Learn Arabic as it is really spoken. Listen to and read Egyptian Colloquial Arabic.

Yomna tells us about a recent trip to the zoo with her sons and a lonely lion that makes her think.

ุงู‡ู„ุงู‹ ุจูŠูƒู…. ูŠูˆู… ุงู„ุณุจุช ุงู„ู„ู‰ ูุงุช ุงุจู†ู‰ ุงู„ูƒุจูŠุฑ ุญู…ุฒู‡ ุฌู‡ ุตุญุงู†ู‰ ู…ู† ุงู„ู†ูˆู…ุŒ ูˆ ู‚ุงู„ู‰: ู…ุงู…ุง ูˆุฏูŠู†ู‰ ุฌู†ูŠู†ุฉ ุงู„ุญูŠูˆุงู†ุงุช. ุงู†ุง ูˆุฏูŠุชู‡ ู‚ุจู„ ูƒุฏู‡ ู…ุฑุชูŠู†ุŒ ูˆ ู…ู† ุณุงุนุชู‡ุง ูˆ ู‡ูˆ ู…ุชุนู„ู‚ ุจุงู„ู…ูƒุงู†. ูˆ ุฏุงูŠู…ุงู‹ ูŠุทู„ุจ ู…ู†ู‰ ุงูˆุฏูŠู‡. ุงูƒุชุฑ ุญุงุฌู‡ ุจุชุนุฌุจู‡ ู‡ู†ุงูƒ ู„ู…ุง ุงู„ุญุฑุงุณ ุจูŠุณู…ุญูˆู„ู‡ ุงู†ู‡ ูŠูˆูƒู„ ุงู„ุญูŠูˆุงู†ุงุช ุจุงูŠุฏู‡. ุจุงู„ู†ุณุจู‡ ู„ุงุจู†ู‰ ุงู„ุตุบูŠุฑ ุณู„ู…ุงู†ุŒ ูƒุงู†ุช ุงูˆู„ ู…ุฑู‡ ูŠุฑูˆุญ ูˆ ู‡ูˆ ู…ุฏุฑูƒ. ูุง ุจุงู„ุชุงู„ู‰ ุงู„ู…ูˆุถูˆุน ูƒุงู† ุจุงู„ู†ุณุจู‡ ู„ู‡ ู…ุจู‡ุฑ ุฌุฏุงู‹. ุญู…ุฒู‡ ุจู‚ู‰ ุงู„ู…ุฑู‡ ุฏู‰ ูƒุงู† ู…ุฑูƒุฒ ู…ุนุงูŠุง ูู‰ ุงู„ุงุชุฌุงู‡ุงุช ูˆ ุจูŠู‚ุฑุง ู…ุนุงูŠุง ุงู„ุฎุฑูŠุทู‡. ู…ุซู„ุงู‹ ูƒุงู† ุนุงูŠุฒ ูŠุดูˆู ุงู„ูƒุงู†ุฌุงุฑูˆ. ูˆ ู‚ุฏุฑ ุงู† ู‡ูˆ ูŠู„ุงู‚ูŠู‡ ุนู† ุทุฑูŠู‚ ุงู† ุงุญู†ุง ุงุชุจุนู†ุง ุงุฑุดุงุฏุงุช ุงู„ุฎุฑูŠุทู‡. ู…ู† ุถู…ู† ุงู„ุญุงุฌุงุช ุงู„ู„ุทูŠูู‡ ุงู„ู„ู‰ ุดูู†ุงู‡ุง ูƒุงู† ุงู„ุจุญูŠุฑู‡ ุจุชุงุนู‡ ุงู„ุจุท. ูˆ ู„ู…ุง ุจูŠุทู„ุนูˆุง ู…ู† ุงู„ุจุญูŠุฑู‡ ุจู†ุดูˆูู‡ู… ู…ุงุดูŠูŠู† ูˆุฑุง ุจุนุถุŒ ุฒู‰ ู…ุง ุจูŠู‚ูˆู„ูˆุง ุนู„ูŠู‡ ุทุงุจูˆุฑ ุงู„ุจุท. ูƒุงู† ุดูƒู„ู‡ู… ุธุฑูŠู ุงูˆู‰. ูˆ ุทุจุนุงู‹ ุงู„ุงุณุงุณู‰ ุงู† ุงุญู†ุง ุจู†ุฏูˆุฑ ุนู„ู‰ ุงู„ุงุณุฏ. ูˆ ุงู„ุงูˆู„ุงุฏ ูŠู‚ุนุฏูˆุง ูŠู‚ู„ุฏูˆุง ุตูˆุชู‡. ุงู†ุง ู„ุงุญุธุช ุงู†ู‡ ุงู„ุงุณุฏ ูƒุงู† ุนู…ุงู„ ูŠู„ู ุฌูˆู‡ ุงู„ู‚ูุต ุจุชุงุนู‡. ูŠุนู†ู‰ ูƒุงู† ุงุญุณุงุณู‰ ุงู†ู‡ ู‡ูˆ ู…ู†ุฒุนุฌ. ูˆ ุจุธู† ุงู†ู‡ ู…ู†ุฒุนุฌ ู…ู† ุงู„ุญุจุณ. ุจุตุฑุงุญู‡ ู‡ูˆ ููƒุฑู‡ ุงู†ู‡ ุงู„ุงุทูุงู„ ูŠู‚ุฏุฑูˆุง ูŠุดูˆููˆุง ุงู„ุญูŠูˆุงู†ุงุช ูˆ ูŠุชุนุงู…ู„ูˆุง ู…ุนุงู‡ู…. ู‡ู‰ ููƒุฑู‡ ู„ุทูŠูู‡ ูˆ ู…ุณู„ูŠู‡ ู„ู„ุงุทูุงู„. ุจุณ ูู‰ ู†ูุณ ุงู„ูˆู‚ุช ุงู† ุงุญู†ุง ู†ุญุฑู… ุงู„ุญูŠูˆุงู†ุงุช ุงู„ู„ู‰ ุทุจูŠุนุชู‡ุง ุงู†ู‡ุง ุชุนูŠุด ุจุญุฑูŠู‡ ูู‰ ุงู„ุบุงุจู‡ ูˆ ุงู„ุงู…ุงูƒู† ุงู„ู…ูุชูˆุญู‡… ู†ุญุฑู…ู‡ู… ู…ู† ุงู„ุญุฑูŠู‡ ุฏู‰ ุฏู‡ ุดูŠุก ูŠุนู†ู‰ ู…ุด ูƒูˆูŠุณ. ุจุชุฎูŠู„ ุงู†ู‡ ู„ูˆ ุงู‰ ุญุฏ ููŠู†ุง ู…ูƒุงู†ู‡ู… ู‡ูŠุจู‚ู‰ ุญุฒูŠู† ุฌุฏุงู‹. ูŠุนู†ู‰ ุจุดูˆู ุงู†ู‡ ู…ู…ูƒู† ู†ุนู…ู„ ู…ุฒุฑุนู‡ ููŠู‡ุง ุญูŠูˆุงู†ุงุช ุฏุงุฌู†ู‡ ูˆ ุงู„ูŠูู‡. ุงู„ุงุทูุงู„ ูŠุณุชู…ุชุนูˆุง ูˆ ูŠุดูˆููˆุง ุงู„ุญูŠูˆุงู†ุงุช ูˆ ูŠู„ุงุนุจูˆู‡ู… ูˆ ูŠูˆูƒู„ูˆู‡ู…ุŒ ูˆ ูู‰ ู†ูุณ ุงู„ูˆู‚ุช ุงู„ุญูŠูˆุงู†ุงุช ุฏู‰ ู…ุชุนูˆุฏู‡ ุงู† ู‡ู‰ ุชุนูŠุด ูู‰ ุงู…ุงูƒู† ุฒู‰ ุงู„ู…ุฒุฑุนู‡. ุงู†ู…ุง ุงู„ุญูŠูˆุงู†ุงุช ุงู„ู„ู‰ ุนุงูŠุดู‡ ูู‰ ุงู„ุบุงุจู‡ ูˆ ู…ุชุนูˆุฏู‡ ุนู„ู‰ ุงู„ุญุฑูŠู‡ุŒ ุงุญู†ุง ู…ู†ุญุฑู…ู‡ุงุด ู…ู† ุฏู‡. ู„ุงู†ู‡ ูŠุนู†ู‰ ุขุฏู…ูŠุชู†ุง ุชุฎู„ูŠู†ุง ู…ู†ุจู‚ุงุด ุงู†ุงู†ูŠูŠู† ุชุฌุงู‡ ุจู‚ูŠุฉ ุงู„ู…ุฎู„ูˆู‚ุงุช. ุจุชู…ู†ู‰ ูู‰ ูŠูˆู… ู…ู† ุงู„ุงูŠุงู… ุงู†ู‰ ุงุฎุฏ ุงุจู†ู‰ ู„ู…ุฒุฑุนุฉ ุงู„ุญูŠูˆุงู†ุงุช ุจุฏู„ ุฌู†ูŠู†ุฉ ุงู„ุญูŠูˆุงู†ุงุช. ูˆ ุจุชู…ู†ู‰ุงู„ูƒู… ุฏุงูŠู…ุงู‹ ุฑุญู„ุงุช ู„ุทูŠูู‡. ุดูƒุฑุงู‹.

