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Arabic Test

Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:02 pm

Agh, I have an arbic text this evening. Trouble is, I haven't done enough revision what with other essays etc and practicals reports which needed doing, I'm trying to revise now but there's not enough time. My spelling is always so awful, epecially in arabic.

Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:40 pm

Good luck with your test. I'm sure you'll do better than you think. Your spelling doesn't seem awful to me. ;)

Mon Mar 13, 2006 4:45 pm

good luck with your test

Mon Mar 13, 2006 6:06 pm

Best of luck!

Mon Mar 13, 2006 8:16 pm

Best of luck! xxx

Mon Mar 13, 2006 9:06 pm

good luck

Wed Mar 15, 2006 3:19 pm

Just a tip - if you're finding Arabic spelling difficult, it won't be the written language itself that is causing you problems. It will be your pronunciation or your listening skills. Arabic is almost perfectly phonetic - it is spelt exactly how it sounds - so you're probably not 'hearing' the words right in your head. I suggest you get some Arabic music or tape recordings of Al-Jazeera (the news channel) just to accustom your brain to some of the more unfamiliar sounds, the ones we don't have in English. It helps me.

Wed Mar 15, 2006 4:14 pm

Thanks guys. I think it went ok.

I mgiht try getting some arabic music or something. We don't have many tv channels at home and I don't really watch tv.

It's the grhayn (can't really transliterate that easily) that I can't say at all! I'm getting the hang of the ayn.


Mostly my sentences are limited to the bint, the bint's kalb, and the bint's kalb's bayt, and how the waled went to a mataam sini.

Wed Mar 15, 2006 6:05 pm

Can you speak French? 'Gh' sounds just like the French 'r' - you roll it a little. 'Ghurfah' is closer to 'roorfah' than you think. Just take a short breath before you say the word and exhale in a rush as you approach the 'gh'.

Yes, I find it strange the amount of emphasis that Arabic teachers place on pet dogs - especially as most Arabs won't touch them, being Muslim. The bint is much more likely to own a bis than a kalb. ;)

You can get Arabic music from Amazon or occasionally in HMV. I recommend Amr Diab and Najwa Karam.
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