Favourite Arabic Word

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Post by Miriamkhalifa » Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:10 pm

I love to learn new words and sentences and I find it SO amusing to shock my husband and egyptian friends with them. This is my favourite so far:

"Ana mitjawwiza we ana mabsoota!"

Meaning, I am married and I am happy!

I said it when I woke up on the morning after my wedding and my husband almost fell out of the bed, haha

"One band, two oil barrels, three chords, four dreams, five lies, six ties, seven deadly sins and eight ways to stay alive. They know who you are, they know where you live, they're the Kaizers Orchestra~"

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Post by hotlipsholt » Mon Nov 06, 2006 3:33 pm

anna maffi muck, i have no brain, when you get some hassle say this and they will leave you alone :P :P :P

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Post by Akhenaton » Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:11 pm

A simple word - but so useful to know:

Yimkin - maybe!

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Post by Shareen » Mon Nov 06, 2006 9:38 pm

Yimkin followed by an inshallah..... and if they still dont leave you alone... a loud "la!!!!!!!!!", a sweep of the hand downwards and a stomp off down the road

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Post by jeff » Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:01 am

i like: aiza fakka- i want my change- because it is easy for me to remember

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Post by TONY » Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:56 pm

For a polite but effective way of saying " no thank you " try waving two fingers in a gesture of similar to a bus driver.
The advantage being that you can do it from a distance.

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Post by niletraveller » Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:43 pm

My favourite arabic phrase:
aiwa, aiwa, aiwa :oops: ;)
Live alittle, love alittle, laugh alittle!

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Post by tut bar dancer » Thu Nov 09, 2006 9:30 pm

NT isn't it a can of Coke and the word aiwa :lol: :lol:
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Post by Ashtree0 » Fri Nov 10, 2006 9:45 pm

Useful for caleche drivers depending on their levels of persistance:

Mish delwa'ati - not now
Mish badin - not later
Mish bokra - not tomorrow
Mish momkin abadan - not possible ever

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Post by DancingQueen » Mon Jul 16, 2007 3:50 pm

Its great, I love to try and remember a new word each day, and have found a few here, and have had a laugh too.

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Post by Grandad » Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:17 pm

Havn't read all this thread, been away...........

mines 'min fadlak' so often forgotten but appreciated in any language
Grandad :gg:

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Post by Clandestino » Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:48 pm

hihi, I see here that the most of the phrases 're using by tourists for saving theirselves against professional local 'artists of disturbing'
so is my story - walking in qurna at five in the morning, to made any letch about the village... wearing my dusty, old working trousers, and thinking that kiddies aren't waked up yet... it was a mistake, a couple of average 5 years old small devils 're running against myself.. they're shouted - heeey', hey'...
I had let them to close to me and then I said - with my ugly palestinian accent I speak - nahn' fi madjaar t'kallamuun min el kelb - hey'... - by us in Hungary we say for the dogs - Hey'... One of them begins to cry, but the others began to packing out my sketces' box... So I couldn't do anything, I should draswn for them to let me away... But by adults it works more better...

so it's some among the useful phrases...

but they said sooo mild - 'Ramss's el Akbaar
"Qui multum peregrinatur, raro sanctifcatur..."

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Post by warda » Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:53 pm

My fav must be "Ya Ragil" = "hey man".
I always call my husband this way or I call him "ma-allem". He would be embarrassed if I called him habibi when in company of others even family memebers:roll:

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Post by Goddess » Fri Jul 20, 2007 3:15 pm

warda wrote:My fav must be "Ya Ragil" = "hey man".
I always call my husband this way or I call him "ma-allem". He would be embarrassed if I called him habibi when in company of others even family memebers:roll:
I was laughing about this a while back - my husband has all these honorific titles the doorman addresses him by - ma'allim, mudir, basha, bey, ustaaz. And then one day when I came home - I heard the doormans wife say to the little girl - "who just came in?" - "only the foreigner" she replied! At first I was slightly miffed - but have decided now that it's a title only held by me - The Foreigner. :lol:

I like to have The Word of the Week - this weeks current word is Duda - a worm! Certain words strike me as funny, this is one of them!

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Post by JOJO » Fri Jul 20, 2007 5:33 pm

Duda-love it :)

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Post by thomoll » Fri Jul 20, 2007 5:36 pm

If we think of it as 'Doodah' we're sure to remember! :lol:

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Post by AkenMahaf » Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:17 am

Ma'andish wakt (I haven't got time)
Anna eyes moch gedid (I need a new brain)
Make Bread - Not War!

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