Hello! Last Saturday, my older son Hamza woke me up, and said to me, “Mom, take me to the zoo.” I had taken him there twice before, And ever since then, he’s been attached to the place. And he always asks me to take him there. The thing that he likes the most there is when the zookeepers let him feed the animals by hand. For my younger son Salman, it was his first time to go while being aware. So it was so amazing for him. This time Hamza was concentrating with me on directions and reading the map with me. For example, he wanted to see the kangaroo. He was able to find the way by following the map directions. One of the nice things we saw was the duck pond. And when they came out of the lake, we saw them walking single file, [or] as they call it, “in a duck row.” They looked so funny. And of course, the main target was to look for the lion. And the boys started to mimic its roaring. I noticed that the lion kept turning around in his cage. I felt like it was upset. And I guess it was upset for being confined. Frankly, the idea of letting the kids see and interact with the animals is nice and fun for the kids. But at the same time, depriving animals that are used to living freely in the jungle and open spaces… depriving them of their freedom isn’t good. I imagine if any (one) of us was in their situation, he’d be so sad. So… I think we could make a farm with domestic and tame animals, where kids can enjoy seeing, playing with, and feeding the animals while these animals are already used to living in places like farms. But the animals living in the jungle and used to freedom, we won’t be depriving them of this. Because our humanity should prevent us from being selfish toward other creatures. I hope one day I’ll [be able to] take my son to the animal farm instead of the zoo. And I wish you all nice trips. Thanks.

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