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Mother’s Day: how did it start? (part 1) Posted by on Mar 22, 2021 in Arabic Language, Culture, History, Pronunciation, Vocabulary

Welcome to a new post. Yesterday, the Arab world celebrated Mother’s Day عيد الأم. As you probably know, countries around the world celebrate this occasion on different dates في تواريخ مختلفة and in different ways بطرق مختلفة . Below is a video clip, by Cairo Time, which briefly talks about this difference. In today’s post and next week’s, we will learn about these differences and look at some of the key words around this topic.

 

Photo by Ashton Mullins on Unsplash

 

The video clip – see below – is just under 2-minute long and is titled:

 

كيف بدأ عيد الأم؟

How did Mother’s Day start?

 

*The clip is slightly fast paced, but you can slow it down and follow the subtitles provided.

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*In addition to the Arabic word of “Umm” أم  to refer to a mother, you will hear in the clip two nicknames or terms of endearment that people use instead of mom/mother, and these are:

 

ست الحبايب Sitt  El-habayeb

 It means: the great mother or the of the queen/best of beloved ones

ستّ الكُلّ Sitt  El-kull

It means: the one and onlythe lady of all

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Let’s now move on to the video>>

 

 

Keywords الكلمات الرئيسية:

 

Below is a list of the main words (in Arabic & English) that are used in the clip to talk about this day and the meaning behind it.

 

English Arabic
Lady

 ست

 

Her children

ولادها

 

She raised them

ربّتهم

 

She brought them up (made them grow)

كبّرتهم

 

They grew up

كبروا

 

We express

نعبّر

 

Our appreciation

تقديرنا

 

to our mothers

لأمهاتنا

 

And to their role

ولدورهم

 

It celebrates

تحتفل

 

She cared of her

اهتمّت بيها

 

She took care of her

رعِتها

 

The most compassionate creature

أحنّ مخلوق

 

Honouring ceremony

حفلة تكريم

 

She honoured her

كرّمتها

 

Official holiday

إجازة رسمية

 

National Day

مناسبة قومية

 

Motherhood

الأمومة

 

Love you unconditionally

يحبك بدون مقابل

 

Will never forsake you

عمره ما يستغنى عنك

 

Your respect of her

احترامك ليها

 

gift

هدية

 

You give to her

تقدّمهالها

 

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Matching Exercise تمرين توصيل:

 

Part (A)

 

On the right below, there is a list of some of the countries mentioned in the clip. On the left, a brief statement on how each celebrates Mother’s Day – in Arabic and English.

*Match each country with the way it celebrates Mother’s Day.

 

The way of celebration

 

طريقة الاحتفال

Country الدولة

Red Tulip meal

 

شعائر دينية ورقص في الشوارع

 

اليابان

The mother stays relaxed in bed and eats breakfast there

 

كيك (كعكة) على شكل وردة

فرنسا

A rose-shape cake

 

 

تبقى الأم في مرتاحة في السرير، وتتناول الفطور هناك

السويد

Religious rites & dancing in the streets

 

أكلة وردة القرنفل الحمراء

تايوان

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Part (B)

 

On the right below, there is a list of some of the countries mentioned in the clip. On the left, the date on which Mother’s Day is celebrated in that country.

*Match each country with the day on which it celebrates Mother’s Day.

 

يوم الاحتفال  The celebration day

 

Country الدولة

آخر أحد من مايو

The last Sunday of May

 

مصر

ثاني أحد من مايو

The second Sunday of May

 

أمريكا

٢١ مارس

 

اليابان

آخر أحد من مايو

The last Sunday of May

 

فرنسا

ثاني أحد من مايو

The second Sunday of May

السويد

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Stay tuned for next week’s post to learn more and check your answers 🙂

 

 

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About the Author: Hanan

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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