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Zireael
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 Message 81 of 152
27 January 2014 at 9:35am | IP Logged 
Written an entry for the Team Rare January challenge. Learned two new words and found out I can't into typing Arabic after the break.

New words
Askun اُسكن I live in
? خلال during

Edited by Zireael on 29 January 2014 at 4:31pm

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Luso
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 Message 82 of 152
28 January 2014 at 1:26am | IP Logged 
I have the feeling that I'm going to be terribly annoying, but I sense that you're reaching a point where you should start paying attention to some grammar points, lest they prevent you from advancing.

The word you have there is "askunu" (I live or, more strictly, I inhabit): first person singular, present.

The infinitive of this verb is "sakana" (to live or, more strictly, he lived): third person singular masculine, past tense. The root is "s-k-n".

Maybe you already knew that the infinitive of an Arabic verb is given by the third person singular masculine of the past tense.

Maybe you also knew that most verbs in the infinitive only have "fathas" when conjugated (for instance, "shariba" - to drink - is an exception).

But maybe you didn't know yet that your "uskan" would be conjugating the verb as if it belonged to a different group, and in a different tense.

As I wrote before, I may be reading too much into this, and I may be getting in your nerves for nothing, but I advise you to try and really nail some of these grammar basics.

I respect the ground you covered in just one year, and it's exactly because of it that I can't sit idly and see you guessing at the "tashkeel" (vocalisation).

You really built an impressive vocabulary, but Arabic grammar has very specific rules, and I'm sure you also want to have solid foundations to build upon.

Edited by Luso on 28 January 2014 at 1:27am

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Zireael
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 Message 83 of 152
29 January 2014 at 4:31pm | IP Logged 
Working my way through Bliu Bliu in Spanish, German, and of course Arabic.

New words
Al-af الاف thousand
? عدم non- mis- (negative prefix)


Edited by Zireael on 03 February 2014 at 11:19am

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Zireael
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 Message 84 of 152
03 February 2014 at 11:29am | IP Logged 
Yesterday, I watched a documentary about Nubia. It was supposedly French produced, but there were Arabic captions on screen sometimes in addition to English subtitles and the Polish dub, and I was able to pick up a few words in addition to النوبية.

(As an aside, we spotted that there was a boy with CP in one of the scenes - heh, the ease of spotting comes with a lifelong familiarity)

My resolution for the February Rare Team challenge is to spend at least five minutes a day on Bliu Bliu reading Arabic.

New words
'Ahd عهد era
Sharka شركة company
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Zireael
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 Message 85 of 152
27 February 2014 at 4:04pm | IP Logged 
My entry for the Rare Team challenge is:

أحب أن أقرا الكتب. أنا يعجبني أدرس اللغات مختلفات مشلات الاٍسبنية و العربية . أحب أشاهد التلفاز

A new phrase I learned is how to wish someone to get better soon:
Atamana laka an tateefa qariban    اتمني لك ان تتعافا قريبا

New words
Al telfaz التلفا television
Ashahed أشاهد I watch



Edited by Zireael on 27 February 2014 at 4:04pm

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Zireael
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 Message 86 of 152
26 March 2014 at 8:54am | IP Logged 
I'm making a game when I'm not writing my MA, so I got a bit busy again.

I found an excellent resource a few days ago. The phonetics graph is brilliant!

Link
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Zireael
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 Message 87 of 152
31 March 2014 at 8:48am | IP Logged 
Trying new hearing aids, so far they don't give me that much of an improvement but have a nasty side effect of making me dizzy/queasy in a car.

... and the batteries came with instructions in various languages, including Arabic!

The Arabic text reads:
أنزع الغطاء اللاصق قبل الاستخدام

'Remove adhesive cover before use'

Yeah, I had to use Aratools to get this one but I was so excited, it was the first thing I noticed about the batteries, even before the obvious fact that they are bigger!
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Zireael
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 Message 88 of 152
14 April 2014 at 8:50am | IP Logged 
Sarah's birthday was yesterday, so I wrote "happy birthday habibti and I miss you!" on FB in Arabic.
Today I got a reply "thank you habibti and I miss you and Warsaw too".
Sarah used a new word in her reply, so I'll have to look it up soon!


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