Choices: Listening Practice in Saudi Arabic (Part 1) Posted by Hanan Ben Nafa on Mar 14, 2022 in Advice, Arabic Language, comprehension, opinion, Pronunciation, Vocabulary
Welcome to today’s blog. We will be studying a one-minute, video clip in Saudi Arabic باللهجة السعودية. The clip is taken from a live broadcast بث حي by Dr. Sumaya Al-Nasser الدكتورة سمية الناصر. She is an awareness coach مُدَرِّبَةُ وَعْي & a leading figure شَخْصِيَّةٌ بَارِزَةٌ in the field of self-help مجال تطوير الذات/ التنمية الذاتية. In this short video, she is discussing the topic of choices الاختيارات and the number of consequences related to choices we make. This is a s-part blog post. In this post, I will challenge you to understand the content of the clip by providing English transcript of the video (Please note that Arabic subtitles are provided in the video).
Lets cover some of the key phrases around this topic of choice.
To choose يَخْتَار
to decide يُقَرِّر
*Interestingly, while ‘choice’ in Arabic is اختيار Ikhtiyaar, a similar word: خَيَار Khayaar means> ‘an option’.
A road طَرِيقْ
Some related phrases
We have to choose عَلَيْنَا أَنْ نَخْتَار
You need to make a decision عليك أن تَتّخِذَ قرارًا
make a choice/ choose اخْتَارَْ
What would you choose? مَاذَا سَتَخْتَاْر؟
I don’t have the freedom to choose لَيْسَ لَدَيّ الحُرِيَّة لِأَخْتَار
Our responsibility in life i to choose مسؤوليتنا فَي الحَيَاةِ هِيَ أَنْ نَخْتَار
I’m confused and can’t choose أنَا حَائِر وَلَا أَسْتَطِيعُ الاِخْتِيَار
I’m hesitant – what do you think? أَنَا مُتَرَدِّد – مَا رَأْيُك؟
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Titled: “When you have two road in front of you”.
People who stand in a moment (find themselves at a situation)
Where there are two road in front of them, one would say
I go right (or) I go left
In his mind, he’s saying: I go right so that
All things get sorted, and I feel relieved
And that’s it, no more mess
Or I go left, and all things get sorted
That’s it, no more confusion, nothing
So you have to know that
Either right or left, there is (will be) mess
And it’s not a negative thing that there’s a mess
It’s not a negative thing
Change has consequences
Choosing a new energy has consequences
A decision that is different from a previous decision, has consequences
Even if it’s simple
Like I told you, university
Everyone goes to university
I mean every year, there are millions
Or maybe billions – I don’t know
People who go to uni
And despite that, a university student gets confused, gets confused
I mean he feels that there’s a different energy
There’s something different
I mean from the beginning of time, people get married
The person who gets married feels like.. wow!
There’s confusion, there is something different, there are responsibilities, there is
So this is it
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