Yemen Listening Comprehension Answer

Posted on 31. Jan, 2016 by in Arabic Language, Current Affairs, Vocabulary

In this post, I present the answer of the listening comprehension exercise on the humanitarian situation in Yemen. The questions and answers are based on the first two minutes of the report. Additional vocabulary is presented at the end of the post to assist you!

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A) Write the beginning of the report in Arabic, i.e. the first 14 seconds.

صنعاء مدينة محاصرة. ستة أشهر من القصف المتواصل كل يوم. الحملة تقودها السعودية بدعم من دول الغرب.

B) Answer the following questions in English:

How many people were killed in the rocket attack on a building in Sanaa?

Three people were killed in the rocket attack on a building in Sanaa, including a mother and her young daughter.

What does Saudi Arabia deny?

Saudi Arabia denies that an attack for the alliance targeted Old Sanaa and destroyed a building registered on the UNESCO’s world heritage list.

What types of planes are used by Saudi Arabia in Yemen?

The Saudi Arabia uses American M15 and British Typhoon fighter jets in Yemen.

c) Answer the following questions in Arabic:

ماذا علمت بي بي سي؟ وكيف تصف الهجمات؟

علمت بي بي سي بقصف متعمد استهدف مدنيين. هجمات قد ترقى إلى مستوى جرائم الحرب.

ما عدد اليمنيين الذين تركوا منازلهم ويعيشون في مخيمات؟

مليون ونصف مليون يمني تركوا منازلهم ويعيشون في مخيمات.

ما نسبة سكان اليمن الذين لا يملكون طعاماً كافياً؟

نصف سكان اليمن اليوم لا يملكون طعاماً كافياً.

Useful Vocabulary

يكتظ = crowded/packed

صاروخ = rocket/missile

آهلة = populated

خاوية = empty

تنفي = deny

قصف = bombing

مسجل = registered

التراث = heritage

أسلحة = weapons/arms

طائرات = aeroplanes

قتالية = fighter

قنابل = bombs

حدود = borders

استهدف = targeted

هجمات = attacks

جرائم حرب = war crimes

تحالف = alliance

تدريب = training

ادعاء = claim

الاقتتال = fighting

دفع = push

مخيمات = camps

كافياً = sufficient/enough

Learn the 10 Most Common Words about Peace in Arabic (2)

Posted on 31. Jan, 2016 by in Arabic Language, Current Affairs, Language

Marhaba! Hope you all refreshed your memory and/or learned something new from the previous post on the 10 most common words about peace in Arabic. I am confident you all enjoyed solving the crossword puzzle! In this post I am sharing the answers to the Arabic crossword puzzle and some examples of how you can use these words in a sentence. I have also translated and transliterated every example so that you can learn how to read and pronounce every sentence accurately. Stay tuned for a near-future post on the most common words about war. Always think of these exercises as a source of vocabulary and a repertoire of building blocks for your writing, speaking, and reading!

Image by Steven Depolo via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Image by Steven Depolo via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Peace – سلام
Example: After decades of war and destruction, peace now reigns in the homeland.
Translation: بعد عقود من الحرب والدمار, السلام الآن يعم الوطن
Transliteration: Ba‘-da ‘u-qud min al-ha-rib wa-l-da-mar al-sa-lam al-’an ya-‘um al-wa-tan.

Truce –هدنة
Example: The truce will not be violated unless one party launches new attacks.
Translation: الهدنة لن تنتهك إلا إذا أطلق أحد الطرفين هجوم جديد
Transliteration: al-hud-na lan tun-ta-hak il-la ’i-tha in-ta-la-qa a-had al-ta-ra-fayn hu-jum ja-did.

Treaty –معاهدة
Example: The treaty ended all ongoing disputes between these two fighting parties.
Translation: المعاهدة أنهت كل الخلافات بين الطرفين المتنازعين
Transliteration: al-mu-‘a-ha-da an-hat kul al-khi-la-fat bay-na al-ta-ra-fayn al-mu-ta-na-zi-‘ayn.

Peacemaker –صانع سلام
Example: Ahmad was a peacemaker between his fighting brothers.
Translation: أحمد كان صانع سلام بين أخويه المتنازعين
Transliteration: Ahmad ka-na sa-ni‘ sa-lam bay-na akha-way-hi al-mu-ta-na-zi-‘ayn.

