Ahlan Wa Sahlan- Welcome, Hello
If you ever want to know what it’s like to be an esl student, become one. ≈Me
I’ve never been a very empathetic person but this class is causing a change in me when it comes to my class of first graders. Even though they understand a lot of English, they are still learning English as a second language and many of them are spoken to in Arabic at home. I have to repeat directions several times in class and I’ve become more mindful of how fast I speak. I’ve been told by multiple people that I speak rather fast.
Darryl and I have had 4 Arabic classes now and my confidence level has gone wayyy down. This class is intense. I am having a lot of difficulty with reading the letters and remembering what they mean. However, I am catching on to bits of conversation pieces when the Arabic teachers at my school talk. I assume it is a lot like this with some of my students.
Anyway this week we learned the Arabic numbers 0-10. Ten is just a combo of 1 and 0.
Here is my favorite phrase that I’ve learned: La Atif– it means I don’t know. I use it quite often.
Ayna taskunu- Where you live?
Ana Askonu fi Bin Omran- I live in Bin Omran
Ahamaloo fi- I work in___
Come (not the right spelling but same sound)- how many, Becum- how much
A few Adjectives: Kabir- big; Jadil- new; Jamil- beautiful;
A few nouns: Baab- door; kitaab- book; cowlim- pen, wajib- homework, Bayt- house/home
Possessive- Kitaab- book, kitaaboka- your book for a boy, kitaaboki- your book for a girl, kitaabohu- his book, kitaaboha- her book, kitaabi- my book
Until next time- Iilaa aliiqaa [Ela licka]- See you