My Friend Had Smelly Armpits, and I Decided to Tell Her

My Friend Had Smelly Armpits, and I Decided to Tell Her

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Notes of Video “Smelly Armpits”. 

Friendship is built on honesty, even when it’s uncomfortable. Recently, I had to muster the courage to talk to my dear friend about a sensitive issue—her smelly armpits. I approached her with kindness and care because I knew it was affecting her confidence. Sharing this truth was hard, but it strengthened our bond and allowed her to find a solution. Here’s how I navigated that tricky conversation and why it was the right thing to do.

Phonetic Script:  

I know a girl who has a bad body odor. Even though her house is neat, her clothes are always clean and tidy. But I don’t know why I always smell that she has a bad armpits odor. I mean it happens with everyone- but I felt I needed to tell her because I don’t want this thing to be harming her and making people avoid her. 

A new story shared by you. Let’s talk about it in Arabic. 

Look what I told her “my life, I want to tell you something. But I don’t want you to be upset with me. More than once, I smelled a bad odor from your armpits and I Said I wanted to tell you because I don’t want this thing to be harming you. 

There is a deodorant that I love and use, and it doesn’t make any body odor at all. If you want, I can send you the link. Also, I had a friend who had the same problem. She did botox and felt so relieved. 

Arabic script: 

بعرف وحده عندها ريحة جسم مع انه بيتها مرتب وتيابها دائماً نضاف ومرتبين بس ما بعرف ليش اغلب الاحيان بشم عندها ريحة باط انو بتصير مع الكل، بس حسيت لازم خبرها لأن ما بدي هيدا يكون عم يئذيها و يبعد العالم عنها.

 قصة جديدة بعتولي ياها خلينا نحكي عنها بالعربي.

 ليكوا شو قلت لها، حياتي بدي قلك شي بس ما بدي ياكي تزعلي مني، كذا مرة شميت عندك ريحة باط وقلت بدي قلك لان ما بدي هيدا الشي يكون عم يئذيكي.

 في ديو درون ( عطر) بحبها كتير وبستعملها وما بيطلع ريحة أبداً، ازا بدك فيني إبعتلك لينك وكمان عندي كان رفيقة كان عندها ذات المشكله عملت بوتوكس وهلق ارتاحت كتير.

English Translation: 

Ba3ref we7deh 3inda ri7et jesem. Ma32inu bayta mratab w tyeba dayman ndaf w mratabeen. Bus ma ba3ref lesh aghlab el-a7yen bshim 3inda ri7et bat. Inu bitser ma3 el-kil. Bus 7aset lezim khabera le2an ma bade hayda shi ykun 3am ye2ziha w yba3ed el-3alam 3ana. 

Osha jdidh ba3atoleh yeha khalina ne7ke 3ana bil 3arabe. 

Laiko shu eltela. 7ayete bade elik shi bus ma bade yeke tiz3ale mine. Kaza marah shamet 3indek ri7et bat w elit bade elek la2an ma bade hayda shi ykun 3am ye2zike. 

Fi deodorant b7eba ktir w bista3mela w ma bitale3 ri7ah abadan. Iza badek fiye eb3atlek el-link. W kamen 3inde ken rfe2ah kan 3inda zet el-meshkleh 3imlit botox w hal2 rte7it ktir. 

Notes: 

Vocabulary Masculine Feminine Notes (if any)
Neat Mratab Mratabeh This word doesn’t only mean neat. It’s a beautiful adjective to use to describe someone proper and clean as well. 
Clothes Tyeb
Smell Ri7ah Example: 

Ri7ah 7ilweh (nice smell) 

Ri7ah bish3ah (ugly smell)

To harm Y2ze Root “Aza”

Imperfect “Y2ze”

To distance (for people) Yba3ed Root “Ba3’3ad”

Imperfect “Yba3ed”

Comes from the noun far: b3id 

 

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10 English and French Words Arabs Use Daily

10 English and French Words Arabs Use Daily

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Notes of Video “Words that you can use in English or French”. 

