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Eman and her sister Noora go ice skating. Do they enjoy themselves? Will Eman go ice skating again?

 إمبارح أختي نورا العبقرية أجاها إلهام إنو هي إبتعرف تتزلج على التلج. و أصرت إلا ما نروح منشان تعيش الدور شوي و تورى الناس موهبتها الفظيعة. و لإنو انا مافي متلى قلتلها خلينا انروح منا بنتسلاو منا بنغير جو. رحنا على المول و سجلنا  و لبسنا و صرنا جاهزين للتزلج. الساحه مليانه عالم فاللي بدو يدخل بدو يكون حريف. و مع أني كنت متوتره لأنو أنا ما بعرف أتزلج قلت لحالي نورا بتعرف كتير منيح. هلق بتعلمني منشان ما أوقع على وشي. يعني أنا معتمدة على كلام نورا و موهبتها العظيمة. أجي وقت الدخلية و قلتلها لنورا “كيف بدك تعلمني بهي الزحمه؟” ضحكت و قالت ” إيمان أنا بدي قلك شي بس ما بتعصبي؟” “أنا ما بعرف أتزلج.” و بهي اللحظة صرت أدور حولي على الكاميرات لأنو فكرتا نكته. بس للأسف ما كان في غير كاميرات المراقبة اللي حتسجلنا و نحن عم ننفضح. فإدام كل العالم و الناس لمدة ساعة و نص قعدنا أنا و نورا عم نوقع بدور. هي بتقوم و أنا بوقع و أنا بقوم و هي بتقوع. متل توم و جري. عم يقلكون ما ضل ولد صغير ما ضحك علينا من كتر ما وقعنا. حتى المدرب كان بدو يضحك. و لما خلص الوقت و طلعنا, أطلعت علي  نورا و قالت شو رأيك نجي كل خميس؟” و بحياتي ماجوبت على سؤال بهي السرعة لما قلتلها “لا حببتي, روحي لحالك.”

Eman is originally from Aleppo, Syria. She now lives in the United Arab Emirates.

 

Yesterday, my genius of a sister Noora got a vision that she is a pro at ice skating, and she kept trying to convince me to go with her, so she can show people her amazing skills. Me being the best sister in the world, I agreed to go, so we can have some fun and get some fresh air. So we went to the mall, signed up, got suited up and we were ready to ice skate! The rink was packed, and whoever is going in has to be a pro. And although I was nervous because I have no idea how to ice skate, I thought to myself, Noora knows how to ice skate well. And she’ll teach me, so I don’t fall straight on my face. So I was relying on Noora’s word and her amazing talent. So it was time to go in and I asked Noora “How are you going to teach me when there are all these people around?” Laughing, she says “Eman, I want to tell you something but you don’t get mad, okay?” I don’t know how to ice skate. As soon as she said that, I started looking around for the cameras because I felt she was pranking me. But unfortunately, only the security cameras were there, ready to record us as we embarrass ourselves. So in front of everyone, for an hour and a half, Noora and I took turns falling. She gets up. I fall. I get up. She falls. Just like Tom and Jerry. I’m telling you, every single kid was laughing at us for how many times we fell. Even the coach wanted to laugh! And when it was over, Noora looked over at me and said, “What do you think about doing this every Thursday?” And in my whole life I’ve never given an answer so fast when I said, “No sweetheart, you can go alone!”