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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 ""Do you speak Arabic?"" In Arabic this is
Carole: هل تتكلم العربية؟
Alisha: The first word in the question is
Carole: هل
Alisha: ""meaning do""in English.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) هل
Alisha: Listen again and repeat.
Carole: هل
{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: تتكلم
Alisha: meaning you speak.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) تتكلم
Alisha: Now repeat.
Carole: تتكلم
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Carole: هل تتكلم
{pause}
Alisha: And after that
Carole: العربية
Alisha: meaning Arabic.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) العربية
Alisha: Now repeat.
Carole: العربية
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Carole: هل تتكلم العربية؟
{pause}
★ Note that this is how you ask “Do you speak Arabic?” if you are asking a male person. If you are asking a female person, you would say:
Carole: هل تتكلمين العربية؟
Alisha: Please repeat.
Carole: هل تتكلمين العربية؟
{pause}
Alisha: Master the following pattern and responses to the question Do you speak Arabic??
Carole: نعم, أتكلم قليلا
Alisha: ""Yes, I speak a little.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Carole: (Slow) نعم, أتكلم قليلا
{pause}
Alisha: To say ""no"", in a simple way, just say:
Carole: عفواَ, لا أتكلم
Alisha: Which is like saying “I’m sorry, I don't” in English. Let's hear it slowly.
Carole: (Slowly) عفواَ, لا أتكلم
Alisha: And one more time at normal speed:
Carole: عفواَ, لا أتكلم
Alisha: Now, let's break down our original response from the beginning. The first word:
Carole: نعم
Alisha: means yes.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) نعم
Alisha: Now repeat
Carole: نعم
{Pause}
Alisha: Next is
Carole: أتكلم
Alisha: meaning I speak.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) أتكلم
Alisha: Now repeat.
Carole: أتكلم
{Pause}
Alisha: And after that
Carole: قليلا
Alisha: meaning (a) little.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) قليلا
Alisha: Now repeat.
Carole: قليلا
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the speaker say, Yes, I speak a little., and then repeat.
Carole: نعم, أتكلم قليلا
{pause}
Alisha: To use a different phrase, replace “a little” with “but with difficulty”.
Carole: لكن بصعوبة
Alisha: but with difficulty
Carole: (slow) لكن بصعوبة (regular) لكن بصعوبة
Alisha: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “but with difficulty”
Carole: نعم, لكن بصعوبة
Alisha: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace a little. Say Yes, I speak it, but with difficulty.
{pause}
Carole: نعم, لكن بصعوبة
Alisha: To expand on the pattern, replace “but with difficulty” with “Fluently”.
Carole: بطلاقة
Alisha: Fluently
Carole: (slow) بطلاقة (regular) بطلاقة
Alisha: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Fluently
Carole: نعم, بطلاقة
Alisha: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “but with difficulty”. Say Yes, I speak it Fluently.
{pause}
Carole: نعم, بطلاقة
Alisha: To expand on the pattern, replace Fluently with well.
Carole: جيداَ
Alisha: well
Carole: (slow) جيداَ (regular) جيداَ
Alisha: Listen to the phrase again, this time with well
Carole: نعم, أتكلم جيداَ
Alisha: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “Fluently”. Say Yes, I speak it well.
{pause}
Carole: نعم, أتكلم جيداَ
QUIZ
Alisha: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Egypt and someone asks you if you speak Arabic . You want to answer that you speak a little. Respond to the question.
Carole: هل تتكلم العربية؟ (five seconds) نعم, أتكلم قليلا
Alisha: Now you want to answer that you speak it, but with difficulty Respond to the question.
Carole: هل تتكلم العربية؟ (five seconds) نعم, لكن بصعوبة
Alisha: You want to answer that you speak it Fluently. . Answer the speaker's question.
Carole: هل تتكلم العربية؟ (five seconds) نعم, بطلاقة
Alisha: Now you want to answer that you speak it well. Respond to the question.
Carole: هل تتكلم العربية؟ (five seconds) نعم, أتكلم جيداَ
Alisha: Now you want to know ask someone if they speak Arabic. Ask the masculine version of the question.
(5 seconds)
Carole: هل تتكلم العربية؟

Outro

Alisha: This is the end of Lesson 5

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Hi Carl,


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أنا بتكلمش عربي ʾanā btkallmši ʿarabiī I don't speak Arabic

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