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Grandparents الأجداد Posted by on Mar 9, 2022 in Arabic Language, Family

In this post, I thought I’d talk about grandparents الأجداد in Arabic and everything about them that makes them special مميزين in the lives of their surrounding family members أفراد الأسرة.

Do you remember how to say grandfather and grandmother in Arabic?

grandfather is جد

grandmother is جدة

No matter the culture, الأجداد are regarded as being wise حكماء caregivers مقدمي رعاية and deserve the highest respect احترام. At the moment, my husband and I are living in a full house of two children طفلين, an aunt عمة, uncle عم, and أجداد. Watching the growing relationship العلاقة المتنامية between الأجداد and grandchildren الأحفاد has been wonderful. The children have also learned so much more Arabic vocabulary. Living in the US, despite still speaking to my children in Arabic at home, competing with the English speaking world outside can sometimes be tough. So, more people at home to speak Arabic with them has been great رائع!

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My children call their grandfather جدو and their grandmother تيتا. Many children in the Arabic speaking world do the same.

Image provided by Yasmine K.

What do you remember about your grandparents أجدادك and what do you call them in your language?

Here is a text in Arabic talking about the roles of grandparents أدوار الأجداد. But before reading, let’s look at the following vocabulary.

مقدمي رعاية: caregivers

زملاء في اللعب: playmates

مستشارون موثوق بهم: trusted advisors

رعاية أطفال منتظمة: regular childcare

التقارب العاطفي: emotional closeness

التطور الصحي: healthy development

يمكن للأجداد أن يلعبوا العديد من الأدوار المهمة في حياة أحفادهم الصغار المحبوبين. من الممكن أن يكونوا مقدمي رعاية ومعلمين وزملاء في اللعب. إنهم مستشارون موثوق بهم لأطفالهم البالغين الذين أصبحوا الآن آباء. بالنسبة للعديد من العائلات، يوفر الأجداد رعاية أطفال منتظمة. في بعض الحالات، يكونون من مقدمي الرعاية الأساسيين لأحفادهم. وسواء كانوا يعيشون في مكان قريب أو يظلون على اتصال من بعيد، فإن الحب والتقارب العاطفي اللذين يوفرهما الأجداد لهما تأثير كبير وإيجابي على التطور الصحي لأحفادهم

ما هي الأدوار التي يلعبها الأجداد في حياة أسرهم؟

What are the roles grandparents play in their families’ lives?

كيف تؤثر هذه الأدوار على أحفادهم؟

How do these roles affect their grandchildren?

A big يعطيكم العافية to all grandparents out there! Till next week, happy Arabic learning! 😊

*يعطيك العافية: wishing someone strength and wellness as a thank you and to show appreciation for their work.

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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.