Mother Tongue: Arabic

Mon 5 August 2019

Marhaba! That means hello in Arabic. In this episode, join our host Sirine - who was born in Lebanon - as she shares some words, songs and traditions from her own mother tongue. 

Here are the Arabic words you'll learn in this episode:

Marhaba Hello
Derbakkeh Lebanese drum
Arzeh Cedar tree
Sissan - Baby chickens
Man'oosh - A Lebanese food, usually eaten at breakfast
Tuybe Yummy
Maa Salemeh - Bye

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This is what the Lebanese flag looks like:

This is what the Lebanese food Manoosh looks like:

It looks like a pizza - but it's eaten at breakfast time!

Image: manoosh.com.au

Learn the Arabic song you heard in this episode:

Original lyrics:

Ha Sissan, <click, click>
Shu helween <click, click>
Aambi dooroh hawla emmon mabsooteen <click, click>
Shirboh may <click, click>
Alu khay <click, click>
Rafa’u rahson hamadu rabbon, mabsooteen

Translation:

These chicks...
How beautiful they are
They are walking around their mother happily
They drank water
and said Wow Yum Yum
They raised their heads and thanked God happily.

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