Track 1 - How do you get around?
Kamaan Shuwayya ‘An Nafsi (كمان شُوَيّه عن نفْسى kamān šuwáyya 3an náfsi A Little More About Myself) will be of tremendous help to independent language learners who want to develop their conversational skills and increase their vocabulary in Egyptian Arabic.
Very simply, Kamaan Shuwayya ‘An Nafsi presents the results of a survey given to 10 Egyptians. Each of the 36 sections in the book begins with a question from the survey followed by the 10 responses and a breakdown of the vocabulary and concludes with a page where you are encouraged to give your own answer to the question using newly learned words and phrases.
This book is the second of a two-part series. If you are not yet at an intermediate level of Egyptian Arabic, it is advised that you complete the first book, Shuwayya ‘An Nafsi (which includes features to assist elementary-level learners: phonemic transcriptions for the texts and even the most basic words are introduced in the chapter glossaries) before moving on to Kamaan Shuwayya ‘An Nafsi. In Kamaan Shuwayya ‘An Nafsi, only glossed words include phonemic transcriptions. Common words which appear numerous times throughout the book do not appear in the chapter glossaries. However, they can still be found in the glossary in the back of the book. The responses are typically somewhat longer than those in the first book.
For more advanced learners, the texts appear again in the back of the book without voweling (tashkeel) or translations (Appendix B), to provide a more challenging reading experience without distractions. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) translations of the texts (Appendix C) are also given for learners who are more proficient in MSA and can benefit from comparing the similarities and differences between it and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA).
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The 36 Questions in Kamaan Shuwayya ‘An Nafsi:
- How do you get around?
- What are you studying or what did you study in college? Or, what did you study after high school?
- What do you like to do in your free time?
- What did you do yesterday?
- What can be found [what is there] in your neighborhood?
- How is your family? Do you have a big family?
- Do you like traveling?
- What did you do this week?
- When did you last go to the movies?
- Do you like to cook?
- Where do you do your [grocery] shopping?
- What was your first ever job?
- What really annoys you?
- Do you like to read? Why? / Why not?
- Can you describe your appearance?
- What was your favorite subject at school?
- When was the last time you worked hard?
- What do you do when you hang out with your friends?
- What’s the most useful thing you possess?
- Where is the most beautiful place you have been?
- What do you bring with you everywhere you go?
- What’s the best show currently on TV?
- Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction books?
- What restaurant do you eat at most?
- Do you care about fashion? What style of clothes do you usually wear?
- How often do you stay up past 2 a.m.?
- Would you like to be famous?
- What kind of house do you live in?
- When do you feel the happiest?
- What do you do after you get up in the morning?
- What is your favorite drink?
- What is the character trait that you value the most in someone?
- What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
- What is your dream job?
- Do you like children and pets?
- Who would you like to talk to right now and what would you say to them?
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