In daily conversations, many Arabic speakers often use English or French words to sound more fluent and modern. This blending of languages, called code-switching, is especially common among the younger generation and in urban areas. Here are ten examples of such words frequently used instead of their Arabic counterparts. Understanding these can help you sound more like a native speaker. Let’s explore these words and their context in everyday Arabic. Incorporating these foreign terms into your speech can enhance communication and make interactions smoother.

Phonetic Script:  

3inde telmiz na7feh w moser yo7faz kil kelmeh bil 3arabe. W seret ayletlo alef marah mish kil kilmeh bil 3arabeh lezim titarjam. Khastan iza badak te7ke mitel el-natives. 

Masalan: 

  1. Asenseur mish mis3ad
  2. Escalator mish daraj kahroba2e 
  3. Computer mish 7asoub 
  4. Credit card mish bita2et e2timen 
  5. Cellulaire mish jawal 
  6. Package mish tared 
  7. Autostrade mish tare2 el-sari3 
  8. Rond point mish douwwar
  9. Bus mish hafilah 
  10. Gateaux mish kaleb el-halwah 

Arabic script: 

عندي تلميذ نهفة ومصر يحفظ كل كلمة بالعربي. و صرت أيلتلو ألف مرة مش كل كلمة بالعربي لازم تترجم. خاصةً إذا بدك تحكي متل natives. 

مثلاً

  1. أسونسير مش مصعد
  2. أسكيلتر مش درج الكهربائي. 
  3. الكمبيوتر مش الحاسوب. 
  4. الكريدت كارد مش بطاقة إئتمان. 
  5. السلولار مش جوال. 
  6. الباكيج مش الطرد. 
  7. اوتستراد مش طريق السريع. 
  8. الرنبوان مش الدوار. 
  9. الباص مش الحافلة. 
  10. و الغاتو مش قالب الحلوة. 

English Translation: 

I have a very funny student who tends to memorize every word in Arabic and I have told him a million times that not every word in Arabic needs to be translated, especially if you want to sound like the natives.  

Example: 

  1. Asenseur not mis3ad
  2. Escalator not daraj kahroba2e 
  3. Computer not 7asoub 
  4. Credit card not bita2et e2timen 
  5. Cellulaire not jawal 
  6. Package not tared 
  7. Autostrade not tare2 el-sari3 
  8. Rond point not douwwar
  9. Bus not hafilah 
  10. Gateaux not kaleb el-halwah 

 

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Daily Phrases that Include Body Parts in Arabic

Daily Phrases that Include Body Parts in Arabic

Welcome to our blog! Today, we’re going to learn the names of body parts in Arabic. This guide is perfect for anyone curious about Arabic or wanting to expand their vocabulary.

Arabic is a beautiful and rich language. By learning the words for different body parts, you’ll not only improve your language skills but also gain a deeper understanding of another culture. 

By now, you know how much I love teaching you new things, especially Arabic expressions. In this post, we’ll explore some daily Arabic phrases that include body part words.

We’ll go from head to toe, covering all the basics. Ready to start learning? Let’s dive in!

Arabic Expression Literal Meaning  Definition 
3ala rase’ / على راسي On my head You are welcome/ You got it
Min 3youne / من عيوني From my eyes  Of course my pleasure 
Min timak la bweb el-samah /من تمك لأبواب السماء From your mouth to the doors of the sky May your wishes come true
Toli3 el-sha3er 3ala el-seneh / طلع الشعر ع لساني Hair grew on my tongue  When someone doesn’t listen to you
Yale’ fee saleh ta7et batou btin3aru / يلي في سلة تحت باطه بتنعره Whoever has a basket under their armpit will punch them  A person who feels offended will be offended 
La ejre’ /  اجري To my leg  I don’t care 
Salem Dayetek/ak / سلم دياتِك Bless your hands Thank you especially when someone cooks for you or gets you a gift. 

