Arabic is so much fun! I probably said it all wrong, but at least I had fun while doing it. 😉
This is Week 2 of the 100 Languages Challenge. I skipped over English at #3 to learn Hindi and Arabic this week. Here’s the vid to prove it!
Wanna know where I learned my new words?
Well, I got all brave and struck up a conversation with the Indian working at the Indian grocery store while I was paying for my South Asian snacks (a necessity from growing up on the Subcontinent)!
He told me “thank you” is shookriya, the same as in Urdu (spoken in my birthplace of Pakistan), but that was too easy for me. So I turned to YouTube to learn the more Hindi dhanyavad. Totally new to my tongue, and I probably messed it up. But when in doubt, I now know a shookriya will do just as well!
For Arabic, I talked to my aunt who worked for many years in the United Arab Emirates. Rather than learning the longer and more formal greeting, we went for marhaban, which is a more informal “hi.” For “thank you,” shookran is so similar to Urdu it made me happy to pronounce it. I just love me some rolled Rs!
If you’re a native speaker of Hindi or Arabic and find my pronunciation appalling, my apologies. Please teach me better.
Alright, next up is Portuguese and Bengali. But first, a little rest for my brain…