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57 [fifty-seven]

At the doctor


‫57[سبعة وخمسون]‬

‫عند الطبيب‬


I have a doctor’s appointment.
‫لدي موعد مع الطبيب.‬
ldi maweid mae altabib.
I have the appointment at ten o’clock.
‫موعدي في الساعة العاشرة.‬
mwedi fi alssaeat aleashirata.
What is your name?
‫ما اسمك؟‬
maa asmak?
Please take a seat in the waiting room.
‫من فضلك، إجلس في غرفة الانتظار.‬
mn fidalik, 'iijlus fi ghurfat alaintizar.
The doctor is on his way.
‫الطبيب سيأتي حالاً.‬
altabib sayati halaan.
What insurance company do you belong to?
‫مع من عقدت التأمين الصحي؟‬
me min euqidat altaamin alsahy?
What can I do for you?
‫بما يمكنني خدمتك؟‬
bima yumkinuni khadamatka?
Do you have any pain?
‫أتتألم؟ / هل تشعر بألم؟‬
atataluma? / hal tasheur bi'alm?
Where does it hurt?
‫أين يؤلمك؟ / أين موضع الألم؟‬
ayn yulimk? / 'ayn mawdie al'alm?
I always have back pain.
‫ظهري يؤلمني دائماً.‬
zhari yulimni daymaan.
I often have headaches.
‫وغالباً ما أشعر بصداع.‬
wghalbaan ma 'asheur bisadae.
I sometimes have stomach aches.
‫وأحياناً أشعر بألم في البطن.‬
wahyanaan 'asheur bi'alam fi albatn.
Remove your top!
‫من فضلك، إكشف عن صدرك!‬
mn fidalaka, 'iikshif ean sadrka!
Lie down on the examining table.
‫من فضلك، استلقِ على منضدة الفحص!‬
mn fidalik, astlq ealaa mundidat alfhs!
Your blood pressure is okay.
‫ضغط الدم على ما يرام.‬
dghat aldam ealaa ma yaram.
I will give you an injection.
‫سأعطيك حقنة.‬
s'uetik haqnata.
I will give you some pills.
‫سأعطيك حبوباً.‬
s'uetik hbwbaan.
I am giving you a prescription for the pharmacy.
‫سأعطيك وصفة طبية للصيدلية.‬
s'uetayk wasfat tibiyatan lilsiydaliata.

Long words, short words

The length of a word is dependent upon its informative content. This has been shown by an American study. Researchers evaluated words from ten European languages. This was achieved with the help of a computer. The computer analyzed various words with a program. In the process, it used a formula to calculate the informative content. The results were clear. The shorter a word is, the less information it conveys. Interestingly, we use short words more often than long words. The reason for this could lie in the efficiency of speech. When we speak, we concentrate on the most important thing. Therefore, words without much information mustn't be too long. This guarantees we don't spend too much time on unimportant things. The correlation between length and content has another advantage. It ensures that the informative content always remains the same. That is to say, we always say the same amount in a certain period of time. For example, we can use a few long words. But we can also use many short words. It doesn't matter what we decide: The informative content remains the same. As a result, our speech has a consistent rhythm. This makes it easier for listeners to follow us. If the amount of information were always varied, it would be difficult. Our listeners couldn't adapt well to our speech. Comprehension would thus be made difficult. He who wants the best chance of being understood should use short words. Since short words are better comprehended than long ones. Therefore, the principle goes: Keep It Short and Simple! In short: KISS!

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The Arabic language is counted among the most important languages worldwide. More than 300 million people in over 20 countries speak Arabic. This Afro-Asian language originated several thousands of years ago. Originally only spoken on the Arabic peninsula, it later became widespread. There are many different Arabic dialects. Many of the dialects are very different from standard Arabic. Speakers from different regions often do not understand each other at all. Ancient Arabic is hardly spoken today.

It exists most notably in the written form. Interest in Arabic has increased in recent years. Many people find the Arabic writing system especially fascinating. It is written from right to left. If you want to learn Arabic, you must do so in a particular order. First the pronunciation, then the grammar, then the writing system. If you stick to that order, you will most definitely have fun while learning.


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