In this review I will show you how to ask basic questions using the eight key question words. We used the Arabic in 10 Minutes a Day as our textbook.
Although in Arabic language there are many question words, but I will focus on the EIGHT key question words. These are very useful Arabic words to express questions which is a great way to start learning Arabic and useful when you go on holiday to an Arabic-speaking country.
In English language we use 5W1H to ask basic questions (Who, What, Where, When, Why + How). In Arabic language, these questions are more specific.
1. Who = man مَن
2. What = maa ما or madhaa ماذا
3. Where = ayna أينَ
4. When = mata متى
5. Why = limaadhaa لماذا
6. How = kayfa كيف
7. How many = kam كم
8. How much (price) = bikam بِكم
1. Man huwa? مَن هُوَ؟ → Who is he?
2. Maa hadhaa? ما هَذا؟ → What is this?
3. Ayna hadhaa? أينَ هَذا؟ → Where is this?
4. Mata nakulu? مَتى نَاكُلُ؟ → When do we eat?
5. Kayfa haluki? (F) كَيفَ حالُكِ؟ → How are you?
6. Bikam hadhihi? بِكَم هَذِهِ؟ → How much is this?
To ask what time is it, we use the word kam كم, Kam assa’ah? كم الساعة؟
Because the Arabic writing on the textbook is too small, I decided to make my own version that you can download here. But to respect the rights of the writer and distributors, I recommend you to buy the book as well.
The next review, I will show you how to use the subject pronouns such as ana, anta, anti, antum, antuma, antuna, huwa, hiya and nahnu, In sha Allah.
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