Upper Intermediate - Hard working

August 10th, 2010 5 comments
Most people don't achieve a successful comfortable life without hard work. Working hard has been encouraged in the Arabic culture since ancient times. Tune in to the lesson and hear wise poetic verses that Ehab and Mohamed go through.

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Desmond
Desmond says chat
Wed 11th Aug 10@06:51 am

In this podcast Ehab uses the word ﺒﻴﺖ to denote a line of verse. This lexical item looks and sounds like the word for house, but a slight difference becomes apparent when we examine the harakaat. There is a damma over the last letter of the word for line, but there is no diacritical sign whatever above the final consonant of the word for house. Is this the only difference? Do both words have the same plural?

I recently listened to a podcast by a gentleman who teaches Arabic at Georgetown University. The American lecturer said that the Arabic word for house could be pronounced like Engl. bite or Engl. bay + t. I think hes right, for Ive heard both phonetic variants in dozens of YouTube videos where Arabic-speaking journalists interview Arabic politicians, singers and writers.

What about the word that means line of verse? In the podcast Ehab pronounces the vowel of ﺒﻴﺖ like the vowel in Engl. bay. Would it be equally correct to pronounce this noun like Engl. bite?
tomest05
tomest05 says chat
Thu 12th Aug 10@05:26 am

Yes, I too was thrown off a bit by the alternate use of , to mean "line, verse", perhaps this has a less religious connotation, since the words I generally know for verse is . I am looking forward to the explanation. Very nice sayings!

Love em

Tomes
tomest05
tomest05 says chat
Thu 12th Aug 10@05:53 am

Also, I'm a bit thrown off by the last line, I was looking in my Hans-Wehr... and the word talks about youth, or adolescents... and I'm pretty sure means like "position" or "level" or "attributes"... so I'm confused how that translations became "ignorance puts down the honorable man"... perhaps a translation could be
"Knowledge raises the forsaken to prestige, and ignorance prevents youth their heir/rightful spot"...

I know there's probably alot of cultural sub-meanings parsed in there... but just trying to see how "honourable man" was derived.

Thanks for any insight.

Tomes
Desmond
Desmond says chat
Thu 12th Aug 10@08:57 am

The omission of a letter can make a considerable difference, Tomes. ﺴﺮﺓ means navel. The word ﺴﻮﺮﺓ denotes a surah, i.e. a chapter of the Quran. Each chapter consists of verses, and the technical term for a Coranic verse is ﺁﻴﺔ (generally transcribed as ayah in English).
ArabicLover
Fri 13th Aug 10@11:07 am

A verse of poetry is called bayt in Arabic. I think it's pronounced the same way as the word house
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