learning arabic thru book titles

i saw some of these while at Jeddah international airport and chuckled to myself translating away with what little arabic i know…

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Malaikat & Syaitan = Angels & Demons; by Dan Brown

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Body (Jasad) Language (Lughah) by Allan & Barbara Pease

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Rich Dad (Abi Ghani) Poor Dad (Abi Faqir) by Robert Kiyosaki

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this one was an *aha!* How to say NO (coz the LAA made it obvious)

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and this one is cute! The Cat (Qittun) in the Hat (Qab’ah) by Dr. Seuss

translating the covers is as far as i go… i still have a long long way to go to read the inside, which is in complete arabic *faints*.

that aside, i managed to converse with some people there in arabic. simple questions like “mina anti/anta?” (where are you from?) and “bikam?” (how much?), also correcting a seller when she shortchanged me by 1 riyal. i gave her 10 riyal for a 2 riyal socks and received 7 riyal in return when i was supposed to get 8. so i told her, “sabb’ah” (7 in arabic) coz she couldn’t understand malay/english (some sellers can converse in malay very well since they have a lot of malaysian, indonesian & sg customers) and she gave me my intended 1 riyal.

now i have a stronger motivation to learn arabic! :D

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4 responses to “learning arabic thru book titles

  1. Masya’allah! I love these books! Haha…a big booster for me to learn arabic even more! Thanks mardy for sharing:)

  2. simplymardy

    yup2! there are many ways to learn arabic and this is one way to make learning fun! plus u kinda understand better & the words somehow become etched in ur memory more…

  3. boo

    heeee… thing is, i cannot read arab without the syakel..

  4. simplymardy

    oooh… i think that it takes practice, like everything else when learning a language. the more u read, the more u know =)

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