 

More Body Parts in Arabic 

Body Jesem / Ajsem (pl) جسم (ج) اجسام
Skin Jeled  جلد
Head Ras / Rus رأس (ج) رؤوس
Brain Dmagh / Admegha (pl) دماغ (ج) ادمغة
Hair Sha3er شَعر
Face Wej / Wjoh وجه (ج) وجوه
Eye 3ein / 3yun عين (ج) عيون
Eye brows  7ajeb /  7wejeb حاجب (ج) حواجب 
Ears Dayneh / Daynen دينه (ج) دينان
Nose Munkhar منخار
Mouth Tim تم
Tongue Lsen لسان
Armpits Bat باط
Hand Eid / Eiden  ايد / ايدان
Tummy Batten  بطن
Thighs Fakhed / Fkhad فخد (ج) فخاد

 

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5 New Expressions That you Need to Know in Levantine Arabic

5 New Expressions That you Need to Know in Levantine Arabic

Learning Levantine Arabic expressions, learners gain deeper insights into the language, improve their communication skills, and enhance their overall linguistic proficiency. Today’s new video I shared on Instagram is about 5 new expressions you need to learn when learning Levantine Arabic or Lebanese Arabic. I recommend watching the video first at the bottom of this blog, then try again while reading the script, and finally take a look at the notes to pick your favorite ones to add to your flashcards! Enjoy!

Notes of Video “Slang2”. 

Phonetic Script:  

Khams ta3abir jded byesta3emlohon ahel el-balad, w enta kamen lezim tista3melon el-yom. 

  1. Asle ya3ne original or authentic: mnesta3mela la nusuf shakhes aw rfea2 bn7eso wafe’ w ghale’. 
  2. Khosh-bosh: ana w yeh khosh-bos. Mnesta3mela la nusuf 3ale2ah bayne w ben shakhes ktir 2rab w merte7in ma3 ba3ed. 
  3. Salbe’: mish ma32ol ente shu salbeh. Salbe’ ya3ne 7ada ktir cool. 
  4. Rekbet jeyeh min verb ‘yerkab’ ya3ne to ride. Bnesta3mela lama badna n2ol inu el-mawdo3 meshe 7alo. Khalas meshe 7alo rekbet. 
  5. W ekher kelmeh: galobs ya3ne lezim ro7 aw fel leave. W ana kamen sar lezim ru7. 

Arabic script: 

خمس تعابير جداد بيستعملوهن اهل البلد وانت كمان لازم تستعملهم اليوم.

  1. أصلي يعني اوريخنل او اوثنتك منستعملها لنوصف شخص او رفيق منحسه وفي وغالي.
  2. خوش بوش، انا واياه خوش بوش منستعملها لنوصف علاقة بيني وبين شخص نحن كتير  قراب ومرتاحين مع بعض . 
  3. مش معقول انت شو سلبي، سلبي يعني حدا كتير كول .
  4. ركبت جايه من فعل يركب يعني تو ريد، منستعملها لما بدنا نقول انه الموضوع مشي حاله، خلص مشي الحال ركبت.
  5. و آخر كلمة غالوبس (Gallopse) يعني لازم روح او فل ليف.

 و انا كمان صار لازم روح بس قبل ما روح ما تنسوا تعلقوا.

English Translation: 

Five new expressions used by natives that you need to start using from today. 

  1. Asleh means original or authentic. We use it to describe a friend that we feel is loyal and valuable. 
  2. Khosh-bosh, him and I are khosh-bosh. We use it to describe a person we are very close and comfortable with. 
  3. Salbe’, unbelievable how cool you are. Salbe’ means a very cool person. 
  4. Rekbet, comes from the verb to yerkab which means ‘to ride’. We use it to say everything is under control and it’s all good. 
  5. And the last word is Gallops which means I need to go or leave. I also need to leave. 

