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INTRODUCTION
Alisha: Expressions with Negative Connotations, Part 1
Alisha: Hi everyone, and welcome back to ArabicPod101.com. I'm Alisha.
Sherif: And I'm Sherif!
Alisha: This is Must-Know Egyptian Arabic Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 9. In this lesson you'll learn expressions with negative connotations, part 1.
Alisha: Even if you don't want to use expressions that have a negative connotation, it is important to understand them to be able to read situations correctly.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
Alisha: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Sherif: بيئة (bīʾah)
Sherif: نحس (naḥs)
Sherif: كره العمى (kurh el-ʿamā)
Sherif: كوسة (kūsah)
Alisha: Sherif, what's our first expression?
Sherif: بيئة (bīʾah)
Alisha: literally meaning "environment." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "low class."
Sherif: [SLOW] بيئة [NORMAL] بيئة
Alisha: Listeners, please repeat.
Sherif: بيئة
[pause - 5 sec.]
Alisha: Use this slang expression when you want to describe someone or some place as low class. If you overuse this word, people might think you're a snob.
Alisha : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sherif: [NORMAL] .الولد ده بيئة متكلميهوش [SLOW] .الولد ده بيئة متكلميهوش
Alisha: "Don't talk to this guy, he's low class."
Sherif: [NORMAL] .الولد ده بيئة متكلميهوش
Alisha: Okay, what's the next expression?
Sherif: نحس (naḥs)
Alisha: literally meaning "jinx." When it's used as a slang expression, it means the same.
Sherif: [SLOW] نحس [NORMAL] نحس
Alisha: Listeners, please repeat.
Sherif: نحس
[pause - 5 sec.]
Alisha: Use this slang expression when you want to associate a person or an object with bad luck.
Alisha : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sherif: [NORMAL] .إنت شكلك نحس [SLOW] .إنت شكلك نحس
Alisha: "I think you jinxed me."
Sherif: [NORMAL] .إنت شكلك نحس
Alisha: Okay, what's our next expression?
Sherif: كره العمى (kurh el-ʿamā)
Alisha: literally meaning "hatred of blindness." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "extreme hatred."
Sherif: [SLOW] كره العمى [NORMAL] كره العمى
Alisha: Listeners, please repeat.
Sherif: كره العمى
[pause - 5 sec.]
Alisha: Use this slang expression when you want to express extreme hatred of something or someone.
Alisha : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sherif: [NORMAL] .أنا بكره الحقن كره العمى [SLOW] .أنا بكره الحقن كره العمى
Alisha: "I hate injections with every fiber of my being."
Sherif: [NORMAL] .أنا بكره الحقن كره العمى
Alisha: Okay, what's the last expression?
Sherif: كوسة (kūsah)
Alisha: literally meaning "zucchini." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "favoritism."
Sherif: [SLOW] كوسة [NORMAL] كوسة
Alisha: Listeners, please repeat.
Sherif: كوسة
[pause - 5 sec.]
Alisha: Use this slang expression when you want to express a situation as unfair.
Alisha : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sherif: [NORMAL] .متأكد إنها كوسة. عدد الأصوات طبعاً أقل من كدة [SLOW] .متأكد إنها كوسة. عدد الأصوات طبعاً أقل من كدة
Alisha: "I'm sure it was favoritism. The number of votes is definitely less than that."
Sherif: [NORMAL] .متأكد إنها كوسة. عدد الأصوات طبعاً أقل من كدة
QUIZ
Alisha: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I will describe four situations, and you will choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
Alisha: You notice that your friend’s car is always correlated with unfortunate events. How do you describe his car?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sherif: نحس
Alisha: "jinx"
Alisha: You warn your friend that a jacket they want to buy looks low class. How do you describe it to your friend?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sherif: بيئة
Alisha: "low class"
Alisha: You want to warn your friend that there is a lot of favoritism going on in their department. How do you say it?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sherif: كوسة
Alisha: "favoritism"
Alisha: You try an Egyptian dish and you don’t like it at all. In fact, you hate it with a passion. How do you describe your feelings toward that dish?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sherif: كره العمى
Alisha: "extreme hatred"

Outro

Alisha: There you have it; you have mastered four Egyptian Arabic Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at ArabicPod101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Sherif: .سَلام

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