Days of Week in Arabic Levantine Dialect

ElAhad Essabt Ettanain Ettalat ElArbe'a Elkhamees Eljema'
Learning the days of week is very important in everyday conversation. Here you are going to learn how to pronounce these words and how to use them in sentences. There is an infographic to make learning easier and there are recordings to listen and learn the pronunciation. The dialect used in this post is Laventine dialect/ Shami dialect which is a dialect used in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Jordon.

First, have a look to this infographic and the recording (don’t forget to share if you like it):

learn days of weeks in levantine Arbic dialect

Let's learn Some examples:
اِلْأَحَد أَوّل يُوم بِالْإسْبُوع. هُوِّ أَوّل يُوم دَوَام
Sunday is the first day of the week. It is the first day of the work.
اِلتَّنِين تانِي يُوم بِالْإسْبُوع. بْرُوح عَ الْنَّادِي الرِّيَاضِي كِل تَنِين
Monday is the second day of the week. I go to the gym every Monday.
اِلتَّلات تَالِت يُوم بِالْإسْبُوع. بِضْهَر مَع صَاحْبِي كِل تلات الْمَسَا
Tuesday is the third day of the week. I go out with my friend every Tuesday.
اِلْأَرْبِعَا رَابِع يُوم بِالْإسْبُوع. عَنْدِي اجْتِمَاع هَالْأَرْبِعَا
Wednesday is the forth day of the week. I have a meeting this Wednesday.
اِلْخَمِيس خَامِس يُوم بِالْإسْبُوع. عَنْدِي مَوْعِد عَنْد الْحَكِيم هَالْخَمِيس
Thursday is the fifth day of the week. I have an appointment with a doctor this Thursday.
اِلْجِمْعَة سَادِس يُوم بِالْإسْبُوع. بْشُوف الْعَيِلِة وْمْنِتْغَدَّى سَوَا
Friday is the sixth day of the week. I see my family and we have lunch together.
اِلسَّبْت سَابِع يُوم بِالإسْبُوع. اِلْجِمْعَة وَالسَّبْت عِطْلة الْإِسْبُوع
Saturday is the seventh day od the week. Friday and Saturday are the weekend.

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Telling the Time in Arabic

how to tell the time in Arabic language
Time is money, or as we say it in Arabic: الوَقْتُ مِنْ ذَهَب (= al-waqt men thahab). Telling the time is always a challenge in any language because it quit between language to another. First, let's introduce to few vocabularies about this subjects.

ساعة (= saàah) clock, watch, hour
وقت (= waqt) time
العقرب الكبير (= al-àaqrab al-kabeer) big hand
العقرب الصغير (= al-àaqrab al-sageer) little hand
ربع (= rubà) quarter
ثلث (= thulth) one-third
نصف (= nesf) half
دقيقة (= daqeeqah) minute
ثانية (= thaneyah) second
إلا (= ella) except

Also, take a look in this picture for different types of clocks.
things tell times

How to tell the time in Arabic
There are two situations, either the big hand is pointing to 12 or is not. For the first case, you simply read the number that little hand is pointing. For the second case, you will use one of these two formulas:
Number + WA (which means AND) + fraction
Number + ELLA (which means EXCEPT) + fraction
depending on where the big hand is pointing to. The next infographic will describe which formula you should use and when.

How to read the watch / clock in Arabic

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Make Questions in Egyptian Dialect

We talked before about how to Make Questions in Standard Arabic. Let's say you want to visit a country like Egypt or have Egyptian friends and want to talk with them in Egyptian dialect. The rule for making questions is a little different in Egyptian dialect. There are different words used and the structure also different.

The structural of questions in Egyptian dialect
While in Standard Arabic, the question word comes in the beginning, in Egyptian dialect, the question word comes in the end. However, sometimes the question word comes in the beginning or in the middle.
Example 1:إنت فِين؟ (= enta fain?: where are you?)
فين (= fain: where) is the question word and it comes in the end. Generally, most the questions in Egyptian dialect are formed with question word in the end.
Example 2:إزاي صحتك؟ (= ezzay sehetak?: How is your health?)
إزاي (= ezzay: how) is the question word and it comes in the beginning.
Example3:عَنْدَك كام سنة؟ (= àandak kam sana?: how old are you?)
كام (= kam: to ask about number) is the question word and it comes in the middle.

