yeah what the hell? cancer of the sea?!?!

selected crab species
1 edible crab
2 common beach crab
3 ____ crab – sponges grow on it
4 hairy crab


Another good langmedia pick
The one on the right about smoking is more amiyya than the previous video i posted; that one even uses الآن and ولكن etc. It’s one of those calibrated middle ground things but honestly closer to fus7a. Now this one is how real people talk. and the interviewer too

I will try to write down some notes from it later today.
شو سبب هيك what’s the reason OF that? (iDaafa technically)

Video on the left is so easy, thank god

On the right is what I’ll focus on now. pronounce نوعا ما like not meh but muh.

Btw, this week things I want to do arabic wise include:
-fixing the bookmarks bar so it has stuff i actually want to use (wait, I wil do that right now…
-get done with this Jordanian colloquial page
-curate Anki
-make good progress on 501 verbs
-write another lang-8 entry…No! Write a journal entry by hand , start a written Arabic journal. good

Back to the question of this video here.
المدنة الحية مش المدن اللي انتهت – from living cities, not ones that are abandoned.

I’m not inclined to write down this whole video, I just want to listen to it 4 or 5 times and then read the transcript

Lang-8 corrections

أحسب بأن أكبر جاحزي في التواصل باللغة العربية حالياً هو قلة المفردات خصوصاً الأفعال. wrong

أجد أن أكبر حاجز في التواصل باللغة العربية حاليا هو قلة المفردات خاصة الأفعال. corrected

So, basically I shouldn’t possess “barrier” ; and say xaaSatan instead of xuSuuSan. I don’t understand why. Whats the difference anyway.

بالإضافة إلى ذلك أرغب في استعمال موقع وجدته مؤخراً من أجل دراسة القرآن قليلاً – حالياً بلغتُ سابع سورة – وأتصوّر أنّه سوف يجب عليّ النوم بعد ذلك. wrong

بالإضافة إلى ذلك أرغب في استعمال موقع وجدته مؤخراً من أجل دراسة القرآن قليلاً -وصلت الآن للسورة السابعة- وأتصوّر أنّي سأخلد للنوم بعد ذلك. correction
واظن اني ساذهب للنوم بعد ذلك

SO I shouldn’t say بلغت for I reached – say وصلت ل or وصلت إلى.
And I have an ordinal number problem : For the seventh suura, say السورة السابعة – dont say سابع سورة
And I’m confused by the verb أخلد that she used for , I presume, “go” to sleep. Or maybe “have” to sleep.  Notice that we are seeing ل instead of إلى in all these cases! Hm.

  • اليوم ذهبتُ إلى النادي صباحاً حيث رفعت الأوزان وركضتُ قليلاً كما أنّي درستُ بعض المفردات في الفصحى في موقع <ميمرايز> الذي أستفيد منه كثيراً. wrong 
  • ذهبت صباح اليوم إلى النادي حيث رفعت بعض الاوزان وركضت قليلا. كما أنّي قد درستُ بعض المفردات بالفصحي في موقع <ميمرايز> الذي أستفيد منه كثيرا right

Look how they corrected اليوم ___ صباحا to صباح اليوم.. That does make more sense I suppose. And they put “some” in front of weights – is lifting weights not an Arabic phrase? Do you have to say lifting some weights? weird

Then very interestingly you can end a sentence and start the next one with كما أن.. “As well as that [I did blah blah blah] . In English that’s a sentence fragment.. BUt apparently it flies in arabic. This reminds me of another confusion situation with إلا أنّ… you can start a sentence that way and it means however, in some cases!

Another option for حاجزي (wrong) is حاجز لديّ – according to another corrector. Nice

Someone corrected me on ربما saying i used it incorrectly. Weird.. I mean, I agree with their correction but i just want to see ربما used somewhere or another.

Ohhhh and i said عن طريق مبكتر meaning “in a creative way” – wronggggg – طريق is street, road! طريقة is what i wanted. But wait, I thought sometimes عن طريق  is an arabic phrase for real. like بصورة بطيئة in a slow way. عن طريق بطيء in a slow way…. right???? Who cares anyway. The point is, they told me to say بطريقة مبتكرة in a creative way. With ب it seems so shaami… I hope these people know what they’re talking about because all of this is intended for fus7a practice.

Quran + other thing

idh amartuka – when I commanded you – idh is a noun i guess

صراطة path!

bima بما is sometimes like because, before a verb. (!!)

I have a list of verbs from the Jordanian colloquial book, and i wanted to get rid of the list as i don’t like having randomthings floating around. So, I will crosscheck it with the Syrian dictionary and add those words to Anki.and maybe put them here too

Here’s the english words I’ll be wanting to check:

  • to appear + adj
    • bayyan is to show up! not transitive. It’s like “he appeared at the last minute”. ما بيّن إلا باخر دئيئه
    • He appears to be very sick. بيظهر عليه ضعفان كتير
  • to arrange
    • arrange it so you’l be here tomorrow. dabbéra latkuun bekra hoon
    • who arranged the books? مين رتّب الكتبز. and say kǝtb not kutub.
  • to ask permission (استأذن)
    • طلب اذن. in Shaami dictionary.
  • to assassinate (اغتال)
    • ġtaal . this is Shaami now. Syrian. transitive duh.
  • to attest to or bring proof برهن
    • فيني برهن انه ما سويتا انا I can prove that i didnt do it. But in other cases برهن على. Interesting the lack of consistency.
    • Another option yesbet. IV originally but here the harakat are wack of course. So… yet. DOesn’t need a prep. Can he prove his claim? fii yesbet ‘ǝddi3aa’o (wtf?!)
  • to attract جذب
    • no… say jaab or jalab.
  • to ignore تجاهل
  • to bake خبز
  • to baptize عمّد
  • to deserve استأهل
  • to desire اشتهى
  • to determine صمّم (II)
  • to disagree WITH اختلف مع
  • to disown تبرّا
  • to divide وزّع II
  • to dodge\avoid تفادى
  • to empty فضّى
  • to explain!!! فسّر  II
  • to become addicted to أدمن IV
  • to become silent سكت this is a little tricky potentially! practice conjugating
  • to blackmail ابتزّ
  • to bless بارك
  • to bribe رشا
  • to brush فرشى
  • to build بنى – oh, just I! That’s surprising a little bit.
  • to call by phone رّن or اتّصل
  • to cancel ألغى yes, it’s IV not I
  • to challenge تحدّّى or اتحدّى as they write it.. just a helping vowel i s’pose
  • to change (the channel) دار
  • to chop or cross (the street) قطع form I!
  • to choose: اختار OR نقّى II
  • to describe وصف lets practice the imperative for this. wSaaf? wSuuf? wSiif? Probably wSuuf.
  • to comprehend or realize أدرك IV
  • to conclude استنتج
  • to continue \ proceed – note that استمرّ is one option but so it كمّل! Good to be mindful of
  • to convince أقنع IV
  • to cooperate تعاون
  • to count عد supposedly without shadda. But they may have just erred
  • to create كوّن
  • three ways to say he cried : بكى or عيّط II, or صيّح II
  • to curse سب with supposedly no shadda. I’m skeptical.
  • to defeat غلب I
  • to deny أنكر
  • to depend on – in addition to اعتمد, there’s also اتّكل. ah, yes. Both VIII!
  • and I’m not done but this has to do for tonight. Even this will take for damn ever.


It can be like متحمس OR حذر\ذكي. I think. But the usage my teacher said is “eager” (to learn); but in the dictionary, I’m seeing usages like careful, and “keen”. But for now just be mindful that it’s one of those فعيل form adjectives (dispositional, was it?) and it means eager.