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Enquiring about Age أسئلة عن العُمْر Posted by on Nov 5, 2020 in Arabic Language, Dialect, Film, Language, Language Immersion, Pronunciation, Vocabulary

In this blog post, I’m going to introduce you to another set of basic phrases that are related to age عبارات ذات صلة بالعمر and few lines you can use to enquire about someone’s age للسؤال عن عمر أحد ما .

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To introduce you to phrases related to age, I’m going to use another short clip, taken from the same Arab talent show برنامج المواهب العربيةArab Idol – that I used a few weeks ago in order to focus on greeting phrases. The phrases will be included as part of three short conversation in spoken Arabic.

*As I no longer have access to the actual clip, you will be able to hear me read those conversations.

المحادثة الأولى

First Conversation

 

١: إنتِ صُغَيَّرة أوي، ها؟

You’re too young, ha?

 

عندِك كم سنة؟ سبعطاشر؟

How old are you? Seventeen?

 

٢: إمم

Yeah

 

١:  أوكى

Ok

= = = = = = = =

 

*Important Phrases:

  • To comment on how old someone is:

صُغَيَّرة: Young – (Feminine)

صُغَيَّر:  Young – (Masculine)

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كِبِيرة: Old – (Feminine)

كِبِير:  Old – (Masculine)

  • To ask about someone’s age:

 

 You have how many years? = How old are you? – (Feminine) عَنْدِك كم سَنَة؟

 You have how many years? = How old are you? – (Feminine) عَنْدَك كم سَنَة؟

= = = = = = = =

 

Commentary التّعليق

This conversation is in Egyptian Arabic, but below you can see how you can practice this same conversation in Levantine Arabic as well as Standard Arabic.

 

*Levantine Arabic اللهجة الشامية

 

١: إنتِ زْغيرة كتير صح /مش هيك؟

You’re too young, ha?

 

قدِّيش عِمْرِكْ (عندِك كَمْ سِنِة)؟ سبعطاعش؟

How old are you? Seventeen?

 

(٢: إمم (إيه

Yeah

 

١:  طيّب

Ok

= = = = = = = =

*Standard Arabic العربية الفصحى

 

١: أنتِ صَغيرة جدًا، صحيح/أليس كذلك؟

You’re too young, ha?

 

كم عُمْرُكِ؟ سبعة عشر سَنَة؟

How old are you? Seventeen?

 

(٢: إمم (نعم

Yeah

 

١:  حسنًا

Ok

= = = = = = = =

 

المحادثة الثانية

Second Conversation 

١: السلام عليكم

Peace be upon you

 

٢: وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته

May the peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you

 

٣: أهلًا وسهلًا

Welcome

 

٢:  محمَّد

Mhammad

 

١: محمّد شهاب، من العراق

Mhammad Shihab, from Iraq

 

عمري عشرين سنة

I’m 20 years old.

 

٤: والنّعم

It’s a pleasure (Nice to meet you)

 

١: تِسْلَمي

Bless you

= = = = = = = =

Commentary التّعليق

The conversation isn’t in a specific dialect, quite plain.

 

*Important Phrases:

  • To say what your age is:

 My age is = I’m (X) years old – (Masculine & Feminine) :عُمْري

*“My age is” عُمري is the same phrase that is used in pretty much all Arabic varieties as well as Standard Arabic

= = = = = = = =

 

المحادثة الثالثة

Third Conversation

 

١: أهلًا وسهلًا

Welcome

 

٢: اسمك؟ عمرك؟ مِن وين؟

Your name? Your age? And where you’re from?

 

١: محمد عمر، من مصر

Mhammad Omar, from Egypt

 

وعَندي خمسة وعشرين سنة

And I’m twenty-five years old

= = = = = = = =

Commentary التّعليق

The conversation isn’t in a specific dialect, quite plain.

 

*Important Phrases:

  • To ask about someone’s age:

 Your age is? = How old are you? – (Masculine) :عُمْرَكْ؟

 Your age is? = How old are you? – (Feminine) :عُمْرِكْ؟

 

  • To say what your age is:

I have = I’m (X) years old – (Masculine & Feminine) :عَنْدِي

= = = = = = = =

See you soon, in another Arabic blog J
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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.


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