The 10 Most Interesting Facts about Thanksgiving in Arabic!

Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by in Arabic Language, Current Affairs, History, Language

Marhaba! I cannot emphasize the importance of giving thanks to family members, friends and random people that you meet day in and day out. As I mentioned earlier on, I think one should always give thanks throughout the year and not on one particular day. Like every year, millions of people in the United States are commuting in every possible mode of transportation to make it in time for Thanksgiving. Americans in the U.S. and around the world will celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday November 27. By all means,it’s the holiday for celebrating thanks, having a great and huge meal, shopping for family and friends, and relaxing a bit from work and everyday stress. Today I am sharing what I think are the 10 most interesting facts about Thanksgiving. To make it sweeter and beneficial to your learning, I have translated these facts to Arabic. So next time you’re with friends and family, you can impress them with these facts by discussing them in Arabic. If you happen to be spending Thanksgiving Day with friends or family in the U.S. or somewhere around the world, then make sure you study this post thoroughly to make an impression with any Arabic-speaking friends at the table.

1) The first Thanksgiving was held in the Autumn of 1621.

إحتُفِلَ بأول عيد شُكر في خريف عام 1621

Thanksgiving by Robert Hensley | Flickr

Thanksgiving by Robert Hensley | Flickr

2) The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted for three days.

أول إحتفال بعيد الشكر دام ثلاثة أيام

3) The first Thanksgiving dinner was eaten with spoons and knives, but no forks.

أول عشاء شكر إستُعمِلَ فيه ملاعق وسكاكين ولكن من دون شوَك

4) President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a U.S. national holiday in 1863.

أعلن الرئيس ابراهيم لنكولن عيد الشكر عيداً رسميّاً سنة 1863

5) Historians mention that roasted turkey was not served at the first Thanksgiving dinner.

يظن المؤرخون أنه لم يُقَدَّم الديك الرومي في أول عشاء بعيد الشكر

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone by Satya Murthy | Flickr

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone by Satya Murthy | Flickr

6) Thanksgiving is the reason for TV dinners, which began in 1953.

عيد الشكر هو السبب وراء ظهور الوجبات السريعة (أو وجبة التيليفزيون) عام 1953

7) Every year Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.

يُحتَفَل بعيد الشكر كل رابع خميس من شهر تشرين الثاني من كل سنة

8) Starting with President Truman in 1947, each year the President of the U.S. pardons a turkey.

ابتدائاً مع الرئيس ترومن سنة 1947, يقوم رئيس الولايات المتحدة بالعفو عن ديك رومي كل عام

Vintage Thanksgiving Day Postcard by Dave | Flickr

Vintage Thanksgiving Day Postcard by Dave | Flickr

9) Approximately 700 million pounds of turkey are consumed each Thanksgiving.

يُستَهلَك حوالي 700 مليون باوند من الديك الرومي (الحبش) كل عيد شكر

10) Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the U.S., not the eagle.

أراد الرئيس بنجامين فرانكلن أن يكون الديك الرومي (الحبش) الطائر الرمز الوطني للولايات المتحدة وليس النسر

Image by Valerie Everett | Flickr

Image by Valerie Everett | Flickr

To all those celebrating this Thursday, a very Happy Thanksgiving to you! Enjoy and always remember to give thanks!!

stay tuned for upcoming posts!

Have a nice day!!

نهاركم سعيد

Listening Comprehension- Miss Ronde France – answers

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Arabic Language, Culture, Current Affairs, Vocabulary

In this post, I present the answers of the listening comprehension exercise presented earlier, and the transcription of the news story. There is also a list of useful vocabulary.

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Transcription:

أقيم في فرنسا حفل انتخاب ملكة جمال البدانة، وفازت جوليا كاستيللي بهذا اللقب لعام 2013. حسب ما أوردت مجلة “باري ماتش”، وقد جرت المنافسة بين 24 مرشحة، وأعربت الفائزة والتي تبلغ من العمر 22 عاماً عن سعادتها في أن تصبح سفيرة لجيل جديد من النساء البدينات.

Questions and answers:

1- Where was the Miss Ronde competition held?

The competition was held in Frnace.

2- Who won the competition?

Julia Castelli won the competition.

3- How many contestants entered the competition?

There were 24 contestants in the competition.

4- How old is the winner?

The winner is 22 years old.

5- What did the winner say?

The winner said that she was happy to be an ambassador for a new generation of obese women.

Useful Vocabulary:

ملكة جمال البدانة = Miss Ronde France

أقيم = was held

انتخاب = election

ملكة جمال = beauty queen

البدانة = obesity

فاز = won

اللقب = the title

مجلة = magazine

المنافسة = competition

مرشح = candidate

أعرب = expressed

عمر = age

سعادة = happiness

سفير = ambassador

جيل = generation

Listening Comprehension- Miss Ronde France

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Arabic Language, Culture, Current Affairs, Vocabulary

In this post, I present a listening comprehension exercise in Arabic. Please listen to the video and answer the questions that follow. You can use the vocabulary list provided to facilitate your comprehension.

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Answer the following questions:

  1. Where was the Miss Ronde competition held?

  2. Who won the competition?

  3. How many contestants entered the competition?

  4. How old is the winner?

  5. What did the winner say?

 Useful Vocabulary:

ملكة جمال البدانة = Miss Ronde (France)

أقيم = was held

انتخاب = election

ملكة جمال = beauty queen

البدانة = obesity

فاز = won

اللقب = the title

مجلة = magazine

المنافسة = competition

مرشح = candidate

أعرب = expressed

عمر = age

سعادة = happiness

سفير = ambassador

جيل = generation

Come back again to check the answers and to read the transcription.