The main meals of the day and some related vocabulary Posted by Hanan Ben Nafa on Jul 19, 2017 in Arabic Language, Culture, Pronunciation
In today’s post, we’re going to learn the different names of the main meals of the day and the parts of the day (morning, afternoon, etc.) associated with each meal. You probably know that these names will be named differently in different parts of the Arab world given how diverse Arabic dialects are.
The three meals of the day
Before mentioning what these meals are, it is useful to learn that ‘meals’ is:
in Arabic. It’s the plural form of:
The first meals we’re looking at here is ‘breakfast’:
The origin of this word is the verb:
(created) (The beginning of something)
And since breakfast is eaten in the morning, it’s useful to introduce that in Arabic here:
Interestingly, the prayer time Muslims perform in the morning is called:
Second, lunch is called:
This should not be confused with the word for ‘nutrition’, which is:
Although it’s likely that the word for ‘lunch’ is associated with the word for nutrition since lunch can be considered a very important meal of the day, compared to dinner, for example.
The noon time in Arabic is:
which is exactly the name of the second prayer Muslims perform around (12-2pm).
The third meal we’re looking at is dinner, which is:
Wajbat Al- ashaa’
عَشَاء is very similar to the name of the last prayer Muslims perform at the end of the day, which is:
As is the case with morning and afternoon, العِشَاءْ- also refers to a time of the day, that is the night time, roughly from 9pm to 11.59pm.
Variations within the dialects
Now, it’s time to introduce how these said in different parts of the Arab world. I’m going to focus on four particular dialects: the Egyptian, the Levantine, the Libyan and the Gulf.
Tirwee’a (in the Lebanese dialect particularly)
There’s not much variation regarding the word ‘lunch’. It’s equally pronounced as:
in the (Egyptian, Levantine and the gulf), but it’s pronounced slightly different in the Libyan dialect. it’s:
Again, there’s not much variation here too. It’s very much the same in these three dialects (Egyptian, Levantine and the gulf( and is pronounced as:
However, in the Libyan dialects, it’s pronounced as:
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