I’m always amazed when I encounter fellow “kabayan” who are very fluent in speaking Arabic language. It is common to the people who work at home those who deals with the Arabic family 24/7. They need to learn their language because most of the family member is having a hard time speaking English.
Expatriates like me usually didn’t bother to learn Arabic, because almost all the conversations and transactions is done in English or Arabic English or Indian English. Words like insha’lla, mabrook, shuhada are some of the common arabic words you can hear from most of the Filipino. I think we need not to limit our selves for these few words only. It is imperative for us to know the language of the country we are living.
I came to realized that when I rented out our villa in Abu Dhabi few years ago. Our landlady doesn’t know how to speak English, I ended up
hiring looking for a translator just to convey my message to her. Most of the time, I’m struggling talking to our nator (watch man) when we need maintenance or repair. At times I shell out payment for the service of the maintenance company who fully understand what needs to be done at home.
Now I am eager to learn Arabic, even not so fluent but at least I can have simple conversation.
Ok! for the start let me know how to count in Arabic.
The numbers from 21 to 99 are formed by saying the ones digit first, then wa (and) followed by the tens digit. For example, waHid wa ‘ashriin (21 [literally: one and twenty]).
You should read Arabic numbers in the same order as English numbers, from the largest to smallest place,except for the ones digit, which comes before the tens. So 1964 would be read “one thousand, nine hundred, four, and sixty” or alf tis‘a mi‘a arba‘ wa sittiin.
So that’s all for today… See you on our next lesson! Shukran!