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Everyday Arabic phrases, using a kids’ song (1) Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Arabic Language, Language, Literature, Pronunciation, Vocabulary

Today, we’re going to learn some everyday phrases in Arabic. To do that, we’re going to use a kids’ song called: ‘Mom, answer me!’ ماما ردي علي

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The song (video below) is in Standard Arabic and it is about a kid called Moodo مودو  . Moodo is a bit bored and is looking for something to do or someone to play with him. He ends up calling every single member of his family and asking them to pay attention to him.

In this part, we’re going to learn the phrases and what they actually mean in English. Because it’s a long one, this will be done in two blog posts, this one and the next one. In the third and the fourth parts of this post, we’re going to learn how to say the same phrases mentioned here, but in Egyptian and Levant (Lebanese) colloquial Arabic.

Ok, lets start

حسناً لنبدأ

أَنَا مُودُو الصَّغِيرْ

I’m little Moodo

لَا أَحَدْ يَهْتَمْ بِي اليَوْمْ

Nobody cares about me today

لَا أَدْرِي لِمَاذَا

I don’t know why!


مَامَا رُدِّي عَـلَيّ

Mom, answer me

بَابَا رُدَ عَـلَيّ

Dad, answer me

مُوتَة رُدِّي عَـلَيّ

Moota, answer me

مُودِي رُدِّي عَـلَيّ

Moody, answer me

مَامَا رُدِّي

Mama, answer me

 بَابَا وَ جَدِّي

Dad, and grandpa

 مُوتَة رُدِّي

Moota, answer me

مُودِي رُدِّي

Moody, answer me

رُدِّي ي ي ي ي ي

Answer meeeeeee


أَرْجُوكُمْ رُدُّواعَلَيّ

Please answer me


مَامَا هَيَّا أَطْعِمِينِي

Mom, come on, feed me

إِنِّي جَائِعْ غَذِّينِي

I’m hungry, give me my lunch


إِنِّي مَشْغُولَة

I’m busy

أَطْبُخُ الفُولَ

I’m cooking the beans

إِنِّهَا مَشْغُولَة

She’s busy


تَطْبُخُ الفُولَ

She’s cooking the beans


انْتَظِرْنِي نِصْفَ سَاعَة

Wait for me, for half an hour

بَعْدَهَا سَنَأْكُلُ جَمَاعَة

And after that, we’ll all eat together


لَا لَا لَا تَدْخُلْ إِلَى المَطْبَخْ

No no don’t go into the kitchen

لِأَنَّ الأَرْضَ مَبْلُولَة

Because the floor is wet


اِذْهَبْ يَا مُودُو

Go, Moodo


بَابَا أَتَقْرَأْ لِي قِصَّة قَبْلَ الغَدَاءْ؟

Dad, would you read a story for me, before lunch?

كَيْ أَنْسَى جُوعِي

So that I forget about my hunger

كَيْ أَنْسَى العَنَاءْ

and so that I forget about the tiredness


إنِي أَسْتَمِعُ إِلَى الأَخْبَارْ

I’m listening to the news

فِي هَذَا الوَقْتِ مِنَ النَّهَارْ

in this time of the day

أَرْجُو أَنْ تخْفِضْ صَوْتَكْ

Please lower your voice

فَأِنِّي أَشْعُرُ بِالدُّوَار

I feel dizzy


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