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Word of the day: تعلم (ta’allam, “to learn”)

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The word of the day is

تعلم, (ta’allam, “he learned”)

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February 1, 2008 at 9:37 pm

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Word of the day: أجاب (‘ajaaba, to answer)

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The word of the day is أجاب (‘ajaaba), meaning “he answered”.

Examples:

أجابتَ (‘ajaabta): you (m) answered

أجابتِ (‘ajaabti): you (f) answered

Note the similarity to إجابة (‘ijaaba) “an answer”.

The verb for to ask / to question is also similar to the noun (in fact more so than in English):

سؤال (su’aal) is the noun “question”

سأل (sa’ala) is the verb “he asked”

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January 23, 2008 at 4:59 pm

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Word of the day: أستاذ (‘ustaadh, professor)

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أستاذ (‘ustaadh) means professor. It can also mean ‘sir’.

Plural is أساتذة (‘usaatidha). Note the ة (taa marbuuta) that normally indicates feminine words is used here at the end of the word. I’ve been told there’s maybe one more word where this is the case (but not which word).

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January 18, 2008 at 8:02 am

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Word of the day: قرأ (qara’a, “to read”)

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I’m going to deal with verbs more extensively in a while, so I figured it would be useful to actually learn some verbs before that.

قرأ (qara’a) means “he read”.

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January 17, 2008 at 2:32 pm

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Word of the day: دَرَّسَ (darrasa, to teach)

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Word of the day: دَرَّسَ (darrasa, to teach).

Again, a word based on the د ر س root. Notice that the ر is doubled.

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January 16, 2008 at 6:04 am

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Word of the day: مدرّس (mudarris, teacher)

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مدرّس (mudarris) means teacher. Notice the د ر س root, like in the word دَرَسَ (darasa, to study). (In fact, I think the real root is similar to the one from “to teach” – I’ll look into the details of that later).
The plural is مدرّسون (mudarrisuun).

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January 15, 2008 at 7:43 pm

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Word of the day: سؤال (su`aal, question)

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We’re staying in the classroom, but with some words that are very useful outside of the classroom too.

سؤال (su`aal, question). Plural: أسئلة (as’ila)

I have little doubt this is in some way related to the Hebrew word שאלה (she’ela).

Questions need answers:

إجابة (ijaaba, answer). Plural: إجابات (ijaabaat)

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January 14, 2008 at 4:12 pm

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