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28 [twenty-eight]

In the hotel – Complaints


‫28 [ثمانية وعشرون]‬

‫في الفندق ــ شكاوى‬


The shower isn’t working.
‫الدُش لا يعمل.‬
eldosh laa yaamal
There is no warm water.
‫لا يوجد ماء ساخن.‬
laa yoojad maa saakhen
Can you get it repaired?
‫أيمكنكم أن تكلفوا أحداً يصلحه؟‬
ayomkinokom an tokallifoo ahadan yoslihoho
There is no telephone in the room.
‫لا يوجد تلفون في الغرفة.‬
laa yoojado telefoon fil ghorfa
There is no TV in the room.
‫لا يوجد تلفزيون في الغرفة.‬
laa yoojado telfezyoon fil ghorfa
The room has no balcony.
‫لا يوجد بلكون [ شرفة] للغرفة.‬
laa yoojado balkoon[ shorfa] lelghorfa
The room is too noisy.
‫الغرفة صاخبة.‬
elghorfa saakhiba
The room is too small.
‫الغرفة صغيرة جداً.‬
elghorfa saghiira
The room is too dark.
‫الغرفة معتمة جداً.‬
elghorfa motama jeddan
The heater isn’t working.
‫التدفئة لا تعمل.‬
eltadfia la taamal
The air-conditioning isn’t working.
‫المكيف لا يعمل.‬
elmokayef laa yaamal
The TV isn’t working.
‫التلفزيون متعطل.‬
eltelfezyoon moattal
I don’t like that.
‫هذا لا يعجبني.‬
hathaa laa yojibonii
That’s too expensive.
‫السعر عالي جداً عليّ.‬
elser aalii jeddan alay
Do you have anything cheaper?
‫أعندكم ما هو أرخص؟‬
aendakom maa howa arghas.
Is there a youth hostel nearby?
‫هل يوجد بيت شباب بالقرب من هنا؟‬
hal yoojado bayt shabab belkorbi men hona?
Is there a boarding house / a bed and breakfast nearby?
‫هل يوجد بنسيون بالقرب من هنا؟‬
hal yoojado bensyoon belkorbi men hona?
Is there a restaurant nearby?
‫هل يوجد مطعم بالقرب من هنا؟‬
hal yoojado mataam belkorbi men hona?

Positive languages, negative languages

Most people are either optimists or pessimists. But that can apply to languages too! Scientists repeatedly analyze the vocabulary of languages. In doing so they often come to astounding results. In English, for example, there are more negative than positive words. There are almost double the number of words for negative emotions. In western societies, the vocabulary influences the speakers. The people there complain quite often. They also criticize many things. Therefore, they use language with an altogether more negative tone. But negative words are interesting for another reason too. They contain more information than positive terms. The reason for this could lie in our evolution. It was always important for all living things to recognize dangers. They had to react quickly to risks. Besides that, they wanted to warn others of dangers. Therefore it was essential to be able to pass along information very quickly. As much as possible should be said with as few words as possible. Apart from that, negative language doesn't have any real advantages. That is easy for anyone to imagine. People who only speak negatively are surely not very popular. Furthermore, negative language affects our emotions. Positive language, on the other hand, can have positive effects. People that are always positive have more success in their career. So we should use our language more carefully. Because we choose which vocabulary we use. And through our language we create our reality. So: Speak positively!

Guess the language!

______ is counted among the Indo-Iranian languages. It is spoken in western and central India. ______ is the native language of more than 70 million people. For this reason it is counted among the 20 most-spoken languages in the world. ______ is written with the same script that is used for Hindi. In this alphabet, each symbol represents exactly one sound. There are 12 vowels and 36 consonants. The numbers are relatively complex.

There is a distinct word for 1 through 100. Each number must therefore be learned individually. ______ is divided into 42 different dialects. They all say a lot about the development of the language. Another feature of ______ is its long literary tradition. There are texts that are over 1000 years old. If you are interested in the history of India, you should study ______!


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