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‫23 [ثلاثة وعشرون]‬

‫تعلم اللغات الأجنبية‬


Where did you learn Spanish?
‫أين تعلمت الأسبانية؟‬
ayn taealamt al'asbaniat?
Can you also speak Portuguese?
‫هل تتكلم البرتغالية أيضاً؟‬
hl tatakalam alburtughaliat aydaan?
Yes, and I also speak some Italian.
‫نعم، وأتكلم الإيطالية قليلاً.‬
neim, wa'atakalam al'iitaliat qlylaan.
I think you speak very well.
‫أرى أنك تتحدث بشكل جيد للغاية.‬
araa 'anak tatahadath bishakl jayid lilghayata.
The languages are quite similar.
‫اللغات متشابهة إلى حد ما.‬
allughat mtshabht 'iilaa hadin ma.
I can understand them well.
‫أستطيع أن أفهمها جيدًا.‬
astatie 'an 'afhamaha jydana.
But speaking and writing is difficult.
‫لكن التكلم والكتابة فيهما صعوبة.‬
lkuna altakalum walkitabat fihima saeubata.
I still make many mistakes.
‫لا أزال أرتكب الكثير من الأخطاء.‬
laa 'azal 'artakab alkthyr min al'akhta'.
Please correct me each time.
‫أرجو أن تصحح لي في كل مرة.‬
arju 'an tushih li fi kli maratan.
Your pronunciation is very good.
‫نطقك سليم للغاية.‬
ntuqak salim lilghayata.
You only have a slight accent.
‫لكن لديك لكنة بسيطة.‬
lkuna ladayk lakinat basitatan.
One can tell where you come from.
‫يستطيع المرء أن يعرف من أين أنت.‬
ystatie almar' 'an yaerif min 'ayn 'anta.
What is your mother tongue / native language (am.)?
‫ما هي لغتك الأم؟‬
ma hi laghatak al'am?
Are you taking a language course?
‫هل أنت مشترك في دورة لغوية؟‬
hl 'ant mushtarak fi dawrat laghwita?
Which textbook are you using?
‫أي منهاج تستخدم؟‬
ay minhaj tastakhdam?
I don’t remember the name right now.
‫في الواقع لا أتذكر اسمه.‬
fi alwaqie la 'atadhakar asmuha.
The title is not coming to me.
‫العنوان لا يخطر ببالي الآن.‬
aleunwan la yukhtir bibali alana.
I’ve forgotten it.
‫لقد نسيبته.‬
lqad nusiibth.

Germanic Languages

The Germanic languages belong to the Indo-European language family. This linguistic group is characterized by its phonological features. Differences in the phonology distinguish these languages from others. There are about 15 Germanic languages. 500 million people worldwide speak them as their native tongue. The exact number of individual languages is difficult to determine. It is often unclear whether independent languages or only dialects exist. The most prominent Germanic language is English. It has 350 million native speakers worldwide. After that come German and Dutch. The Germanic languages are divided into different groups. There are North Germanic, West Germanic, and East Germanic. North Germanic languages are the Scandinavian languages. English, German and Dutch are West Germanic languages. The East Germanic languages have all become extinct. Old English, for example, belonged to this group. Colonization spread Germanic languages across the world. As a result, Dutch is understood in the Caribbean and in South Africa. All Germanic languages are derived from a common root. Whether or not there was a uniform proto-language is unclear. Besides that, only a few old Germanic texts exist. Unlike the Romance languages, there are hardly any sources. Research of the Germanic languages is more difficult as a result. Relatively little is also known about the culture of the Germanic people, or Teutons. The people of the Teutons did not unite. As a result there was no common identity. Therefore, science has to rely on other sources. Without Greeks and Romans, we would only know a little about the Teutons!

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