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Giving Your Opinion in Arabic Posted by on Jun 2, 2021 in Arabic Language, opinion

In this post, we’ll be learning how to politely give your opinion رأي and ask for others opinions in Arabic. 

Image provided by Yasmine K.

Let’s first look at some topic categories.

السياسة politics

الأدَب literature 

التعليم education

الفن art

الطَعام food

الطَبيعة nature

الصِحّة health

Can you match the following topics to the categories above? 

تغير المناخ  climate change 

منسف  mansaf

الشعر العربي  Arabic poetry 

لقاح فيروس كورونا  coronavirus vaccine

العمارة الإسلامية  Islamic architecture

الصراع الفلسطيني الإسرائيلي  Israeli Palestinian conflict 

التعلم عن بعد  distance learning 

Here are some ways to phrase your opinion in Arabic.

…أنا رأيي أن

My opinion is that…

…في رأيي

In my opinion…

…رأيي هو

My opinion is…

…أعتقد أن

I think that…

…لا أعتقد أن

I don’t think that…

…أرى أن

I see that…

…لا أرى أن

I don’t see that..

Here are some hypothetical questions and answers on the topics above. Before reading them, can you phrase your opinion in Arabic on some of those topics? 

ما رأيك في تغير المناخ؟

What do you think about climate change?

.في رأيي يجب أن نركز على مصادر الطاقة المتجددة

I think that we should focus on renewable energy sources

.ما رأيك في المنسف الطبق الأردني التقليدي

What do you think of mansaf, the traditional Jordanian dish?

.أعتقد أنه طبق ثقيل ولكنه لذيذ جداً

I think it is a heavy dish but very delicious

ما رأيك في الشعر العربي؟

What is your opinion on Arabic poetry?

.أرى أن الشعر العربي يلهمني لتعلم المزيد من المفردات العربية

I see that Arabic poetry inspires me to learn more Arabic vocabulary

ما رأيك في لقاح فيروس كورونا؟

What do you think of the coronavirus vaccine? 

.أنا لا أرى أن هناك مشكلة في أخذ اللقاح

I don’t see that there is a problem with taking the vaccine. 

ما رأيك في العمارة الإسلامية؟

What is your opinion on Islamic architecture?

.رأيي هو أنها جميلة وفريدة من نوعها

My opinion is that it is beautiful and unique

ما رأيك في الصراع الإسرائيلي الفلسطيني؟

What is your opinion on the Israeli Palestinian conflict? 

.أعتقد أنه من المحزن أننا ما زلنا لا نستطيع إيجاد حل لهذا الصراع

I think it is sad that we still cannot find a solution to this conflict.

🎇شو رأي الشارع الفلسطيني بالتعليم عن بعد؟🎇

Here is a clip showing Palestinian pedestrians being asked their opinion on the idea of distance learning التعلم عن بعد during the pandemic جائحةI have transcribed and translated the first eight opinions (00:42 – 1:06) to help you follow along. Keep in mind that their answers are in the Palestinian Levantine dialect. 

الاستثمار في الإنسان هو أهم استثمار، وعشان هيك التعليم جداً مهم. في ظل جائحة كورونا اضطرينا للذهاب للتعليم عن بعد أو التعليم الالكتروني. خلينا نسمع شو رأي الشعب الفلسطيني في هذا الموضوع

منحكي عن التعليم عن بعد. شو رأيك في الموضوع بشكل عام كونك طالبة؟

.فاشل جداً

.في الها مميزات وفي الها سلبيات

.والله هو منيح ومش منيح

.المبدأ هو تمام بس التطبيق تاعو غلط

.نحن مجبرون على هذا التعليم

.يأخذ عن بعد وهو مبسوط

يا زلمة احنا عن قريب مو خالصين، كيف عن بعد؟

.في طلاب ماخدينو انو هو وسيلة للغش وانو يخلصوا أكبر ساعات ممكن

Investing in people is the most important investment, and that is why education is very important. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, we have been forced to look to distance learning or E- learning. Let’s hear what the Palestinian people think about this issue.

We’re talking about distance learning. What is your opinion on the subject in general as a student?

Very unsuccessful.

There are advantages and disadvantages.

By God, it is good and not good.

The principle is good, but the application is wrong.

We are forced into this type of education.

He [learns from a distance] and is happy.

Man, we aren’t done with [face-to face learning], how are we to handle distance [learning]?

Some students take it as a way to cheat and to finish up as many hours as possible.  

Question for you.  .سؤال لك

ما هو رأيك في التعلم عن بعد؟ هل جربت هذا أو تعرف شخص ما جربه؟

What is your opinion on distance learning? Have you had to experience it or know someone who has?

I hope this post helped you practice forming your opinions in Arabic. 

Till next week, happy Arabic learning! 🤓

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About the Author: yasmine

MarHaba! I am half Jordanian of Circassian descent and half American. I have a Master's in Second Language Teaching and I teach Arabic as a foreign language here in the US, both MSA and Levantine Arabic. I hope to help you become more familiar and interested in the Arabic language and culture.


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