Olive Branch –غصن زيتون
Example: After years of fighting, one of the groups extended an olive branch to end all quarrels.
Translation: بعد سنين من التقاتل, أحد الافرقاء مد غصن زيتون لانهاء كل النزاعات
Transliteration: Ba‘-da si-nin min al-ta-qa-tul a-had al-af-ri-qa’ mad-a ghu-sin zay-tun li-in-ha’ kul al-ta-na-zu-‘at.

Coexist –تعايش
Example: Following a 15-year civil war, the people of Lebanon realized that it is better to coexist despite any differences.
Translation: بعد خمسة عشر سنة من الحرب الاهلية, أدرك شعب لبنان انه من الافضل التعايش رغم الخلافات
Transliteration: Ba‘-da kham-sat ‘a-shar sa-na min al-ha-rib al-ah-li-ya ad-ra-ka sha-‘ib lub-nan an-ahu min al-af-dal al-ta-‘a-yush rugh-ma al-khi-la-fat.

Silence –صمت
Example: The silence reveals that the clashes have finally ended.
Translation: الصمت يظهر أن الاشتباكات قد انتهت أخيراً
Transliteration: Al-sa-mit yuth-hir an-na al-ish-ti-ba-kat qad in-ta-hat akhi-ran.

Dove –حمامة
Example: Ali released a dozen doves to remind everyone that the war ended.
Translation: أطلق علي دزينة من الحمام ليذكر الجميع أن الحرب انتهت
Transliteration: At-la-qa Ali da-zi-na min al-ha-mam li-yu-tha-kir al-ja-mi‘ an-na al-ha-rib in-ta-hat.

Security – أمن
Example: The militia fighter indicated that his group launched attacks to maintain the village’s security.
Translation: محارب الميليشيا أعلن أن فريقه أطلق الهجمات للمحافظة على أمن ضيعته
Transliteration: Mu-ha-rib al-mi-li-tia a‘-la-na an-na fa-ri-qa-hu at-la-qa al-ha-ja-mat lil-mu-ha-fa-tha ‘a-la a-min day-‘a-ti-hi.

Agreement –اتفاق
Example: After hours of negotiations, both parties reached an agreement to end the war.
Translation: بعد ساعات من المفاوضات, توصل الفريقين الى اتفاق لانهاء الحرب
Transliteration: Ba‘-da sa-‘at min al-mu-fa-wa-dat ta-wa-sa-la al-fa-ri-qayn ’i-la iti-faq li-in-ha’ al-ha-rib.

peace answers

For now take care and stay tuned for upcoming posts!
Happy Learning!
Have a nice day!!
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Yemen Listening Comprehension

Posted on 31. Jan, 2016 by in Arabic Language, Current Affairs, Vocabulary

Based on the first two minutes of the news report, answer the following questions. The report deals with the humanitarian situation in Yemen. You can use the vocabulary list at the end of the post to assist you!

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A) Write the first sentence of the report in Arabic, i.e. the first 14 seconds.

B) Answer the following questions in English:

  1. How many people were killed in the rocket attack on a building in Sanaa?

  2. What does Saudi Arabia deny?

  3. What types of planes are used by Saudi Arabia in Yemen?

c) Answer the following questions in Arabic:

ماذا علمت البي بي سي؟ وكيف تصف الهجمات؟

ما عدد اليمنيين الذين تركوا منازلهم ويعيشون في مخيمات؟

ما نسبة سكان اليمن الذين لا يملكون طعاماً كافياً؟

Useful Vocabulary

يكتظ = crowded/packed

صاروخ = rocket/missile

آهلة = populated

خاوية = empty

تنفي = deny

قصف = bombing

مسجل = registered

التراث = heritage

أسلحة = weapons/arms

طائرات = aeroplanes

قتالية = fighter

قنابل = bombs

حدود = borders

استهدف = target

هجمات = attacks

جرائم حرب = war crimes

تحالف = alliance

تدريب = training

ادعاء = claim

الاقتتال = fighting

دفع = push

مخيمات = camps

كافياً = sufficient/enough

 Come back again soon to check the answers!