Notes: 

Vocabulary Masculine Feminine Notes (if any)
Authentic or original  Asle’ Asliyeh Could also be used to say an object is original or authentic. Example: Hayda el-gezden asle’. This purse is original. 
Buddies with each other  Khosh-bosh Khosh-bosh It’s an expression and doesn’t have gender. 
Cool  Salbe’ Salbe’ It’s an expression and doesn’t have gender.  
All good/ worked out  Rekbet Comes from the verb to ride ‘Yerkab’
Leave Gallops  It’s an expression and doesn’t have gender.  

 

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Bringing the First and Only Kids Immersion Program to Lebanon

Bringing the First and Only Kids Immersion Program to Lebanon

Nasma of New York Culture Center: Bringing the First and Only Kids Immersion Program to Lebanon

 

A New Chapter in Levantine Language Education

At Nasma of New York Culture Center, we are thrilled to announce a groundbreaking initiative that marks a new chapter in our journey of promoting Levantine Arabic language and culture. After more than 11 successful years of offering Levantine Arabic classes in New York City, we are excited to introduce Lebanon’s first and only kids immersion program. This summer, we are bringing our expertise and passion to Lebanon, offering diaspora children a unique opportunity to reconnect with their linguistic and cultural roots.

A Homecoming for the Diaspora

For children of the Lebanese diaspora, maintaining a connection to their heritage can be challenging, especially when living far from their native land. Our new immersion program is specifically designed to address this need. By immersing children in the Levantine Arabic language and Lebanese culture, we aim to strengthen their sense of identity and belonging. This program is more than just a language camp; it’s a cultural homecoming, a chance for children to embrace their roots in an engaging and supportive environment.

Why Choose Nasma’s Immersion Program?

Nasma of New York has earned a reputation for excellence in Levantine Arabic education. Our teaching methods are innovative, effective, and tailored to meet the needs of young learners. Here’s what sets our program apart:

  • Expertise: With over a decade of experience, our curriculum is designed by seasoned educators who understand how to make learning fun and effective.
  • Cultural Integration: Our program goes beyond language instruction, incorporating cultural activities that bring Lebanese traditions to life. From folk tales and traditional dances to culinary classes, children will experience the richness of their heritage.
  • Community Building: Our camp fosters a sense of community and belonging, helping children build friendships and connections that transcend borders.
Program Highlights

Our two-week immersion camp, running from July 15 to July 26, is packed with activities that are both educational and entertaining. Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store:

  • Language Immersion: Daily interactive sessions focused on conversational Levantine Arabic, using songs, stories, and games to make learning natural and enjoyable.
  • Cultural Activities: Children will explore Lebanese folklore, participate in traditional dance lessons, and learn to prepare classic Lebanese dishes like manakish and hummus.
  • Creative Arts: From painting to clay modeling, our arts and crafts sessions will help children express their creativity while learning about traditional Lebanese art forms.
  • Team Building: Group games and team-building exercises designed to foster cooperation, friendship, and a sense of community.
Our Dedicated Team

Leading our camp this summer is Mirna, a seasoned educator with over 10 years of experience in teaching and curriculum development. As a mother of three, Mirna understands what children need to stay engaged and motivated. She will be supported by a team of fantastic instructors, all dedicated to providing a memorable and enriching experience for every child.

Join Us This Summer!

We invite you to enroll your children in our pioneering Levantine Arabic immersion program. Whether, they are seasoned speakers or just beginning their language journey, this camp offers a unique opportunity to enhance their language skills, connect with their cultural heritage, and make lifelong friends.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. Join Nasma of New York Culture Center in Beirut this summer, and give your children the gift of language and culture. You can read more about the camp here!

If you won’t be in Lebanon this summer don’t worry, we offer several other activities separate from our two-week courses. Please read on to learn more!

Experience the joy of reconnecting with your heritage. Register now and become part of the Nasma family!