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84 [eighty-four]

Past tense 4


‫84 [أربعة وثمانون]‬

‫الماضي 4‬


to read
I read.
‫لقد قرأتُ للتو.‬
lakad kar'to lettaw
I read the whole novel.
‫لقد قرأت كل الرواية.‬
lakd kar'to kolla erriwaaya
to understand
I understood.
‫لقد فهمتُ للتو.‬
lakad fahimto lettaw
I understood the whole text.
‫لقد فهمت كل النص.‬
lakad fahemtoo kolla ennas
to answer
I answered.
‫لقد أجبتُ للتو.‬
lakad ajabto lettaw
I answered all the questions.
‫لقد أجبتُ على كل الأسئلة.‬
lakad ajabto alaa kolli el'as'ila
I know that – I knew that.
‫أنا أعلم هذا – لقد علمت هذا للتو.‬
anaa aalam hathaa- lakd alemto hathaa lettaw
I write that – I wrote that.
‫أنا أكتب هذا – لقد كتبت هذا للتو.‬
anaa aktob hathaa- lakad katabto hathaa lettaw
I hear that – I heard that.
‫أنا أسمع هذا – لقد سمعت هذا للتو.‬
anaa asmaea hathaa- lakad sameato hathaa lettaw
I’ll get it – I got it.
‫أنا أحضر هذا – لقد أحضرت هذا للتو.‬
anaa ohther hathaa-lakad ahdharto hathaa lettaw
I’ll bring that – I brought that.
‫أنا آتي بهذا – لقد أتيت بهذا للتو.‬
anaa aatii bihaathaa-lakad atayto bihaathaa lettaw
I’ll buy that – I bought that.
‫أنا أشتري هذا – لقد اشتريت هذا للتو.‬
anaa ashtarii hathaa-lakadishtarayto hathaa lettaw
I expect that – I expected that.
‫أنا أتوقع هذا – لقد توقعت هذا للتو.‬
anaa atawakkaea hathaa- lakad twakkaeto hathaa lettaw
I’ll explain that – I explained that.
‫أنا أشرح هذا – لقد شرحت هذا للتو.‬
anaa ashrah hathaa-lakd sharahtoo hathaa lettawa
I know that – I knew that.
‫أنا أعرف هذا – لقد عرفتُ هذا للتو.‬
anaa aaref hathaa-lakad arafto hathaa lettaw

Negative words aren't translated into the native language

When reading, multilinguals translate subconsciously into their native language. This happens automatically; that is, the readers do it without realizing. It could be said that the brain functions like a simultaneous translator. But it doesn't translate everything! One study has shown that the brain has a built-in filter. This filter decides what gets translated. And it appears that the filter ignores certain words. Negative words aren't translated into the native language. Researchers selected native speakers of Chinese for their experiment. All test subjects spoke English as their second language. The test subjects had to rate various English words. These words had different emotional content. There were positive, negative and neutral terms. While the test subjects read the words, their brains were examined. That is, the researchers measured the electrical brain activity. In doing so, they could see how the brain worked. Certain signals are generated during the translation of words. They indicate that the brain is active. However, the test subjects showed no activity with the negative words. Only the positive or neutral terms were translated. Researchers don't yet know why this is. Theoretically, the brain has to process all words the same. It could be, however, that the filter quickly examines each word. It is analyzed while still being read in the second language. If a word is negative, the memory is blocked. In other words, it can't think of the word in the native language. People can react very sensitively to words. Perhaps the brain wants to protect them from emotional shock…

Guess the language!

______ is the native language of around 2 million people. It is counted among the South Slavic languages. It is most closely related to Bulgarian. Speakers of both languages can communicate with each other easily. The two languages differ from each other more in their written forms. There have always been many different ethnic groups in *********. Naturally, this is also apparent in the vernacular. It has been influenced by numerous other languages.

The neighboring country of Serbia has especially influenced the ______ language. The vocabulary contains many terms from Russian, Turkish, and English. Such linguistic variety does not exist in many countries. That is why it has been difficult for ______ to establish itself as its own language. ______ literature has especially suffered from this situation. ______ is now considered an established standard language. For this reason, it is an important part of the ______ identity.


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