You’re at a cafe in an Arabic speaking country. Nobody speaks English. It maybe suprising to some but I have met some Arabic students who after two years living in Egypt just point to pictures on the menu.
I mentioned in my book Get Fluent In Arabic that before heading to Egypt I focused on being able to speak basic everyday fusha Arabic. My friend focused on grammar. His goal was to try and score the highest score on the entry level exam. There were a problem with this approach. One, he was too afraid to go out as he could not speak Arabic to the taxi driver to the guy at the local groceries. There’s a saying ”fear only makes your world become smaller.” He spent a good few weeks practically indoors. Only going out when I went out. It’s amazing how small your world can become when you can’t speak the language of the people with whom you are living amongst. Being able to speak the language and eat the food you’re used to is definitely a way to stay sane being away from home. i guess you could turn to Google images and show people the food you want but it is still a crutch. Here are a few survival sentences I learned before heading abroad. I will post other survival sentences in upcoming posts.
أريد التونة شطيرة
Uridu tuna shateera I want a tuna sandwich
uridu qahwa I want coffee
أريد كعكة ألشوكولاتة
Uridu caaka chocolata I want chocolate cake
أريد عصير ألبرتقال
uridu asirul bortugaal I want orange juice
بكم؟ becum how much?
All you gotta do is go on google translate and type the desired food you wana order and put it after the verb uridu and you’re good to go! Remember knowledge not acted upon is soon forgotten. Use whatever you learn immediately!
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Shajahan (Author Of Get Fluent In Arabic)