Goodbye Ramadan

Posted on 18. Aug, 2012 by in Arabic Language, art, Culture, Current Affairs, Geography, History, Language, Literature, Vocabulary

     It is the last day of Ramadan and Muslims all over the world are kissing the holy month goodbye. They have worked hard all over the month and deserve some rest and reward which comes to them immediately with the Eid or feast that lasts for three days after Ramadan. Ramadan is a month full of blessings, tolerance and goodness.

     Lots of people, spoke about this holy month. The Prince of Poets; Ahmad Shawqi said;

“Fasting is your protective armor. Fasting is your paradise and protection. It is an institution of science and education; it is a worship and treatment.”

” إنَّ الــصـَّــومَ هـُــو دِرعــُــكَ الـوَاقــِــي . الـصــَّــومُ هــُــو جـَــنــَّــتــَـــكَ و حــِــمــَــايــَــتــَــك . الـصــَّـــومُ هــُــو مـَــعــَــهــَـــدٌ لـِــلــعــِـــلــْـــمِ و الــتــَّــربــيـــَــةِ , هــُـــو عــِـــبـــَـــادةٌ و مــُــعــَـــامــَـــلــَـــة .”

The scholar Mustafa Sadik Al-Raf’iee said;

“How great you are, Ramadan! If the world knew you well, they would call you the ‘school of thirty days’.”

” مـَــا أعــْــظــَـــمــَــــكَ يـــَـــا شــَـــهــْـــرَ رَمــَـــضــَــــان ! لــَــوْ عــَـــرَفــَـــكَ الــعــَــالــَـــمُ حــَــقَّ مــَـــعــْــــرِفــَـــتـــِــــكَ , لأســْـــمــَـــاكَ مــَـــدرَســـَــــةَ الــثـــَّـــــلاثــيـــــنَ يــَـــومــَــــاً .”  

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Listening comprehension exercise, answers and transcription.

Posted on 17. Aug, 2012 by in Arabic Language, Current Affairs, Vocabulary

In the previous post, I presneted a listening comprehension exercise. In this post, I present the answsers of the questions and the transcription of the news item.

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1-      What is Qatar requesting?

Qatar requests to purchase 200 tanks.

2-      What is the value of the weapons transaction?

The value of the weapons deal can reach 2 billion dollars.

3-      What is the purpose of the purchase?

The purpose of the deal is to give Qatar the ability to respond to any aggression from Iran.

4-      What is Emirates seeking?

Emirates seeks to reinforce its arsenal by planes and missiles.

5-      How much have the Emirati and Saudi weapons import rates increased?

Emirates doubled the rate of its weapon import, whereas Saudi Arabia has increased the rate of its weapons import by 7%.

Here is the transcription of the news story:

تقدمت قطر بطلب شراء مئتي دبابة من طراز (ليبورد 2) من ألمانيا ضمن صفقة كبرى لشراء أسلحة قد تصل قيمتها إلى ملياري دولار ستمنحها القدرة على التصدي لأي عدوان من الجانب الإيراني.
الإمارات كذلك تسعى لدعم ترسانتها بالطائرات والصواريخ فقد زادت معدل استيرادها للأسلحة بأكثر من الضعف وفقا لمؤسسة ستوكهولم الدولية لبحوث السلام, كما زادت السعودية معدل الإستيراد بمعدل سبعة في المئة

شراء = purchase

دبابة = tank

صفقة = deal/transactoin

أسلحة = weapons

التصدي ل = respond to

عدوان = aggression

ترسانة = arsenal

طائرات = aeroplanes

صواريخ = missiles

زاد = increased

معدل = rate

استيراد = import

 

 

Listening comprehension exercise

Posted on 17. Aug, 2012 by in Arabic Language, Current Affairs, Vocabulary

Please watch the video below, and try to answer the questions that follow. To make your task easier, I add the translation of key words below.

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Questions:

1-      What is Qatar requesting?

2-      What is the value of the weapons transaction?

3-      What is the purpose of the purchase?

4-      What is Emirates seeking?

5-      How much have the Emirati and Saudi weapons import rates increased?

Key Words

شراء = purchase

دبابة = tank

صفقة = deal/transaction

أسلحة = weapons

التصدي ل = respond to

عدوان = aggression

ترسانة = arsenal

طائرات = planes

صواريخ = missiles

زاد = increased

معدل = rate

استيراد = import

 

Come back again soon for the answers!