Letter of the Week (ذ) thaal Posted by yasmine on Apr 1, 2020 in Uncategorized
Moving on to our ninth letter of the Arabic alphabet (ذ), we will look at various words beginning with (ذ) along with an Arabic Bedouin film titled ذيب, and lastly, how the letter ذ is pronounce in Levantine Arabic.
Let’s begin with looking at your basic forms of the letter ذ.
Initial ذ, as in the word “ذِرَاع” meaning “arm”.
Medial ـذ , as in the word “تَذْكرة” meaning “ticket”.
Final ـذ, as in the word “لَذيذ” meaning “delicious”.
Compared to other letters, you may not find as many words beginning with ذ, but can you try and think of any before looking at the following words?
.لَدي الكثير مِن ذِكريات الطفولة الجَميلة I have many nice childhood memories.
Note: The verb “to remember” is تَذكّر and “memory” as in the faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information, is ذاكِرة.
ذَهَب: gold .مَولود وفي فَمه مِلعقة ذَهَب He was born with a golden spoon in his mouth.
ذَهَبَ: to go .ذهبوا إلى مَطعم لُبناني في وَسْط المَدينة
They went to a Lebanese restaurant downtown.
ذَكِيّ: smart .إنها ذَكية جِداً بالِنسبة لِعُمرها She is very smart for her age.
ذَلِك : that .كُنتُ مَريضة في ذَلك الوَقت ولم أستطع الذهاب إلى العَمل
I was sick at that time and couldn’t go to work.
ذَوق: taste .أحبُ ذوقك في الموسيقى I like your taste in music.
In Modern Standard Arabic, the word for “wolf” is ذِئْبٌ. For example, the story “Little Red Riding Hood” in Arabic is translated to ليلى والذئب meaning “Laila and the Wolf”.
Unless you’re watching a documentary, most Arabic films are in spoken Arabic. If you are interested in watching an Arabic film where you can hear the Bedouin dialect اللهجة البدوية, then the film Theeb ذيب is a very well made and thrilling مُثير movie to watch. (7.2/10 on IMBD)
I personally enjoyed it. ذيب, meaning “wolf” in Bedouin dialect, it is a period drama thriller film written and directed in Jordan. It focuses on a young Bedouin boy, named ذيب, who must survive in the wide-open Wadi Rum desert. The film takes place in 1916 during World War I, in the wake of the Great Arab Revolt الثورة العربية الكبرى against the ruling Ottoman Empire الإمبراطورية العُثمانية.
Here is the trailer. 🎥😊
Here is an article in Arabic talking about the making and success of the film ذيب.
Many words in Modern Standard Arabic that begin with ذ are pronounce with a د or a ز instead. There really is no rule to know which to use. That comes with practicing the dialect.
Here are some examples:
ذَهَب meaning gold would be pronounced دَهَب
تَذْكرة meaning ticket would be pronounced as تَزكرة
لَذيذ meaning delicious would also be pronounced as لَزيز
Till next time, happy Arabic learning! 😊