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Murder on the Orient Express (1) جريمة في قطار الشرق Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

Last Friday was the release date of the movie Murder on the Orient Express in UK cinemas. You can find a photo I took when I went to watch the movie on the first day of its release – the 3rd of November. This film adaptation التبنّي السينمائي   is based on مقتبس عن Murder on the Orient Express, a novel رواية by the great, British, detective fiction author (كاتبة الأدب الجنائي (البوليسي – Agatha Christie. This blog will help you learn about the history of the actual Orient Express where Christie got her inspiration from in Arabic.

‘Image of detective Poirot – via Pixabay’

Before learning about the orient express, I’m going to list some words which keep coming up and are used when talking about the release of any movie in cinema.

Useful Words: 

Genre       الصنف

Running time   مدة العرض

Synopsis  الملخص

Production   الإنتاج

Production company      شركة الإنتاج

Release (date)       تاريخ الإصدار  – الصدور

Directed by (Director)   المخرج

Screenplay      السيناريو – النص السينمائي

Based on    مقتبس –  مأخوذ عن

Starring (Cast)      البطولة

Distribution     التوزيع

Cinematography      التصوير السينمائي

Language     اللغة الأصلية

Country     البلد

Awards     الجوائز


Here’s also the movie trailer, translated into Arabic.


Now, let’s turn to the video clip we are going to use to learn more about the Orient Express. The report in the clip was made for Mahattaat محطات  (stations) show. After you listen to it, have a go at answering the questions below.

*You only need to listen to the first 1:42 minutes of the clip in order to answer the questios below.


  1. what’s the city (mentioned in the report) that the Orient Express usually stops at? and what the station called?
  2. In which year did the Orient Express started its first journey ever?
  3. What type of journeys does the Orient Express currently make?
  4. What was the Orient Express used for in the past?
  5. What most people think of when they hear the word ‘Orient Express’?
  6. Why was the Orient Express given this name?
  7. What are the two area that the Orient Express link between?
  8. What is the time period that the Orient Express enact?
  9. How can the passenger notice this enactment while being on the train?



١. ما هي المدينة (المشار إليها في التقرير) التي يتوقف عندها عادة قطار الشرق السريع؟ وما اسم المحطة التي ذكرت؟ 

٢. في أي سنة بدأ قطار الشرق السريع أولى رحلاته؟ 

٣. ماهو نوع الرحلات التي يقوم بها القطار حاليا؟ 

٤. مالذي كان يٌستخدم قطار الشرق لنقله في الماضي؟ 

٥. بماذا يفكر أغلب الناس عندما يُذكر أمامهم اسم قطار الشرق السريع؟ 

٦. مالسبب وراء تسمية قطار الشرق السريع بهذا الاسم؟ 

٧. مالمنطقتين التي يصل بينهما قطار الشرق السريع؟ 

٨. ماهو الزمن الذي يحاكيه قطار الشرق السريع؟ 

٩. كيف يمكن للمسافر أن يشعر بهذا أو يراه في فترة وجوده في القطار؟


Stay tuned, and make sure you check  the second part of this post next week, for the answers.. and more! 







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About the Author: Hanan Ben Nafa

Hi, this is Hanan :) I'm an Arabic linguist. I completed my PhD in Linguistics - 2018. My PhD thesis was entitled Code-switching as an evaluative strategy: identity construction among Arabic-English bilinguals. I'm also a qualified public service translator & interpreter.


  1. marchoso:

    Great job. good job. I study Arabic on my own, and any help is always welcome.

    • Hanan:

      @marchoso Thanks! Always glad to be of help 🙂