [slowly - broken down by syllable]. إثنان [natural native speed]
Timothy: Okay.
May: ثلاثة [natural native speed]
Timothy: Three.
May: ثلاثة [slowly - broken down by syllable]. ثلاثة [natural native speed]
Timothy: All right.
Danya: أربعة [natural native speed]
Timothy: Four.
Danya: أربعة [slowly - broken down by syllable]. أربعة [natural native speed]
Timothy: Okay.
May: خمسة [natural native speed]
Timothy: Five.
May: خمسة [slowly - broken down by syllable]. خمسة [natural native speed]
Timothy: Okay.
Danya: ستة [natural native speed]
Timothy: Six.
Danya: ستة [slowly - broken down by syllable]. ستة [natural native speed]
Timothy: Okay.
May: سبعة [natural native speed]
Timothy: Seven.
May: سبعة [slowly - broken down by syllable]. سبعة [natural native speed]
Timothy: All right.
Danya: ثمانية [natural native speed]
Timothy: Eight.
Danya: ثمانية [slowly - broken down by syllable]. ثمانية [natural native speed]
Timothy: Okay.
May: تسعة [natural native speed]
Timothy: Nine.
May: تسعة [slowly - broken down by syllable]. تسعة [natural native speed]
Timothy: All right.
Danya: عشرة [natural native speed]
Timothy: Ten.
Danya: عشرة [slowly - broken down by syllable]. عشرة [natural native speed]
Timothy: Okay, so what are these numbers good for?
May: They're good for telephone numbers.
Danya: They are good for addresses.
May: They are good for IDs like your Social Security number.
Timothy: Okay, what about counting things?
May: Well when counting things, you have to be careful with the gender agreement.
Danya: And then you have to worry about singular, dual and plural forms of whatever you're counting.
Timothy: So we'll hold off on counting things for another lesson after we've practiced the basic sounds of the numbers some more.
May: صفر
Danya: واحد
May: إثنان
Danya: ثلاثة
May: أربعة
Danya: خمسة
May: ستة
Danya: سبعة
May: ثمانية
Danya: تسعة
May: عشرة

Lesson focus

Timothy: Today, we got a short grammar point, it's the command form. First, let's review the verb to call. How do you say, I call?
May: أتصل
Timothy: How do you say to a man, you call?
May: تتصل
Timothy: And to a woman?
May: تتصلين
Timothy: Okay, now he calls.
Danya: يتصل
Timothy: And she calls.
May: تتصل
Timothy: Great. If we think about how all those words sounded, we can find a common stem, what was the stem?
May: تصل
Timothy: Which shows us the root of the word, which shows us the root of the word that we can use to look it up in an Arabic dictionary.
May: ت ص ل
Timothy: Now, let's hear I call again.
May: أتصل
Timothy: Now order a man to make a phone call.
May: إتصل
Timothy: So when we say I call, we start the verb with A but in the command form, it's E.
May: That's right.
Timothy: Let's compare the two, I call and call.
May: أتصل, إتصل
Timothy: Okay and for the feminine form, you just add E to the end. Say call to a man and then to a woman.
May: إتصل, أتصلي.


Timothy: Right, that just about wraps things up for today. Make sure to stop by ArabicPod101.com and pick up the review track. We'll really practice those numbers so you'll be able to understand them quickly. Don't forget to leave us a comment. Let us know how we're doing. Until next time.
May: إلى اللقاء.
Danya: مع السلامة.

Review Track