Questions and Answers about the Arabic Language

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What's the difference between cardinal and ordinal numbers in Arabic?

order - المراكز الأَوَّل/ى Al 2wal/a 1st the first الثَّانِي/ة Al thany / ah 2nd the second الثَّالِث/ة Al thalth / ah 3rd the third الرَّابِع/ة Al Rab3/ah 4th the fourth الخَامِس/ة Al 5ams/ah 5th the fifth السَّادِس/ة Al sads/ah 6th the sixth السَّابِع/ة Al sab3/ah 7th the seventh الثَّامِن/ة Al thamn/ah 8th the eighth التَّاسِع/ة Al tas3/ah 9th the ninth العَاشِر/ة Al 3asher/ah 10th the tenth الحَادِي عَشْرٌ. A7da 3shr 11th the eleventh الثَّانِي عَشْرٌ. athna 3shar 12th the twelfth الثَّالِث عَشْرٌ thlast 3shr 13th the thirteenth counting - العد واحد/ ة اثنان / أثنتان ثَلَاثَ/ة أَرْبَع/ة خَمْس/ة سِتّ/ة سَبْع/ة ثَمَنِ/ة تِسْع/ة عَشْر/ة إحِدَاعَشَر. إِثْنَا عشَر. ثَلَاثَةعَشَر

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What are the isolated form of Arabic letters used for?

Arabic is written with a "linked" alphabet. The letters of each word are connected together to shape words. This means that each Arabic letter has three shapes, one for the beginning, middle and end of the word.

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What's a good way for a native English speaker to learn to hear and pronounce the differences between the emphatic and non-emphatic consonants?

Hello everyone I am Ahmed Mohy an Arabic Teacher and Polly ambassador Arabic listening techniques 1. Listen and read the script 2. Look for the context of the words and sentences 3. Look at the mouth of the speaker a. Emphatic letters usually have u open your mouth wider and come from the depth of the mouth b. Non- Emphatic letters usually put smile on the mouth of the speaker and they come from the tip of your mouth 4. The Strong VS week vowels 5. Strong ط VS week ت 6. Strong ض VS week د 7. Strong ص VS week س 8. Strong ق VS week ك 9. Strong ظ VS week ذ / ز Please feel free to ask more questions also you can book a lesson where I can explain that in way more details

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What is the difference between ط (Taa) and ت (taa) in Arabic?

The strong T ط and the week t ت they are very easy to note for Arabs, unlike for non-Arabic speakers. It's similar to the diffidence between the P and the B in English. ت = add a smile on your face ط = make u open your mouth

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How do you say times like 7:20 in Arabic?

Hello everyone I am Ahmed Mohy an Arabic Teacher and Polly ambassador How to tell time in Arabic We say the hour number and then the Minutes number for example "11 and 25 minutes السَّاعَةُ الوَاحِدَة. One O’clock وَخَمْسُ دَقَائِقَ. And five minutes. السَّاعَةُ الثَّانِيَة. Two O’clock وَعَشْرَ دَقَائِقَ. And ten minutes. السَّاعَةُ الثَّالِثَة. Three O’clock و خمسة عشر دقيقة And fifteen minutes السَّاعَةُ الرَّابِعَة. Four O’clock وعشرون دقيقة Twenty minutes السَّاعَةُ الخَامِسَة. Five O’clock وخمسة وعشرون دقيقة Twenty-five minutes السَّاعَةُ السَّادِسَة. Six O’clock و ثلاثون دقيقة And thirty minutes السَّاعَةُ السَّابِعَةُ. Seven O’clock و خمسة وثلاثون دقيقة And thirty-five minutes السَّاعَةُ الثَّامِنَة. Eight O’clock و اربعون دقيقة And forty minutes السَّاعَةُ التَّاسِعَةُ. Nine O’clock وخمسة واربعون دقيقة Forty-five minutes السَّاعَةُ العَاشِرَةُ. Ten O’clock و خمسون دقيقة And fifty minutes السَّاعَةُ الحَادِيَةَ عَشَرَةً. Eleven O’clock و خمسة وخمسون دقيقة And fifty-five minutes السَّاعَةُ الثَّانِيَةَ عَشَرَةً Twelve O’clock بالظبط Absolutely

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What’s the difference between masculine and feminine numbers in Arabic? Do both men and women say both?

Note that there is no big difference between masculine and feminine numbers in Arabic Masculine and feminine a. 1 2 are like the thing you count b. 3 -9 is the opposite of the thing you count c. From 10 till infinity are like the thing you count

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How do you write bigger numbers like 40, 65 or 144 using Arabic-Indic numerals?

to tell numbers in Arabic : we say the "small number" first then "and" then the "big number" a. EX 31 : in English it is "thirty one" but in Arabic it is said "one and thirty" i. 31 = wa7ed we talatyn – واحد و تلاتين b. EX 27 : English it is "twenty seven" but in Arabic it is said "seven and twenty " i. 27 = sab3ah we 3shreyn – سبعة و عشرين 2. While counting a. Number change according to the gender of the thing you are counting so number has genders in Arabic it could be muscle or feminine b. Don’t count number one and tow just say the single and the dual form of the thing you are counting i. In English one pen = just "pen" in Arabic / قلم ii. In English two pens = dual form in Arabic "pens" in Arabic / قلمان by adding the letter ا ن to the end of the word c. Starting from the count three till the count ten add the number the plural form of the thing you are counting i. 3 pens = ثلاث اقلام ii. 4.5.6.7.8.9 pens = 3.4.5.6.7.8.9 أقلام iii. 10 pens = عشر اقلام d. After the cont of ten starting from the count of eleven till infinity add the number the single form of the thing you are counting i. So in English you say 11 pens but in Arabic you say 11 pen = احدى عشر قلم ii. In English you say 1000 pens but in Arabic you say 1000 pen = ألف قلم e. Use the male form of the number words when you cont 3. Masculine and feminine a. 1 2 are like the thing you count b. 3 -9 is the opposite of the thing you count c. From 10 till infinity are like the thing you count

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