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70 [seventy]

to like something



يحب/ يريد/ يود شيئاً‬


Would you like to smoke?
‫أتحب التدخين؟‬
atahib alttadakhin
Would you like to dance?
‫أتحب الرقص؟‬
atahib alrraqs
Would you like to go for a walk?
‫أتحب السير على الأقدام؟‬
atahib alssayr ealaa al'aqdam
I would like to smoke.
‫أريد أن أدخن.‬
arid 'ann 'udakhan
Would you like a cigarette?
‫أتريد سيجارة؟‬
atarid sijart
He wants a light.
‫إنه يريد ولاعة.‬
'innah yurid walaeata
I want to drink something.
‫أريد أن أشرب شيئاً.‬
arid 'ann 'ashrab shyyaan
I want to eat something.
‫أريد أن آكل شيئاً.‬
arid 'ann akil shyyaan
I want to relax a little.
‫أريد أن أرتاح قليلاً.‬
arid 'ann 'artah qlylaan
I want to ask you something.
‫أريد أن أسألك شيئاً.‬
arid 'an 'as'alak shyyaan
I want to ask you for something.
‫أريد أن أطلب منك شيئاً.‬
arid 'ann 'atlub mink shyyaan
I want to treat you to something.
‫أود أن أدعوك لشيء.‬
'uwd 'ann 'adeawk lashay'a
What would you like?
‫ما تريد حضرتك؟‬
mma turid hadratk
Would you like a coffee?
‫هل تريد قهوة؟‬
hl turid qahut
Or do you prefer a tea?
‫أم أنك تفضل الشاي؟‬
'am 'annak tafaddal alshay
We want to drive home.
‫نريد أن نذهب إلى البيت.‬
nrid 'an nadhhab 'iilaa albita
Do you want a taxi?
‫هل تريدون سيارة أجرة؟‬
hl turidun sayarat 'ajrat
They want to make a call.
‫إنهم يريدون الاتصال بالهاتف.‬
'innahum yuridun alaittisal bialhatuf

Two languages = two speech centres!

It doesn't matter to our brain when we learn a language. This is because it has different storage areas for different languages. Not all the languages we learn are stored together. Languages we learn as adults have their own storage area. That means the brain processes the new rules in a different place. They aren't stored with the native language. People who grow up bilingual, on the other hand, only use one region of the brain. Multiple studies have come to this conclusion. Neuroscientists examined various test subjects. These subjects spoke two languages fluently. One part of the test group, however, had grown up with both languages. The other part, in contrast, had learned the second language later in life. Researchers could measure brain activity during language tests. This way they could see which areas of the brain functioned during the tests. And they saw that the "late" learners had two speech centres! Researchers had already long suspected that this would be so. People with brain injuries show different symptoms. So, damage to the brain can also lead to speech problems. Those affected can't pronounce or understand words as well. But bilingual accident victims sometimes show unusual symptoms. Their speech problems don't always affect both languages. If only one area of the brain is injured, the other can still function. Then the patients speak one language better than the other. The two different languages are also re-learned at different speeds. This proves that both languages aren't stored in the same place. Since they weren't learned at the same time, they form two centres. It is still unknown how our brain manages multiple languages. But new findings could lead to new learning strategies.

Guess the language!

______ is spoken by approximately 4 million people. ______ is counted among the southern Caucasian languages. It is written in its own semiotic system, the ______ alphabet. This writing system has 33 letters. They have the same sequence as the Greek alphabet. However, the ______ writing system is most likely derived from that of the Aramaic language. In ______ it is typical to have many consonants follow each other. Many ______ words are therefore difficult for foreigners to pronounce.

The grammar is also not very easy. It contains many elements that do not exist in any other language. ______ vocabulary reveals a lot about the history of the Caucasus. It contains many words that were adopted from other languages. Among them are Greek, Persian, Arabic, Russian and Turkish. But the special thing about ______ is its long tradition. ______ is among the oldest living languages of the civilized world!


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