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Lesson 8a: This town is beautiful

Learning Objectives: By the end of this lesson, you will be able to describe the color of things, identify the plural forms of some common nouns, and distinguish between objects that are close by or far away by using words like "this" and "that".

Lesson 8, Part A: Lesson 8, Part B:
  • Colors
Lesson 8, Part C:
  • Inanimate Plural Nouns
  • Demonstrative Pronouns
Key Sentence: At the end of this lesson you'll be able to understand and use sentences similar to:

This town is beautiful
hadhahi al-madina jamiila
هذه المدينة جميلة

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
سَعيد
sa3iid
Happy
زِيارة
ziyaara
Visit
أوّل
awwal
First
هُنا
hunaa
Here
شوف
shuuf
Look!
تِلكَ
tilka
That (feminine
بِناية
binaaya
Building
بَيضاء
baiDaa'
White
صَفراء
Safraa'
Yellow
عادَةً
3aadatan
Usually
رَخيص
rakhiiS
Cheap


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Vocab Quiz


Listen to this dialogue:
: Mariam
.اهلاً وَ سهلاً في بَيروت, يا يوسِف
ahlan wa sahlan fii bayruut, yaa yuusif.
: Yuusef
.اهلاً وَ سَهلاً, يا مَريم
.أنا سَعيد جِداً! هَذَهِ أَوّل زِيارة لي هُنا
ahlan wa sahlan yaa mariam. ana sa3id jidan! hadhahi 'awwul ziiaara lii huna.
: Mariam
.شوف! هَذَهِ البِناية مَطعَم فرنسي
shuuf! haadhahi al-binaaya maT3am faransii.
: Yuusef
اَينَ المَطعَم اللُبناني؟
ayna al-maT3am al-lubnaanii?
: Mariam
.تِلكَ البِنايَة مَطعَم لُبناني
tilka al-binaaya maT3am lubnaanii.
: Yuusef
تِلكَ البِناية البيضاء؟
tilka al-binaaya al-baiDa?
: Mariam
.لا, تِلكَ البِناية الصَفراء
.المَطاعِم عادَةً رَخيصة لَكِن جَيدة هُنا
Laa, tilka al-banaya a-SSafraa'. al-maTaa3im 3aaditan rakhiiSa lakin jaida huna.
: Yuusef
!هَذا مُمتاز
.هَذَهِ المَدينة جَميلة جِدّاً
haadhaa mumtaaz! haadhahi al-madiina jamiila jiddan.
Translation:
Mariam: Welcome to Beirut, Yuusef!
Yuusef: Thank you, Mariam. I am very happy! This is my first time here.
Mariam: Look! This building is a French restaurant.
Yuusef: Where's the Lebanese restaurant?
Mariam: That building is a Lebanese restaurant
Yuusef: That white building?
Mariam: No, that yellow building. The restaurants are usually cheap but good here.
Yuusef: That's wonderful! This city is really beautiful!