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المدونون يکتبون عن الحياة الواقعية

Bloggers write about Real Life
Selected & Edited

By
Mohammed Jiyad
الطفولة

إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

We're asking children in London and Cairo: What makes you happy? What makes you unhappy? And we have a song and story from Nader Abou el Fatouh.

Here are some of the answers we got for "What makes you happy?"

Toys!

Singing the alphabet.
My dog, Finlay.
When we do DT - design and technology in school.
Being with my friends and going on the trampoline .
Chocolate and sweets.
Playing board games. Playing football.
Reading.

And "What makes you unhappy?"


When my sister is sad.


Nothing!
When people are rude to me and call me names.
Having to play boring sports like golf and athletics.
Science
Most fruit.
Vegetables.
My brother annoying me!

ما هي الاشياء التي تشعركِ بالسعادة وتلك التي تجعلكِ حزينة؟ أکتبي تعليقكِ بالعربية.

أغلى ابتسامة في العالم

إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

What do Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, film actress Marlene Dietrich and the actress who stars in the American TV show Ugly Betty have in common?

They have all had parts of their body insured.

Keith Richards had his fingers insured, and Marlene Dietrich her legs.

Now actress America Ferrera, who plays Betty Suarez in the show Ugly Betty, has had her smile insured for $10 million dollars.

The insurance policy was taken out by a tooth product company that is working with the actress on a charity campaign.

In Ugly Betty she plays a classic ugly duckling who works for a fashion magazine. She wears garish clothes and has braces on her teeth.

The actress said she was "flattered" to have her smile insured for so much.

Insurance company Lloyds of London said they have 300 years experience dealing with strange insurance requests. Once a celebrity asked to have his chest hair insured!


ما هو الجزء الذي قد تقومين بتأمينه في جسمكِ؟ اكتبي تعليقكِ بالعربية.

الغش في الامتحانات



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

The exam season starts today and this year exam authorities are using new technology to help stop cheating.

For the first time, radio frequency tags have been put on bundles of exam papers which are sent out by the authorities.

They say the new technology makes it easier to spot if bundles of papers have been tampered with.

Schools have tight security, but some papers do go missing. Some are stolen and sold. Others are distributed on the internet.

Reports of problems like this are few: out of 620,000 bags of exam papers sent out last year, there were only 70 reported problems.

Even so, the logistics of sending out alternative exam papers is very expensive.

But the biggest problem is that people lose faith in the exam system.



ما الذي تفعله الکلية لمنع الغش فى الامتحانات؟ اكتبي تعليقكِ بالعربية.

سؤال وجواب



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

Talal Ali from Tanta in Egypt asks about the difference between "but" and "however".

But is often seen as stronger and more emphatic than however. It is also more common in spoken English as it sounds more natural.

However can be used in different places in a sentence:

 "He was angry. However, he didn't say anything about it."

 "He was angry. He didn't, however, say anything about it."

 "He was angry. He didn't say anything about it, however."

We also have a question from Fouad in Morocco, who wants to know the difference between "I wish" and "I hope".

When you "hope" for something, you want it to happen, and think it is possible.

 "I hope Brazil win the World Cup."

When you "wish" for something, you want it to happen, but know it is very unlikely, or even impossible.

 "I wish I was 10 years younger."

Taghreed in Egypt asks which preposition goes before the word "holiday".

The answer is "on": on holiday.



أين تحبين أن تقضي عطلتكِ القادمة؟ أكتبي تعليقكِ بالعربية.

مسابقة اختاري رقما



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.
Our two contestants today are:

Aasaan lives in Iraq. Learning English is his hobby!

Mohammed is in Egypt. He's a veterinarian.

Use the link on the bottom of the page to listen to the quiz.



QUESTIONS

1) A spelling question. (Listen to the program.)

2) If you are from Britain, you are British. If you are from France, you are____________.

3) The opposite of like is ___________

4) 2:30 and half past two are the same time - yes or no?

5) What is the past tense of send?

6) A mouse and a keyboard are part of a _____________.