The questions words in Egyptian dialect
مين (= meen: who)
فين (= fain: where)
منين (= menain: from where)
على فين (= àala fain: to where)
إيه (= eih: what)
ليه (= laih: why)
إزاي (= ezzay: how)
إمتى (= emta: when)
كام (= kam) used to ask about number. To use it for price, put the preposition بِـ (= be) before the question word to become بِكام (= be kam: how much). See the Infographic below for examples.
أنهي (= anhi: which)
هل (= hal) for yes/no question. Usually, these type of questions come without any question word. Instead, it reveals from the meaning and the way it is said.

questions words in Egyption dialects with examples

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Question words in Standard Arabic and in Egyptian dialect:

In Standard Arabic In Egyptian Dialect Translation
مَن (= man) مين (= meen) who
أَيْنَ(= ayna) فين (= fain) where
مِن أَيْنَ (= man ayna) منين (= menain) from where
إلى أَيْنَ(= ela ayna) على فين (= àala fain) to where
مَاذَا (= matha) إيه (= eih) what
لِمَاذَا (= lematha) ليه (= laih) why
كَيْفَ (= kaifa) إزاي (= ezzay) how
مَتَى (= mata) إمتى (= emta) when
كم (= kam) كام (= kam) to ask about number
أي (= ayy) أنهي (= anhi) which
هل (= hal) هل (= hal) yes/no question

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Quiz: Do you know how to make questions in Arabic?

Asking questions is essential part in any conversations, and Arabic world is not exception. There are 12 the most common words to use for making up questions in STANDARD Arabic language. These are:
wher in Arabic (= Ayna) where
who in Arabic (= Man) who
when in Arabic (= Mata) when
what in Arabic (= Maza) what (usually after it, comes a verb)
what in Arabic (= Ma) what (usually after it, comes a noun/pronoun)
why in Arabic (= Lemaza) why
Yes/no for Arabic (= Hal) for Yes/No questions
how in Arabic (= Kaifa) how
how much in Arabic (= Bekam) how much
which in Arabic (= Ayyu) which
by what/how in Arabic (= Bemaza) by what or how
for who/whom in Arabic (= Leman) for who / for whom

أين المِفْتَاح؟ (= ayna al-muftah?) where is the key?
مَن هُنَا؟ (= man huna?) who is here?
مَتَى نَأْكُل؟ (= mata na'kul?) when do we eat?
مَاذَا تَفْعَل؟ (= maza tafal?) what are you doing?
مَا لَوْنُكَ المُفَضَّل؟ (= ma huwa lawnuka al-mufadhal?) what is your favorite color?
لِمَاذَا تَأَخَّرْت؟ (= lemaza ta'khart?) why you are late?
هَل أَنْتَ سَعِيد؟ (= hal anta saeed?) are you happy?
كَيفَ عَرَفْتَ الحَل؟ (= kaifa arafta al-hal?) how did you know the answer?
بِكَم هذا القَلَم؟ (= bekam al-qalam?) how much is this pen?
أي فِلْم سَنُشَاهِد؟ (= ayyu film nushahed?) which film shill we watch?
بِمَاذَا تَكْتُب؟ (= bemaza taktub?) how do you write? by what?
لِمَن هَذِا المِعْطَف؟ (= leman haza al-meataf?) for whom is this jacket?

Now, take this quiz to test your understanding about using question words in Arabic:

  • بكم is actually come from the word --> كَم (= kam) which is used to ask for a number (ex: price, age, group members..). Examples to use كم:
    بِـكَم الحَقِيبة؟ (= be-kam al-haqeeba?) how much is the bag?
    كَم عُمْرُك؟ (= kam umruk?) how old are you?
    كَم طَالبًا في الفصل؟ (= kam taleban fee al-fasl?) how many students in the class?
  • There are other questions tool that are using in Arabic language:
    أ (= A') for Yes/No question, أنّى (= Anna) means How and أيان (= Ayyana) means When.
    since in general these are not often used, we didn't put examples for them. If you have any question, put it in comments below and I'll be happy to answer.
  • All the questions tools are used in the beginning of the question but in some dialects it is different sometimes and may used in the end of the question. For example in egyptian dialect:
    عَامِل إيه؟ (= Amel eih?) what are you doing. إيه (= eih) is used in the end of the question.

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Introducing Yourself عَرِّف بَنَفْسَك

online Arabic quiz about introducing yourself. practice on listening
Whether you like to talk about yourself or not, Introducing Yourself in Arabic is the first thing for a beginner to learn. If you apply for a position in Arabic company, the first question would be "حَدِّثْنَا عَنْ نَفْسِك = haddithna ann nafsek" which means "tell us about yourself". Another situation is when you fill an application in Arabic, most the blanks will be things about yourself. Maybe you have a new Arabic neighbor, you would want to get to know this person and the neighbor would also want to know you. A small conversation can tell you a lot about the person... So the first step to communicate with other is to know them and let them know you.

Since introducing needs to speaking and listening skills, you will test yourself with 6 questions (multiple choices). First let learn few Arabic vocabularies:
اسم = esm = name
الـمُتَحَدِّثَ = al-mutahadditha = the speaker
جِنْسِيَّة = jenseyyah = nationality
وَظِيفَة = wazeefa = position
هِوَايَة = hewaya = hoppy
أعِيشُ = a'eeshu = I live
انْتَقَلْتُ = entaqaltu = I move in
أَسْكُنُ = askonu = I stay
أَعْمَلُ = a'amalu = I work

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