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Comprehension task: Grenfell Tower Fire Victims (2) Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Arabic Language, Vocabulary

Grenfell Tower The charred remains after the tragic fire at the Grenfell Tower, west London.

Grenfell Tower by ChiralJon from is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Welcome back to the second part of this blog post where we are focusing on a compression task, based on a news article produced by BBC Arabic:

As you can see in the link above, or remember from last week, the news article is related to the incident of Grenfell tower in London. This week, we are going to look at the answers to the questions I provided in last week’s post. Below are also some useful phrases that appear in both of the text and the video clip.


Questions and answers (in English):

  • What is Omar’s relationship to Mohammed?

Omar is Mohammed’s brother.

  • What were Mohammed’s last words?

Mohammed’s last words were: ‘Why did you leave me?’

  • Which floor did Omar and Mohammed live in?

The young adults used to live in the fourteenth floor.

  • What did Omar do when he found out about the fire?

He went outside and was rescued by the firefighters.

  • What did Mohammed do when he found out about the fire?

He stayed in the flat and wasn’t taken outside of the tower.

  • What was Mohammed’s legal status in the United Kingdom?

He was a Syrian refugee.

  • How many people died because of the fire?

More than 30 people died.

  • Who is the Hashim, the other person who appears in the video?

Hashim is Mohammed’s brother too.


الأسئلة والإجابات بالعربية


ما هو نوع العلاقة بين عمر ومحمد؟

عمر هو أخ لمحمد


 ماذا كانت كلمات محمد الأخيرة لمحمد؟

كانت كلمات محمد الأخيرة هي: (لماذا تركتني؟)


 في أي طابق كان يسكن عمر ومحمد؟

كان يسكن الشابان في الطابق الرابع عشر


 ماذا فعل عمر عندما علم بالحريق؟

خرج من الشقة وتم إنقاذه من قبل رجال المطافيء


 ماذا فعل محمد عندما علم بالحريق ؟

بقى محمد في الشقة ولم يخرجه أحد من البرج


 ماذا كانت صفة محمد القانونية في المملكة المتحدة؟

محمد كان لاجئاً سورياً


 كم هو عدد الأشخاص الذين ماتوا جراء الحريق؟

مات حوالي أكثر من ثلاثين شخصاً


 من هو هاشم؟ الشخص الآخر الذي يظهر في المقطع (الكليب)؟

هاشم هو أخ لمحمد أيضاً


Important phrases:

عبارات هامة

The British authorities announced that    أعلنت الشرطة البريطانية أن

The death toll     حصيلة القتلى

Firemen     رجال المطافيء

Syrian Refugee     لاجيء سوري

Was rescued by     تم إنقاذه من قبل

Tell mom to read Quran and pray for me     قل لأمي أن تقرأ القرآن وأن تدعو لي

I went outside     ذهبت إلى الخارج

And my brother was inside     وأخي كان بالداخل

I’m in the flat     أنا في الشقة

Used to live with his brother     كان يقيم مع شقيقه

Mohammed died     لقى محمد حتفه – مات محمد

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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.