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Lesson 5a: This is Falafel

Learning Objectives: This lesson teaches you how to ask what things are by using the Arabic words for this, as well as ways to intensify or soften what you say by using the Arabic words for 'very' and 'a little'. By the end of this lesson, you will be able to make polite requests, including placing an order in a restaurant.

Lesson 5, Part A: Lesson 5, Part B:
  • What's this?
  • Asking for things politely
  • A lot or a little?
Key Sentence: At the end of this lesson you'll be able to understand and use sentences similar to:

This is Falafel
haadhaahi falaafil
هٰذه فَلافِل

Dialogue
Instructions:
  1. Take the Dialogue Vocab Quiz until you pass.
  2. Study the dialogue (Arabic and translation) until you understand it.
  3. Listen to the audio at least twice.
  4. Read the dialogue out loud at least twice.
Dialogue
ArabicEnglish
ما
maa
What?
فَلافِل
falaafil
Falafel
هٰذا
haadhaa
This (masc)
هٰذَهِ
haadhahi
This (fem)
لَذيذ
ladhiidh
Delicious
مُمتاز
mumtaaz
Great
قَليلاً
qaliilan
A little
جِدّاً
jiddan
Very
جَوعان
jaw3aan
Hungry
أيضاً
ayDan
Also
كِبّة
kibba
Kibbeh, meatball
مُمكِن
mumkin
May I?, maybe


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Vocab Quiz


Listen to this dialogue:
: Waiter
.تَفَضّلوا
tafaDDluu
: Jamal
هَل هٰذَهِ قَهوَة؟
hal haadhahi qahwa?
: Waiter
.لا, هٰذا شاي. هٰذَهِ قَهوَة
laa, haadhaa shaay. haadhahi qahwa.
: Sue
شُكراً. انا جَوعانة جدًا. ما هٰذا؟
Shukran. Anaa jaw3aana jiddan, maa haadhaa?
: Waiter
.هٰذَهِ فَلافِل
haadhahi falaafil
: Sue
هَل هٰذَهِ فَلافِل أيضاً؟
hal haadhahi falaafil ayDan?
: Waiter
.لا, هٰذَهِ كِبّة
Laa, haadhahi kibba.
: Sue
الفَلافِل لَذيذة
مُمكِن فَلافِل مِن فَضلَك؟
Al-falaafil ladhiidha. Mumkin falaafil min faDlak.
: Jamal
وأنا أريد كِبّة مِن فَضلك
Wa anaa uriid kibba min faDlak.
Translation:
Waiter: Here you go.
Jamal: Is this coffee?
Waiter: No, this is tea. This is coffee.
Sue: Thank you. I am very hungry. (Pointing to a picture on the menu) What is this?
Waiter: This is falafel.
Sue: (pointing to another picture) Is this falafel, too?
Waiter: No, this is a meatball.
Sue: Falafel is delicious. May I have falafel please?
Jamal: And I'd like a meatball please.