Questions about "Levantine Arabic Colloquial Vocabulary"

  • Questions about "Levantine Arabic Colloquial Vocabulary"

     Nadine  updated 1 day, 16 hours ago 3 Members · 6 Posts
  • Mehmet

    Member
    July 29, 2020 at 5:49 am

    مرحبا

    I recently started learning with the Anki deck for “Levantine Arabic Colloquial Vocabulary”, and there are a couple of expressions that I don’t quite understand:

    1. “3índak íxwi banēt?” is translated as “Do you have any brothers or sisters?”
    Is that right? Is the “or” just understood? To me it looks like it means “Do you have any female siblings?”

    2. “3índi ixtēn ákbar mínni uwáɧdi áʂɣar.” is translated as “I have two older sisters and one younger brother.”
    Where does it say “brother”? I would interpret that as “I have two older sisters and a younger one (i.e. sister).”

  • Axel

    Member
    July 30, 2020 at 7:22 am

    Hello,

    I am studying that deck too! 🙂

    1. I think it can be translated litteraly by “Do you have brothers girls”, which would mean that “بنات” is here used for “sisters” and that the “and” is implied.

  • Axel

    Member
    July 30, 2020 at 7:23 am

    2. I understand it just as you do.

    Some explanations from a native would be most welcome 🙂

  • Axel

    Member
    August 1, 2020 at 7:29 am

    Great. Thank you. I hope this will be corrected 😉

  • Nadine 

    Moderator
    August 3, 2020 at 7:25 am

    Hi Mehmet,

    Thank you for pointing out the mistakes.

    You are totally write.

    “3índak íxwi banēt?” should be translated to “Do you have any female siblings?”

    “3índi ixtēn ákbar mínni uwáɧdi áʂɣar.” should be translated to “I have two older sisters and a younger one (i.e. sister).”

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