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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby voron » 2018-10-14, 22:13

vijayjohn wrote:I think maybe I've kind of gotten used to this textbook, and it's finally starting to feel less intimidating to me!

Yes, because that's what studying is about, right? :D

I finished Unit 2 and did the exercises after Lesson 12. I cannot move on to Unit 3 though, because after each 2 chapters, the book has a "test yourself" (اختبر نفسك) type of exercises. Ok, I guess I'll do them as well.

The name of Unit 3 is الحياة الزوجية - Married Life. Sounds interesting.
EDIT: And here are just 3 lines from the first dialogue of the unit:

Mother: You look worried, my son, what's the matter?
Bilal: I want to marry, mother, and I can't find a suitable girl.
Mother: It's not a problem! There are many girls suitable for marriage.
:D
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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-10-16, 6:37

You have no idea how tempted I am to make a whole drama that starts just from those three lines. :P

I attempted the listening exercise for the first dialogue in Unit 2, and these are my answers:
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And I also listened to the reading passage in the next lesson (lesson #8), but I haven't actually worked through it yet. :)

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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-10-21, 7:56

Now that voron and Antea have both basically pulled out of this study group, who else is still in it? So far, all I can think of (at almost 3 in the morning lol) is that Saim's still doing something for Arabic.

Any ideas on what we should do next? I'm inclined to just go through the Syrian course, maybe, and LangMedia and GLOSS.

Or is this group just dead?

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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby Antea » 2018-10-21, 8:18

Hey, I have not disappeared, and of course, Arabic is not disappearing from my life, either. It’s just that I am going to have a slower rythm of study. Because lately I have been doing a lot of Arabic every day, and I also want to expend some time in other languages.

As for the study group, I don’t know what to say. Maybe you want to focuse in some dialect ? :hmm: The only thing I can do is to post some videos, from time to time, but I don’t know if that suits you. If you have any questions, I also can try to help you, but please, keep in mind that I am not very focused on grammar, and more in understanding :yep:
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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby Saim » 2018-10-21, 8:28

I'd be down to work on Levantine with someone. Not mega-intensively, but bits here and there.

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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-10-21, 17:36

Never mind, it looks like voron is back, too! So I guess I'll keep going through the textbook with him, but I think I'd also love to do something for Levantine! Maybe we could listen to the Syrian Colloquial dialogues again for review, for instance? Or go through some part of the book that we may have skipped earlier, like the list of different kinds of buildings in Chapter 2? Or we could go through a LangMedia or GLOSS text really slowly. :P Or a song! Or Al-Hudoud, though that's a bit harder, I guess.

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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby Saim » 2018-10-22, 18:31

vijayjohn wrote:Never mind, it looks like voron is back, too! So I guess I'll keep going through the textbook with him, but I think I'd also love to do something for Levantine! Maybe we could listen to the Syrian Colloquial dialogues again for review, for instance? Or go through some part of the book that we may have skipped earlier, like the list of different kinds of buildings in Chapter 2? Or we could go through a LangMedia or GLOSS text really slowly. :P Or a song! Or Al-Hudoud, though that's a bit harder, I guess.


I'd be down for any of that, except for the thing about buildings (I find learning vocabulary thematically to be rather unhelpful). Maybe we should also leave al-Hudoud for later given its difficulty.

If we're going to do a song, may I nominate Zamilou by Bu Kulthoum?

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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby voron » 2018-10-22, 18:48

vijayjohn wrote:Never mind, it looks like voron is back, too! So I guess I'll keep going through the textbook with him

:good4u: I just did the "test yourself" exercises after chapters 1-2, so I'm moving on to chapter 3.

I don't think I want to do anything for Levantine atm (partly because, as I said, I want to learn more high register vocabulary, and also partly because I got frustrated with Levantine because my neighbours are from Aleppo and even Damascenes themselves have problems understanding them), so I'll stay focused on MSA.

Saim wrote:If we're going to do a song, may I nominate Zamilou by Bu Kulthoum?

