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INTRODUCTION
Gina: Hi everyone, I’m Gina.
Hala: And I’m Hala!
Gina: And welcome to Culture Class: Essential Arabic Vocabulary, Lesson 8! In this lesson you'll learn 5 essential words related to Society and Culture. These are five examples of Pop and traditional culture in the Arab world. Hand picked. You can find a complete list of vocabulary at ArabicPod101.com
FIVE KEY VOCABULARY ITEMS
Gina: Hala, what’s our first word?
Hala: مسلسلات
Gina: TV soap operas
Hala: (slow) مسلسلات (regular) مسلسلات
Gina: Listeners, please repeat:
Hala: مسلسلات
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gina: Egypt used to be very well-known for good soap operas, but lately Syrian and Turkish soap operas are becoming more and more popular. -
Gina: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Hala: (normal) المُسَلسَلاتُ التُركِيَّة مَشهورَة جِدّاً في الشَرقِ الأَوْسَط هَذِه الأَيَّام.
Gina: Turkish soap operas are very popular in the Middle East these days.
Hala: (slow) المُسَلسَلاتُ التُركِيَّة مَشهورَة جِدّاً في الشَرقِ الأَوْسَط هَذِه الأَيَّام.
Gina: Okay, what’s the next word?
Hala: أَغاني البوب
Gina: pop music
Hala: (slow) أَغاني البوب (regular) أَغاني البوب
Gina: Listeners, please repeat:
Hala: أَغاني البوب
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gina: The most popular pop artist in Egypt is Amr diab. His first album marked the beginning of a new era of Arabic music. -
Gina: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Hala: (normal) أَغاني البوب بَدَأَت تَحظى عَلى اِهتِمام أَكبَر بَعدَ ظُهور عَبد الحَليم حافِظ.
Gina: Pop music started getting more attention in Egypt after Abdel Halim Hafez appeared in the music scene.
Hala: (slow) أَغاني البوب بَدَأَت تَحظى عَلى اِهتِمام أَكبَر بَعدَ ظُهور عَبد الحَليم حافِظ.
Gina: Okay, what’s the next word?
Hala: أفلام كوميدية
Gina: comedy movies
Hala: (slow) أفلام كوميدية (regular) أفلام كوميدية
Gina: Listeners, please repeat:
Hala: أفلام كوميدية
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gina: Comedy is the most popular movie genre in Egypt. The most famous comedian in Egypt is Ismail Yassin. -
Gina: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Hala: (normal) الأَفلام الكوميدِيَّة هِيَ دائِماً صاحِبَةُ أَعلى إيرادات في السينِما المِصرِيَّة.
Gina: Comedy movies are always the top selling movies in Egypt.
Hala: (slow) الأَفلام الكوميدِيَّة هِيَ دائِماً صاحِبَةُ أَعلى إيرادات في السينِما المِصرِيَّة.
Gina: Okay, what’s the next word?
Hala: رَقص شَرقي
Gina: belly dancing
Hala: (slow) رَقص شَرقي (regular) رَقص شَرقي
Gina: Listeners, please repeat:
Hala: رَقص شَرقي
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gina: In Egypt, people used to have a belly dancer perform at their wedding. However, this tradition is now fading away. -
Gina: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Hala: (normal) الرَقص الشَرقي لَيْسَ سَهلاً كَما يَتَصَوَّرُ الجَميع.
Gina: Belly dancing isn't as easy as many people think.
Hala: (slow) الرَقص الشَرقي لَيْسَ سَهلاً كَما يَتَصَوَّرُ الجَميع.
Gina: Okay, what’s the last word?
Hala: شيشة
Gina: hookah
Hala: (slow) شيشة (regular) شيشة
Gina: Listeners, please repeat:
Hala: شيشة
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gina: Most cafes in the Middle Eastern countries offer shisha, also called hookah, arguileh, or hubble bubble. -
Gina: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Hala: (normal) المِصرِيُّون غالِباً ما يُدَخِّنون الشيشَة بِطَعمِ التُفّاح.
Gina: Egyptians usually smoke apple flavored shisha.
Hala: (slow) المِصرِيُّون غالِباً ما يُدَخِّنون الشيشَة بِطَعمِ التُفّاح.
QUIZ
Gina: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the words you just learned? Hala will give you the Arabic – please say the English meaning out loud! Are you ready?
Hala: مسلسلات
[pause]Gina: TV soap operas
Hala: أَغاني البوب
[pause]Gina: pop music
Hala: أفلام كوميدية
[pause]Gina: comedy movies
Hala: رَقص شَرقي
[pause]Gina: belly dancing
Hala: شيشة
[pause]Gina: hookah

Outro

Gina: There you have it – five examples of Pop and traditional culture in the Arab world! We have more vocab lists available at ArabicPod101.com, so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Hala: Bye.

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Which one of this lesson’s traditional activities would you like to watch when you go to the Arab world?