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55 [fifty-five]

Working

 


‫55 [خمسة وخمسون]‬

‫العمل‬

 

 
What do you do for a living?
‫ما هي وظيفتك؟‬
maa hiya wadhifatok?
My husband is a doctor.
‫وظيفة زوجي طبيب.‬
wadhifat zawjii tabiib
I work as a nurse part-time.
‫أنا أشتغل كممرضة حتى منتصف النهار.‬
anaa ashtaghil kamomarridha hatta montasaf ennahaar
 
 
 
 
We will soon receive our pension.
‫قريبًا سنتقاعد.‬
kariiban sanatakaad
But taxes are high.
‫لكن الضرائب مرتفعة.‬
laken edharaa'eb mortafia
And health insurance is expensive.
‫والتأمين الصحي مكلف.‬
watt'amiin essehhii moklif
 
 
 
 
What would you like to become some day?
‫ماذا تريد أن تصبح يوماً ما؟‬
maathaa toriid an tosbeh yawman maa?
I would like to become an engineer.
‫أريد أن أصبح مهندسًا.‬
oriid an osbah mohandisan
I want to go to college.
‫أريد أن أدرس في الجامعة.‬
oriid an oddarris fi jaamia
 
 
 
 
I am an intern.
‫أنا طالب متدرب.‬
anaa taaleb motadarreb
I do not earn much.
‫لا أكسب الكثير.‬
laa akseb elkathiir
I am doing an internship abroad.
‫أنا أتدرب خارج البلاد.‬
an ataddarb khaarej elbilaad
 
 
 
 
That is my boss.
‫هذا هو رئيسي في العمل.‬
hatha howa raiisii fil amal
I have nice colleagues.
‫لدي زملاء لطفاء.‬
ladayya zomalaa' lotafaa'
We always go to the cafeteria at noon.
‫نذهب دائماً وقت الظهر إلى الكافتيريا.‬
nadhhab daaiman wakt edhdhahiira ilaa elkafitiiryaa
 
 
 
 
I am looking for a job.
‫أبحث عن وظيفة.‬
abhath an wathiifa
I have already been unemployed for a year.
‫صار لي عام عاطل عن العمل.‬
saara lii aam aatel an elamal
There are too many unemployed people in this country.
‫يوجد في هدا البلد كثير جداً من العاطلين عن العمل.‬
yoojad fi hatha elbaled elkathiir mina elaatiliin an elamal
 
 
 
 
 


Memory needs speech

Most people remember their first day of school. However, they no longer recall that which came before. We have almost no memory of our first years of life. But why is that? Why can't we remember the experiences we had as a baby? The reason lies in our development. Speech and memory develop at about the same time. And in order to remember something, a person needs speech. That is, he must have words for that which he experiences. Scientists have conducted various tests with children. In doing so, they made an interesting discovery. As soon as children learn to speak, they forget everything that came before. The beginning of speech is therefore also the beginning of memory. Children learn a great deal in the first three years of their lives. They experience new things every day. They also have many important experiences at this age. Despite this, it all disappears. Psychologists refer to this phenomenon as infantile amnesia. Only the things that children can name remain. The autobiographical memory retains personal experiences. It functions like a journal. Everything that is important in our life is recorded in it. In this way, the autobiographical memory forms our identity. But its development is dependent upon the learning of the native language. And we can only activate our memory through our speech. The things that we learn as a baby are not really gone, of course. They are stored somewhere in our brain. We just can't access them anymore… – that's a shame, isn't it?

Guess the language!

______ is one of the eleven official languages of South ****ca. It was the language of the Boers. They settled in ****ca during colonial times. Its origins can be traced to 17th century Dutch. Therefore, it belongs to the West Germanic language family. The language has naturally changed over time. The grammar of ______ is simpler than that of Dutch today. It also contains many elements that were borrowed from English.

This is because the British also had colonies in the region. ______ is not only understood in South ****ca, though. It is also spoken in Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. It is estimated that in total more than 20 million people understand ______. It is the native language of 7 million people in South ****ca alone. Even more people speak ______ as their second or third language. A person can get around easily in many regions of ****ca with ______. Therefore it is worth it to learn this relatively simple language!

 

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