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42 [forty-two]

City tour


‫42 [اثنان وأربعون]‬

‫زيارة المدينة‬


Is the market open on Sundays?
‫هل يفتح السوق أيام الأحد؟‬
hl yaftah alsuwq 'ayam al'ahd?
Is the fair open on Mondays?
‫هل يفتح السوق الموسمي أيام الاثنين؟‬
hl yaftah alsuwq almawsimia 'ayam alaithnayna?
Is the exhibition open on Tuesdays?
‫هل يفتح المعرض أيام الثلاثاء؟‬
hl yaftah almaerid 'ayam althulatha'?
Is the zoo open on Wednesdays?
‫هل تفتح حديقة الحيوانات أيام الأربعاء؟‬
hl taftah hadiqat alhayawanat 'ayam alarbea'?
Is the museum open on Thursdays?
‫هل يفتح المتحف أيام الخميس؟‬
hl yaftah almutahif 'ayam alkhamisa?
Is the gallery open on Fridays?
‫هل يفتح معرض الصور أيام الجمعة؟‬
hl yaftah maerid alsuwar 'ayam aljumeta?
Can one take photographs?
‫هل التصوير مسموح؟‬
hl altaswir masmuh?
Does one have to pay an entrance fee?
‫هل علينا دفع رسم دخول؟‬
hl ealayna dafe rusim dukhulan?
How much is the entrance fee?
‫كم هو رسم الدخول؟‬
kum hu rusim aldukhula?
Is there a discount for groups?
‫هل هناك خصم للمجموعات؟‬
hl hunak khasm lilmajmueat?
Is there a discount for children?
‫هل هناك خصم للأطفال؟‬
hl hunak khasm lil'atfal?
Is there a discount for students?
‫هل هناك خصم للطلاب؟‬
hl hunak khasm liltalab?
What building is that?
‫ما هو هذا المبنى؟‬
maa hu hdha almabnaa؟
How old is the building?
‫هل المبنى قديم؟‬
hl almabnaa qadim?
Who built the building?
‫من شيد ذلك المبنى؟‬
mn shayd dhlk almabnaa؟
I’m interested in architecture.
‫أنا أهتم بالهندسة المعمارية.‬
anaa 'ahtam bialhindasat almuemariat.
I’m interested in art.
‫أنا أهتم بالفن.‬
anaa 'ahtum balifna.
I’m interested in paintings.
‫أنا أهتم بالرسم.‬
anaa 'ahtum bialrasma.

Fast languages, slow languages

There are over 6,000 languages worldwide. But all have the same function. They help us exchange information. This happens in various ways in every language. Because every language behaves according to its own rules. The speed with which a language is spoken also differs. Linguists have proven this in various studies. To this end, short texts were translated into several languages. These texts were then read aloud by native speakers. The result was clear. Japanese and Spanish are the fastest languages. In these languages, almost 8 syllables per second are spoken. The Chinese speak considerably slower. They speak only 5 syllables per second. The speed is dependent on the complexity of the syllables. If the syllables are complex, speaking takes longer. German contains 3 sounds per syllable, for example. Therefore it is spoken relatively slowly. Speaking quickly does not mean, however, that there is a lot to communicate. Quite the opposite! Only a little information is contained in syllables that are quickly spoken. Although the Japanese speak quickly, they convey little content. On the other hand, the "slow" Chinese say a great deal with a few words. English syllables also contain a lot of information. Interesting is: The evaluated languages are almost equally efficient! That means, he who speaks slower says more. And he who speaks faster needs more words. In the end, all reach their goal at about the same time.

Guess the language!

Slovenian is counted among the South Slavic languages. It is the native language of about 2 million people. These people live in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Austria, Italy and Hungary. Slovenian is similar in many ways to Czech and Slovakian. Many influences from Serbo-Croatian can also be seen. Although Slovenia is a small country, many different dialects exist there. This is due to the fact that the language region looks back at a checkered history. This manifests itself in the vocabulary too, as it contains many foreign language terms.

Slovenian is written with Latin letters. The grammar distinguishes six cases and three genders. There are two official phonologies in the pronunciation. One of them differentiates precisely between high and low sounds. Another peculiarity of the language is its archaic structure. Slovenians have always been very open with respect to other languages. So they are even happier when someone is interested in their language!


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