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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 long you been studying Arabic?"" In Arabic this is
Carole: كم مضى لك في دراسة العربية؟
Alisha: The first word in the question is
Carole: كم
Alisha: ""meaning how long"" 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: مضى
Alisha: meaning has gone.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) مضى
Alisha: Now repeat.
Carole: مضى
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Carole: كم مضى
{pause}
Alisha: Next is
Carole: لك
Alisha: meaning to you.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) لك
Alisha: Now repeat.
Carole: لك
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Carole: كم مضى لك
{pause}
Alisha: And after that
Carole: في
Alisha: meaning in.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) في
Alisha: Now repeat.
Carole: في
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Carole: كم مضى لك في
{pause}
Alisha: And next
Carole: دراسة
Alisha: meaning studying.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) دراسة
Alisha: Now repeat.
Carole: دراسة
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the the first 5 words of the question and repeat.
Carole: كم مضى لك في دراسة
{pause}
Alisha: And next
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: كم مضى لك في دراسة العربية
{pause}
★ Note that this is how you ask “How long have you been studying Arabic?” if you are asking a male person. If you are asking a female person, you would say:
Carole: كم مضى لك في دراسة العربية
Alisha: Please repeat.
Carole: كم مضى لك في دراسة العربية
{pause}
Alisha: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question How long have you been studying Arabic??
Carole: مضى لي شهر
Alisha: ""For 1 month.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Carole: (Slow) مضى لي شهر
{pause}
Alisha: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Carole: مضى
Alisha: means has gone.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) مضى
Alisha: Now repeat
Carole: مضى
{Pause}
Alisha: And after that
Carole: لي
Alisha: meaning to me.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) لي
Alisha: Now repeat.
Carole: لي
{Pause}
Alisha: And next
Carole: شهر
Alisha: meaning a month.
Carole: (Slow, by syllable) شهر
Alisha: Now repeat.
Carole: شهر
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the speaker say, For 1 month., and then repeat.
Carole: مضى لي شهر
{pause}
Alisha: To use a different phrase, replace 1 month with half a year.
Carole: نصف عام
Alisha: half a year
Carole: (slow) نصف عام (regular) نصف عام
Alisha: Listen to the phrase again, this time with half a year
Carole: مضى لي نصف عام
Alisha: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 1 month. Say For half a year.
{pause}
Carole: مضى لي نصف عام
Alisha: To expand on the pattern, replace half a year with one year.
Carole: سنة
Alisha: one year
Carole: (slow) سنة (regular) سنة
Alisha: Listen to the phrase again, this time with one year
Carole: مضى لي سنة
Alisha: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace half a year. Say For one year.
{pause}
Carole: مضى لي سنة
Alisha: To make another phrase, replace one year with 7 months.
Carole: سبعة أشهر
Alisha: 7 months
Carole: (slow) سبعة أشهر (regular) سبعة أشهر
Alisha: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 7 months
Carole: مضى لي سبعة أشهر
Alisha: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace one year. Say For 7 months.
{pause}
Carole: مضى لي سبعة أشهر
QUIZ
Alisha: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Egypt and someone asks you how long you have been studying Arabic. You have been studying it for 1 month. Respond to the question.
Carole: كم مضى لك في دراسة العربية؟ (five seconds) مضى لي شهر
Alisha: Imagine you've been studying it for half a year Respond to the question.
Carole: كم مضى لك في دراسة العربية؟ (five seconds) مضى لي نصف عام
Alisha: Imagine you've been studying it for one year. . Answer the speaker's question.
Carole: كم مضى لك في دراسة العربية؟ (five seconds) مضى لي سنة
Alisha: Imagine you've been studying it for 7 months. Respond to the question.
Carole: كم مضى لك في دراسة العربية؟ (five seconds) مضى لي سبعة أشهر
Alisha: Now you want to ask someone how long -they- have been studying Arabic. Ask the masculine version of the question
(5 seconds)
Carole: كم مضى لك في دراسة العربية؟

Outro

Alisha: This is the end of Lesson 6.

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Please give your answer to the question below!

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Hi Pranay,



It's to ask about the duration for which you have studied Arabic up till now.



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Pranay
Tuesday at 12:18 PM
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Kam mada not made

Pranay
Tuesday at 12:17 PM
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Kam made lak fi dirasah al-arbiya is that for how long have you been studying Arabic or do you speak Arabic that’s what the other speaker in the audio said.

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Hi Yuka and Daniel,


We're sorry for asking you wait for several weeks. You can find all the lessons in order for now.


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Daniel
Monday at 11:08 PM
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I have been studying for approximately half a year. But It was quite some time ago now..


Thanks for a good lesson!


Where are lessons 3, 4 and 5?

Yuka
Monday at 07:46 PM
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6?

Where are 3, 4, and 5?