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INTRODUCTION
Shama: مرحبا It’s me, Shama.
Munia: Munia here. Newbie Series Lesson 6.
Shama: “What do you do here?”
Munia: Hi, my name is Munia and I’m joined here by Shama. مساء الخير شاما. كيف حالك؟
Shama: أنا بخير I am fine. Hello everyone and welcome back to ArabicPod101.com.
Munia: Last time we learned country names and how to ask where someone is from.
Shama: Let’s take as an example our sound engineer for today. من أيّ بلد هي؟
Munia: هي من فرنسا Today we’re going to take you a step further into learning more about the people you meet and revealing just a little bit more about you.
Shama: The focus of this lesson is how to ask someone “What do you do?” and how to answer it.
Munia: We’ll learn to say things such as “I work here. I study history.” Or “I’m a tourist”.
Shama: The conversation is between Nur and Tzu, a person from a foreign country whom she meets for the first time.
Munia: They will be speaking casual, polite Arabic. Drastically improve your pronunciation with the voice recording tool in the Premium Learning Center. Record your voice with the click of a button and play back what you record just as easily. This tool is the perfect complement to the line by line audio.
Shama: Let’s listen to today’s conversation.
DIALOGUE
Nur: أهلا، ماذا تفعلين هنا؟
Tzu: أنا طالبة
Nur: ماذا تدرسين؟
Tzu: أدرس الكيمياء
Munia: One time, slowly.
Nur: أَهْلاً، مَاذَا تَفْعَلِينَ هُنَا؟
Tzu: أَنَا طَالِبَة
Nur: ماَذَا تَدْرُسِينْ؟
Tzu: أَدْرُسُ الكِيمْيَاءْ
Munia: Now, with the translation.
Nur: أهلا، ماذا تفعلين هنا؟ Hi. What do you do here?
Tzu: أنا طالبة I am a student.
Nur: ماذا تدرسين؟ What do you study?
Tzu: أدرس الكيمياء I study chemistry.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Shama: I like chemistry.
Munia: I used to enjoy doing all the experiments, but wasn’t fond of the formulas.
Shama: Did you actually know that the word ‘chemistry’ comes from the Arabic word كيمياء ?
Munia: Chemistry and كيمياء . Oh, I see the resemblance, yeah. There’re actually plenty of Arabic loaned words in English. Can you think of another one?
Shama: Well, the obvious ones like ‘zero’ comes from the Arabic صفر, and “algebra” from الجبر. الجبر actually is from the book of the famous Arab mathematician الخوارزمي in the 9th century, I think.
Munia: That’s right. This shows the influence of Arabic culture on Middle Age Europe. My favorite Arabic loan words are the ones that you suspect the least.
Shama: Try me?
Munia: Giraffe.
Shama: No… Really?
Munia: What’s “giraffe” in Arabic?”
Shama: زرافة. Oh, you’re right. Tell me more.
Munia: Cotton.
Shama: I can see that. قطن in Arabic.
Munia: And the word “safari”.
Shama: Oh, the word سفر which means “travel” or “trip”.
Munia: That’s right.
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Munia: Let’s have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Shama: The first phrase we’ll look at is أدرس الكيمياء . “I study chemistry.”
Munia: The first word أدرس is a conjugated form of the verb درس, “to study”. أدرس means “I study”.
Shama: In the dialogue, Tzu studies chemistry. تزو تدرس الكيمياء What if you want to replace “chemistry” with another subject? For example, “I study Arabic.”
Munia: أدرس العربيّة
Shama: What about “I study history”?
Munia: أدرس التّاريخ
Shama: التّاريخ means “history”.
Munia: Now let’s try to say “I study literature”.
Shama: The word for “literature” is الآداب.
أدرس الآداب is “I study literature”.
Munia: Now, what if you’re not a student and somebody asks you ماذا تفعلين هنا؟?
Shama: You can answer with أنا أعمل هنا .
Munia: “I work here.” Let’s hear it once more.
Shama: أَنَا أَعْمَلُ هُنَا

Lesson focus

Munia: There are two things we’d like to focus on today. First, how to make basic sentences starting with “I am” plus a profession.
Shama: This is quite simple since you don’t need the verb “to be” to make your sentence. أنا طالبة
Munia: Literally “I, student” as said by a woman. We’ve learned the masculine form in a previous lesson which is أنا طالب.
Shama: To make professions in the feminine form, we add ة which is the sound أَ to the end of the words. For example, طالب.
Munia: “Student” in the masculine form.
Shama: And طالبة.
Munia: “Student” in the feminine form.
Shama: مدرّس
Munia: “Teacher”, masculine.
Shama: مدرّسة
Munia: “Teacher”, feminine.
Shama: ماذا تفعلين هنا؟
Munia: أنا مدرّسة . But what if I’m a tourist?
Shama: Then you say أنا سائحة or أنا سائح , if you’re a man.
Munia: Verbs are also conjugated differently depending on whether you’re addressing a man or a woman.
Shama: For example, ماذا تفعلين هنا؟ ,
تفعلين “you do” when said to a woman. Comes from the verb فعل, “to do”.
Munia: فعل and درس have the same [*], which means they belong to the same verb group and therefore are conjugated in the same way.
Shama: أدرس
Munia: “I study.”
Shama: أفعل
Munia: “I do.”
Shama: تدرس
Munia: “You study” – say to a man.
Shama: تفعل
Munia: “You do” – say to a man.
Shama: تدرسين
Munia: “You study” – say to a woman.
Shama: تفعلين
Munia: “You do” – say to a woman.
Shama: With these verbs we’ve just learned, you can ask “What do you do here?” and “What do you study?”, whether you’re speaking to a man or to a woman.
VOCAB LIST
Munia: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
Shama: ماذا
Munia: What.
Shama: ماَذَا
Munia: تفعلين
Shama: “You do”, when talking to a woman,
Munia: تَفْعَلِينْ
Shama:تفعل
Munia: “You do”, when talking to a man.
Shama: تَفْعَلُ
Munia: ماذا تفعلين هنا؟
Shama: “What do you do here?” said to a woman.
Munia: مَاذَا تَفْعَلِينَ هُنَا؟
Shama: أدرس .
Munia: I study.
Shama: أعمل هنا
Munia: I work here.
Shama:أَعْمَلُ هُنَا
Munia: سائح
Shama: “Tourist”, in the masculine form.
Munia: سَائِحْ
Shama: سائحة
Munia: “Tourist”, in the feminine form. سَائِحَة
Shama: مدرّسة “Teacher”, feminine.
Munia: مُدَرِّسَة
Shama: مدرّس
Munia: “Teacher”, in the masculine form.
Shama: مُدَرِّسْ
Munia: الكيمياء
Shama: Chemistry.
Munia: الكِيمْيَاءْ
Shama: الآداب
Munia: Literature.
Shama: الآدَابْ
Munia: التّاريخ
Shama: History.
Munia: التَّارِيخْ. That just about does it for today.

Outro

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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Do you know any Arabic loanwords in English?

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Monday at 11:22 PM
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Hi Sara,


Yeah, it has to do where the word is in the sentence :)


By the way the "while" in the last sentence in that answer should be a "why", I apologize for the confusion! Must have got autocorrected.


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Sara
Monday at 09:55 PM
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Oops..Yeonah asked the same but for tadrusiina vs tadrusiin..

The same answer i suppose applies for taf aliina vs taf aliin..


Thank you.


“ When a word is pronounced as the last word in a sentence, or as an independent word, the vowelling sign on the last letter of the word is not pronounced. That's while the final "a" isn't pronounced sometimes.”

Sara
Monday at 09:49 PM
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Salam. Can you please explain when should we use تَفْعَلِينَ and when to use تَفْعَلِينْ ?

Is it interchangeable? Thank you.

Victoria Wu
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It would be so great if each time the Arabic words are with their vowels in the lesson transcript.

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Monday at 01:58 PM
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Hi Aissa,


If you are talking to a male, you would say:

maḏā tafʿalu hunā?


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Aissa
Thursday at 05:44 AM
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Hello, I wanted to know what is the male version of : maḏā tafʿalīna hunā

Thank you

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Friday at 12:52 AM
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Hi Mish,


Thank you for your question.


to work/ he worked: عَمِلَ

I work: أَعمَل


Hope this helps!


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Mish
Saturday at 11:53 PM
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Hello, it was useful to see the difference between ‘to study’ and ‘I study’ and similarly ‘to do’ and ‘I do’

It would be also good to know (in addition to ‘I work’) how to say ‘to work’.

Many thanks

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Friday at 03:28 AM
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Hi Yeonah,


Great question! When a word is pronounced as the last word in a sentence, or as an independent word, the vowelling sign on the last letter of the word is not pronounced. That's while the final "a" isn't pronounced sometimes.


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