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INTRODUCTION
In this lesson, we’ll learn about a place crucial to your travels in this modern age: the Internet café! Normally, you find Internet cafés in the big main cities. In hotels and cafés, Wi-Fi is usually part of the service, and you may need a password in order to connect. You could ask “Excuse me, what is the password to use the Internet?”
law samaht, eh el password btaʿet el internet? is the question that will help you out.
GRAMMAR POINT
Let’s break it down:
(slow) law samaht, eh el password btaʿet el internet?
Once more:
law samaht, eh el password btaʿet el internet?
لو سمحت, إيه الباسوورد بتاعِت الإنترنت؟
law samaht is “Excuse me.”
eh means “what”.
(slow) eh
eh
Next we have el password, which means “the password”
(slow) el password
el password
The word btaʿet is a very useful one in Arabic. Here, it means “of” or “belonging to”. It’s in the feminine form, because “password” in Arabic is a feminine noun.
(slow) btaʿet
btaʿet
Finally, the word el internet, meaning “the Internet”
(slow) el internet
el internet
If you don’t carry your laptop around, you may like to ask at the reception counter how much the connection costs for one hour.
“Excuse me, how much does it cost to use Internet for one hour?”
law samaht, el internet bekam fel saʿa?
Let’s break it down:
(slow)law samaht, el internet bekam fel saʿa?
Once more:
law samaht, el internet bekam fel saʿa?
لو سمحت, الإنترنت بكام في الساعة؟
We already learned what law samaht, el internet means.
bekam, as we saw in previous lessons, means “how much”.
fel can be broken down into two words, fi and el. Fi means “in”, and el means “the”.
Then we have saʿa meaning “hour”.
“Excuse me, how much does it cost to use the Internet for one hour?”
law samaht, el internet bekam fel saʿa?
The answer will probably sound something like this:
ḫamsa geneeh fel saʿa.
“Five pounds an hour.”
(slow) ḫamsa geneeh fel saʿa.
ḫamsa geneeh fel saʿa.

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Hi listeners! How can we imagine a life without Internet? Do you use it to share your travel pictures, for example?