Were you able to find an English translation? I looked at the first few lines and they give me a headache. :?
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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby Saim » 2018-10-23, 14:55

voron wrote:
Saim wrote:If we're going to do a song, may I nominate Zamilou by Bu Kulthoum?

Were you able to find an English translation? I looked at the first few lines and they give me a headache. :?


No. :? A couple of Bu Kulthoum's songs have been translated but not this one. Maybe another time, then.

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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-10-28, 20:02

Saim wrote:I'd be down for any of that, except for the thing about buildings (I find learning vocabulary thematically to be rather unhelpful). Maybe we should also leave al-Hudoud for later given its difficulty.

:) .طيب، ممكن نسمع الحوار إذا بدك
:good4u: I just did the "test yourself" exercises after chapters 1-2, so I'm moving on to chapter 3.

.و أنا قرأت الدرس الثامن الوحدة الثاني

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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby Antea » 2018-10-28, 20:22

Just a short video (1,5 min) , not very difficult, in order to practice some listening.

https://youtu.be/CQ3q78aNkY4

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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-10-29, 5:18

:lol: .من برهة أنا فحمة إن هذا الفيديو عن اليابان

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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby voron » 2018-10-29, 11:15

vijayjohn wrote::lol: .من برهة أنا فحمة إن هذا الفيديو عن اليابان

Do you mean فاهم ?
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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-10-29, 15:00

voron wrote:
vijayjohn wrote::lol: .من برهة أنا فحمة إن هذا الفيديو عن اليابان

Do you mean فاهم ?

I meant فهمت, I guess? I was trying to say "I just realized that this video is about Japan." :P

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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby voron » 2018-11-03, 21:19

vijayjohn wrote:I attempted the listening exercise for the first dialogue in Unit 2, and these are my answers:
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I listened to this dialogue again, and your answers look correct to me!

I read the text and did all the exercises from lesson 13.
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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby Saim » 2018-11-04, 8:23

vijayjohn wrote:Never mind, it looks like voron is back, too! So I guess I'll keep going through the textbook with him, but I think I'd also love to do something for Levantine! Maybe we could listen to the Syrian Colloquial dialogues again for review, for instance? Or go through some part of the book that we may have skipped earlier, like the list of different kinds of buildings in Chapter 2? Or we could go through a LangMedia or GLOSS text really slowly. :P Or a song! Or Al-Hudoud, though that's a bit harder, I guess.


I went through the first and third dialogue of the third chapter of the Syrian Arabic book (the one about renting a room for 550 lira, and the one about how his pillow was too thin) and added 6 chunks of dialogue to Anki. I listened to the second dialogue, too, but there wasn't anything I would've added to Anki.

I also added the conjugation paradigm for bédd- to the same deck.

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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby voron » 2018-11-05, 18:21

I did lesson 14. It spoke about problems which young people face in marriage.
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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-11-06, 1:38

:) .أنا قرأت الدرس الثماني وهذه هي الأجوبتي للتمرين الفهم المسموع

أ ج أ ب ب
Saim wrote:I went through the first and third dialogue of the third chapter of the Syrian Arabic book (the one about renting a room for 550 lira, and the one about how his pillow was too thin)

You mean his blanket?

After reading your post, I listened to all the dialogues from the first three chapters. :P

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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby Saim » 2018-11-06, 8:33

vijayjohn wrote:You mean his blanket?


Yes. :lol:

vijayjohn wrote:
After reading your post, I listened to all the dialogues from the first three chapters. :P


Cool. :) I've already gone through the first two chapters twice, so I won't go through them again. Do you recommend the later dialogues in chapter 3?
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Re: Arabic Study Group

Postby voron » 2018-11-06, 9:48

vijayjohn wrote::) .أنا قرأت الدرس الثماني وهذه هي الأجوبتي للتمرين الفهم المسموع

أ ج أ ب ب

You mean "Lesson 9", right?

I listened to that exercise again, and I think the last answer should be ج (because the friends were building a mosque, so they didn't spend their holiday in the mosque).
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