أکتبي عن مسابقة شارکتِ فيها في أي فترة من حياتكِ المدرسيةِ.

مسابقة يوروفيژن للاغاني



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.
Today Lilianne is talking to John, who is at the Eurovision Song Contest in Finland.

In Helsinki John has been talking to fans of the competition.

Burhan has been a big fan of Eurovision since he was a boy. The first time he watched the contest on TV was in 1984.

Samantha is from Lebanon. She tells John that there is a possibility that the Lebanese star Mika might enter the contest next year. John has also heard rumors that there might be a Palestinian entry as well.

At the competition there is also a contest for amateur singers. Aida is one of the contestants. She lives in Finland but is from Iraq.

John says that he might enter the amateur competition next year.........maybe.

These people are big fans of Eurovision. Perhaps you are a fan of something else - football? - films?


هل انتِ من المعجبين بكرة القدم، الافلام ام شيء اخر؟ أكتبي تعليقكِ بالعربية.

هل تودين ان تكوني باحثة اثار؟



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

Today Sam and Finn are talking about archaeology.


In the news an archaeologist has said that he has discovered the tomb of King Herod.

People are always very interested in archaeology. You often hear stories in the media about new discoveries.

In fact, in Britain there are television shows about digs.

And of course the popularity of archaeology is partly because of Hollywood films about the adventures of Indiana Jones.

These films are very exciting but is archaeology really that glamorous?



لو كنتِ عالمة اثار ما الشيء الذي تودين اكتشافه؟ أكتبي تعليقكِ بالعربية.

هل تستخدمين الطاقة البديلة ؟



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

Here is an example of alternative energy. Car owners in Papua New Guinea can now use coconut oil as fuel instead of diesel.

Diesel is expensive on some parts of the island but there are lots of coconuts trees. People are now producing the oil in backyard refineries.

It is a sustainable fuel because you can keep planting coconut trees. Also it is environmentally friendly.

Locals like the coconut oil fuel. They say that it smells better than diesel!

Alternative energy is used in many part of the world.

In a sunny country you can use solar power.

Wave power is used near the sea.


Wind power is another kind of alternative energy.

ما هي انواع الطاقة البديلة التي تـُستخدم في هذه البلاد؟ أكتبي تعليقكِ بالعربية.

هل تخيطين ملابسكِ، أو بعضها؟



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

Nowadays people don't make their own clothes. They usually buy them in a shop.

One reason is that no one knows how to sew any more.

A generation ago sewing was more popular. Also sewing used to be taught at school, but not any more.

When you ask someone if they can sew, they sometimes say yes, but that usually means that they can sew on a button! It doesn't mean that they can make their own clothes.

Handmade clothes can be beautiful. Handmade means someone made it by hand, not using a machine. Homemade means you made it at home, you didn't buy it.

هل لديكِ ملابس تمت خياطتها باليد؟ ام انكِ تقومين بشراء ملابسكِ جاهزة من الاسواق؟ أكتبي تعليقكِ بالعربية.

هل تعلمتِ على يد معلم ام معلمة؟



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

Think back to when you were at primary school. Was your teacher a man or a woman? Probably a woman.

Perhaps one reason is that teaching in primary school is a caring job. Children start school in Britain when they are 5 years old. Perhaps women are more caring than men and so they are better primary school teachers.

But not everyone would agree. Men can be caring as well!

Also, a male primary school teacher is a positive role model for boys.

In Britain the schools want to recruit more male teachers, but very few men apply for the job.


هل تعتقدين ان عدد المعلمين الرجال فى المدارس الابتدائية يجب ان يزداد؟ أكتبي رأيكِ بالعربية.

هل يمكن الاستغناء عن مقدمي البرامج الاذاعية؟



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

Today Somaya and John are talking about radio presenters. Will they soon be out of a job?




Digital technology is changing radio stations around the world. There are more stations and this means less money from advertising for each station.

One way for a station to save money is not to have radio presenters.

Some of the new stations now play music 24 hours a day.

There are no radio presenters!

Perhaps this is the future of radio.

Radio presenters are popular, but some people think that they are annoying. