A busy marketplace in Istanbul, Turkey.

Arabic I | 1 عربي

When we talk to others, we often talk about things like family, food, and clothing. In this lesson, you will learn some vocabulary and phrases to help you discuss food and clothing.

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In this video, you will watch, listen, and learn to talk about food and clothing.

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يـلـز مـنـي طـقـمـا رسـمـيـا لـلـمـقـا بـلـة

I need a business suit for my interview.

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أنا أعـر ف مـحـلا لـد يـه أشـيـاء جـمـيـلـة و بـأ سـعـا ر مناسبه.فـأ نـا يـلـز مـنـي أ ن أشـتـر ي تـنـورة و قـمـيـص مـنـا سـب لأرتـد يهم فـي حـفـلـة الـمـد ر سـة

I know a store that has beautiful things at reasonable prices. I need to buy a skirt and a matching shirt to wear at the school’s party.

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أ نـا أ يـضـا أ بـحـث عـن بـنـطـا ل جـيـنـز و قـمـيـص وأحـتـاج لـحـذ ا ء ر يـا ضـي جديـد.

I’m also looking for a pair of jeans and a shirt…and I need gym shoes.

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نـعـم… تـذ كـر ت … أ حـتـاج لـحـذ اء رسـمـي و جـوارب

Yes, I remember…I need dress shoes and stockings.

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مـا رأيـك سـا لـم أ ن نـحـاول أ ن نـجـد جـلابـيـة جـديـدة لأمـك

Salem, what do you think about trying to find a new dress for your mom?

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فـكـرة عـظـيـمـة … إن عـيـد الأم سـيـأ تـي قـر يـبـا…

Great idea…mothers’ day is coming soon.

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أ مـا أ نـا فـسـأ شـتـري جـا كـيـتا لأمـي… أ عـر ف أنـهـا تـحـتـا ج وا حـدا.

I’ll buy a jacket for my mom…I know she needs one.

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إنني جائعة الآن…هل من الممكن أن نأكل و بعد ذلك نشتري الأشياء؟

I am hungry now…Is it possible to eat and buy things afterward.

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لا ما نع لدي…ما رأيك يا سالم؟

I do not mind…What do you think Salem?

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لا مانع لدي ايضاً…أين سنأ كل؟

I do not mind either…Where Shall we eat?

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هـناك مطعم جميل…هيا بنا…

There is a beautiful restaurant…Let’s go…

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لـيـلـى, مـا نـو ع الـطـعـا م الـذ ي تـفـكـريـن بـه لـحـفـلـة عـيـد مـيـلا د ك؟

Leila, what kind of food you are thinking of serving at your birthday party?

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فـكـر ت بـعـد ة أ شـيـا ء…مـا ر أ يـك بـسـلـطـة و تـبـولـة وفـطـا يـر لـحـمـة و جـبـنـة و سـبا نـخ…

I thought of several things; what do you think of salad and tabboule…meat pies, cheese pies and spinach pies…

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يبدو أنه أكل طيب… و مـخـلـل و مـتـبـل و حـمـص؟

It sounds like it’s delicious food. What about pickles, dip and hummus?

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نعم … نعم … أ مـا الـطـبـق الـر ئـيـسـي فـهـو أ رز بـالـلـحـم بـا لـبـا زا لـيـا.

Yes..yes…The main dish is rice with meat and peas.

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مـمـتـا ز…و مـا ذ ا عـن الـحـلـو يـا ت؟

Excellent…what about dessert?

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أ و صـيـت عـلـى كـعـكـة عـيـد الـمـيـلا د و تـريـد أ مـي أن تـضـع تـشـكـيـلـة مـن أنـو ا ع الـبـقـلا وة. . .و طـبـقـا كـبـيـرا مـن الـفـو ا كـه. أ مـا الـمـشـر و بـا ت فـهـي كـالـعـاد ة زجـا جـات مـاء وبـيـبـسـي و سـفـن أب.

I ordered a birthday cake, and my mom wants to serve a variety of baklava…and a large plate of fruits. As usual, drinks will be bottles of water bottles, Pepsi and Seven Up.

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أ عــتـقـد أ نـهـا سـتـكـو ن حـفـلـة مـمـتـا زة … و مـا ذ ا عـن الـمـو سـيـقـا و الـرقـص؟

I think it will be an excellent party. What about music and dance?

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سـتـسـا عـد نـي أخـتـي فـي اخـتـيـا ر الأ غـا نـي وسـنـر قـص كـثـيـرا…

my sister will help me pick the songs…and we will dance a lot…

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New Words كلمات جديدة

word or phrasepart of speechmeaninglisten
1السوقnthe market or bazaar

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2يلزمvit is needed

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3رسميadjformal (not casual)

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4المقابلةnthe interview

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5أعرفvI know

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6محلna store

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7د كانna store

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8لديvI have

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9أشياءnthings

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10أسعارnprices

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11يشتريvhe buys

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12تنورةna skirt

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13قميصna shirt

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14يرتديvhe wears

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15يلبسvhe wears

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16يبحث عنvhe looks for

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17بنطالna pair of pants

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18بنطلونna pair of pants

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19سروالna pair of pants

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20حذاءna pair of shoes

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21رياضةna sport or sport in general

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22جديدadjnew (masculine form)

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23تذكرvhe remembered

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24جراباتna pair of socks or socks

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25يحا ولvhe tries

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26ثوبna dress

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27فكرةnan idea

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28عظيمadjgreat (masculine form)

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29عيد الأمnMother's Day

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30تعا لvyou come (masculine form)

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31تعاليvyou come (feminine form)

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32قريباadvsoon

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33جاكيتna jacket

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34معطفna coat

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35مانطوna coat

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36ربطة عنقna necktie

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37كرافةna necktie

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38لباسnan underwear

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Language Notes

In English, when you put letters together, they form words. For example, you can put the letters “b, o, o, k” together to make the word “book.” In Arabic, the letters must be joined to create words. Putting Arabic letters next to one another will not create a word.

For example, this is not a word: ي و م

The letters must be joined to create a word.

These are the same letters joined together to form the word, day: يـوم

To read and write in Arabic, you will need to know the letters and how the letters are joined depending on where they are located in the word (beginning, middle, or end).