Sunday, February 21, 2010


A friend of mine has asked me to explain and pronounce some of what I believe are the most common Arabic expressions. Many of these happen to be greetings and words that are on people's lips, more often than not. I like to think about this as an experiment, as I haven't posted video blogs before (though I have made some youtube and googlevideo presentations). And so, if you happen to have comments on how I could improve upon this product, I will be most grateful to you.


Abigail Blue Jay Stone said...

hey this is great!! Thank you so much for doing this. In farci, the tiny bit I recall is slightly different pronunciations. Is Anna the word for I? or I am?

Ali H. Raddaoui said...


I'm mighty glad you have found this video to be of value. I think you once 'complained' in one of your posts that readers are few and far between. For example, for this blog of mine, there's only two followers. And so, that one of them actually points out that they have found one specific post to be valuable is something of morale booster. So thank you.

On the other hand, this also begs the question: how is it that we can 'attract' traffic to our blogs? One answer is that we should make maximum use of the keywords that we fill in at the bottom of each post. This in addition to spreading the word about our work, adding a line on our business cards and on the emails we send with information on our blogs. Do you have any ideas in this regard?

Re your question on what the first person pronoun is in Farsi, I have just consulted Wikipedia, and it says that Persian I corresponds to: mæn من. But you are right that the Arabic pronoun is: أنا /anaa/. Persian, like Greek, falls within the Indo-European family.

It will be interersting to conduct a comparative study of pronoun systems in a number of semitic languages. Pronoun systems, like kinship terms are often revealing about any language.

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