Thursday, November 5, 2020

Arabic: Transportation and Payment

Whew this is another vocabulary and grammar packed lesson! What is exciting is that we learn the verb conjugation for he and she. We use it in sentences like the train is leaving and the plane is leaving, but we can see we are close to forming sentences about other nouns (beside I and you). 

The grammar along with the vocabulary we learn will help us get around the Middle East. The more verbs we learn the more we will be able to converse more and more. 

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Learning how to form the numbers is very challenging. For me, they are difficult to hear and then quickly translate into English in my mind. I find myself even having this problem in English, so I do not think it is uncommon!

And it is not just listening to the numbers and understanding what is said, but there are grammar lessons you have to remember when dealing with numbers. When to say mea for hundred or to change it to 'meet'. 

As always take it slow and with patience. This may be something you struggle with for awhile and then one day you're thinking "OMG! I understood that!" Remember the 80% rule (move on from the chapter once you can remember 80% of the lesson) and try to move on with ease and understanding that there will be more challenges. 

Below is the vocabulary that is covered in this lesson of Mango Languages. 

Vocabulary List

If this chapter left you wanting more you crazy Arabic learner you, below are some resources that will be helpful for you to study this lesson. 

  • Mango has great review features at the end of each section including a reading and listening exercise. Also check out the flashcard and recap option!
  • All the vocab words are on my Memrise page.
  • Print out this chapter summary and review the vocab list.
  • We have learned a lot of different words with several pronoun endings. Listen to this video to understand all the pronouns and how to compose these in Arabic.
  • This chapter covers a lot of vocabulary and verb formations. Take a moment to review what you have learned in the past and really concrete the vocabulary and basic grammar understanding.
  • Songs to help train your ear. Note: it is far too early in your learning to understand a song completely. The point is to familiarize yourself with the different sounds commonly used in Arabic and to keep an ear out for the words you have learned.
    • Listen to my Levantine Arabic Spotify list as you work and see what you pick up.



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