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INTRODUCTION
Alisha: In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Arabic learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.

Lesson focus

Alisha: In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question ""How tall are you?"" In Arabic this is
Carole: كم طولك؟
Alisha: The first word in the question is
Carole: كم
Alisha: ""meaning how much"" in English.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) كم
Alisha: Listen again and repeat.
Carole: كم
{Pause}
Alisha: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Carole: طولك
Alisha: meaning your height.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) طولك
Alisha: Now repeat.
Carole: طولك
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Carole: كم طولك
{pause}
★ Note that this is how you ask “How tall are you?” if you are asking a male person. If you are asking a female person, you would say:
Carole: كم طولك؟
Alisha: Please repeat.
Carole: كم طولك؟
{pause}
Alisha: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question How tall are you??
Carole: طولي مائة وثمانون سنتمتر
Alisha: ""I'm 180 cm tall.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Carole: (Slow) طولي مائة وثمانون سنتمتر
{pause}
Alisha: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Carole: طولي
Alisha: meaning my height.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) طولي
Alisha: Now repeat
Carole: طولي
{Pause}
Alisha: Next is
Carole: مائة وثمانون
Alisha: meaning 180.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) مائة وثمانون
Alisha: Now repeat.
Carole: مائة وثمانون
{Pause}
Alisha: And next
Carole: سم
Alisha: meaning cm.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) سم
Alisha: Now repeat.
Carole: سم
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the speaker say, I'm 180 cm tall., and then repeat.
Carole: طولي مائة وثمانون سنتمتر
{pause}
Alisha: To use a different phrase, replace 180 with 190.
Carole: مائة وتسعون
Alisha: 190
Carole: (slow) مائة وتسعون (regular) مائة وتسعون
Alisha: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 190
Carole: طولي مائة وتسعون سنتمتر
Alisha: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 180. Say I'm 190 cm tall.
{pause}
Carole: طولي مائة وتسعون سنتمتر
Alisha: To expand on the pattern, replace 190 with 170.
Carole: مائة وسبعون
Alisha: 170
Carole: (slow) مائة وسبعون (regular) مائة وسبعون
Alisha: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 170
Carole: طولي مائة وسبعون سنتمتر
Alisha: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 190. Say I'm 170 cm tall.
{pause}
Carole: طولي مائة وسبعون سنتمتر
Alisha: To expand on the pattern, replace 170 with 175.
Carole: مائة وخمسة وسبعون
Alisha: 175
Carole: (slow) مائة وخمسة وسبعون (regular) مائة وخمسة وسبعون
Alisha: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 175
Carole: طولي مائة وخمسة وسبعون سنتمتر
Alisha: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 170. Say I'm 175 cm tall.
{pause}
Carole: طولي مائة وخمسة وسبعون سنتمتر
QUIZ
Alisha: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Egypt and someone asks you how tall you are. You are 180. Respond to the question.
Carole: كم طولك؟ (five seconds) طولي مائة وثمانون سنتمتر
Alisha: Imagine you are 190 Respond to the question.
Carole: كم طولك؟ (five seconds) طولي مائة وتسعون سنتمتر
Alisha: Now imagine you are 170. . Answer the speaker's question.
Carole: كم طولك؟ (five seconds) طولي مائة وسبعون سنتمتر
Alisha: Imagine you're 175. Respond to the question.
Carole: كم طولك؟ (five seconds) طولي مائة وخمسة وسبعون سنتمتر
Alisha: Now you want to ask that person how tall they are is. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Carole: كم طولك؟
{pause}

Outro

Alisha: This is the end of Lesson 14

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