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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 are you?"" In Arabic this is
Carole: كيف حالك؟
Alisha: The first word in the question is
Carole: كيف
Alisha: ""meaning how "" in English.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) كيف
Alisha: Listen again and repeat.
Carole: كيف
{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: حالك
Alisha: meaning your condition.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) حالك
Alisha: Now repeat.
Carole: حالك
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Carole: كيف حالك؟
{pause}
★ Note that this is how you ask “What’s your name?” if you are asking a male person. If you are asking a female person, you would say:
Carole: كيف حالك؟
Alisha: Please repeat.
Carole: كيف حالك؟
{pause}
Alisha: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question How are you??
Carole: أنا بخير
Alisha: ""I'm fine.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Carole: (Slow) أنا بخير
{pause}
Alisha: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Carole: أنا
Alisha: means I.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) أنا
Alisha: Now repeat
Carole: أنا
{Pause}
Alisha: And next
Carole: بخير
Alisha: meaning (with) fine.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) بخير
Alisha: Now repeat.
Carole: بخير
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the speaker say, I'm fine., and then repeat.
Carole: أنا بخير
{pause}
Alisha: To make another phrase, replace fine with alright.
Carole: على ما يرام
Alisha: alright
Carole: (slow) على ما يرام (regular) على ما يرام
Alisha: Listen to the phrase again, this time with alright
Carole: أنا على ما يرام
Alisha: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace fine. Say I'm alright.
{pause}
Carole: أنا على ما يرام
Alisha: To expand on the pattern, replace alright with tired.
Carole: متعب
Alisha: tired
Carole: (slow) متعب (regular) متعب
Alisha: Listen to the phrase again, this time with tired
Carole: أنا متعب
Alisha: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace alright. Say I'm tired.
{pause}
Carole: أنا متعب
Alisha: To expand on the pattern, replace tired with great.
Carole: ممتاز
Alisha: great
Carole: (slow) ممتاز (regular) ممتاز
Alisha: Listen to the phrase again, this time with great
Carole: أنا ممتاز
Alisha: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace tired. Say I'm great.
{pause}
Carole: أنا ممتاز
QUIZ
Alisha: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Egypt and someone asks you how you are. You are fine. Respond to the question.
Carole: كيف حالك؟ (five seconds) أنا بخير
Alisha: Now imagine you are alright Respond to the question.
Carole: كيف حالك؟ (five seconds) أنا على ما يرام
Alisha: Imagine you are tired. . Answer the speaker's question.
Carole: كيف حالك؟ (five seconds) أنا متعب
Alisha: Imagine you're great. Respond to the question.
Carole: كيف حالك؟ (five seconds) أنا ممتاز
Alisha: You want to ask someone how they are doing. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Carole: كيف حالك؟
{pause}

Outro

Alisha: This is the end of Lesson 16

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Marhaban Khadijah and Guled,


Here on ArabicPod101.com, we offer lessons in Modern Standard Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, and Moroccan Arabic.


For such a widespread and diverse language as Arabic, it is quite hard to teach all regional dialects. In the beginning, we thought MSA is a good start as that is the version that is more or less understood throughout the Arabic world. Later on, we gradually extended our materials to cater to the needs of those who are interested in the more colloquial version of Arabic. Our choices have been (1) Moroccan Arabic because of its large degree of difference from other Arabic varieties and MSA, and (2) Egyptian Arabic because Egypt is the most populous Arabic-speaking country.


Please note that this series is not specifically Egyptian Arabic-related. Surely, there might appear some regional vocabulary here and there and they are always indicated in brackets next to the vocabulary but generally, this series consists of MSA vocabulary and pronunciation.


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Guled
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In lesson four the Arabic was Egyptian. Is this going to be the theme for the course?


Also, why Egyptian?

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Hi Carole,

Actually I'm looking forward to learn to speak middle eastern arabic.

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The first and second lesson was done in a better form, someone explained it live, writing the letter words in the screen as the video played, that made learning so easy

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Hi Robert,


You can check out the lesson’s [Dialogue] section, which has a tab with Romanization.


The Lesson Notes PDF also shows the romanization of the dialogue. Please download it in the Lesson Notes section by clicking on [Download as PDF].


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