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Marḥaban ǧamīʿan, ʾanā Carole! Hi everybody! I’m Carole.
Welcome to ArabicPod101.com’s Al-ʿarabiyyah fi ṯalāṯi daqāʾiq. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Arabic.
In the last lesson we learned how to count dollars. Did you practice at home?
In this lesson, we're going to learn other useful tips to talk about your schedule—for example, if a friend asks you "What are you doing this weekend?"
Let’s start!
To ask a friend or someone you already know, you say:
māḏā satafʿalu ḫilāla ʿuṭlat nihāyati al-ʾusbūʿ?
[slowly] māḏā satafʿalu ḫilāla ʿuṭlat nihāyati al-ʾusbūʿ?
Let’s break it down.
māḏā → is "what".
satafʿalu is “are you going to do?”
ḫilāla is “during”
ʿuṭlat nihāyati al-ʾusbūʿ is “the weekend”
What if you’re not asking about this weekend? Asking about a different time period is as easy as replacing ḫilālaʿuṭlat nihāyati al-ʾusbūʿ ?
If you are asking about tomorrow or any other day of the week you can say – māḏā satafʿalu ġadan? (meaning “tomorrow”) or māḏā satafʿalu al-ṯulaṯāʾ (meaning “Tuesday”). The prefix “sa” can be added to any verb to indicate that the action is happening in the future.
Of course if you are talking to a woman you should change the ending of the verb “do” or satafʿalu into satafʿalīna.
māḏā satafʿalīna ḫilāla ʿuṭlat nihāyati al-ʾusbūʿ?
māḏā satafʿalīna ḫilāla ʿuṭlat nihāyati al-ʾusbūʿ?
So now, if someone asks you - māḏā satafʿalu ġadan? how can you answer?
Here is an example: ʾanā ḏāhibun ʾilā al-ʿamal. “I am going to work.” “ḏāhibun ” is used for male speakers and “ḏāhibatun” is used for female speakers.
ʾanā means “I”, ḏāhibun means "going", ʾilā means “to,” and al-ʿamal means "work". Feel free to replace "work" with any other location!
As we learned before, we can use the “sa” at the beginning of the verb to mean the future, so we can can say saʾ aḏhabu ʾilā al-ʿamal.
Now it’s time for Carole’s Tips.
In some Arab countries, such as Saudi Arabic and the United Arab Emirates, the weekend days are not Saturday and Sunday, but rather Thursday and Friday. In Syria, the weekend is only one day a week: Friday.
In this lesson we learned how to talk about your schedule. Next time we are going to learn how to tell people your nationality.
I'll be waiting for you in the next Al-ʿarabiyyah fi ṯalāṯi daqāʾiq.
ʾ arākum fi al-marrati al-muqbilah!
See you next time!


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Friday at 02:30 AM
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Hi Arwa,

Yeah, it is the same in Egypt as well!


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Wednesday at 10:20 PM
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actually in Saudi Arabia Thursday is last day of work while Friday and Saturday are weekends. 😇😇😇

Friday at 08:22 AM
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Hi John,

sataf'alu means going to, as in "will do (something)".

dahibun means going to, as it heading to a destination.

I hope this helps!


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Sunday at 05:30 PM
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Just checking, for "going" when do you use sataf alu and when do you use dahibun?


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Wednesday at 12:43 AM
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Hello Annisa,

Thank you for studying with us!

Should you have any questions, please let us know.



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Annisa diviyanti
Tuesday at 11:24 PM
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👍 good lesson, it's so benefit for me... thank you so much

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Thursday at 05:48 PM
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Hi Daniel,

Thank you for the suggestion. We'll work on adding vocabularies introduced in this series soon, so that you can use the flashcard systems for this series.

It might take few weeks to complete, but I'll post here again when it's done.

Thank you.


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Saturday at 10:37 PM
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Thanks for another good lesson Carole.

Would it be possible to get the flashcards function for this and the other lessons on this series?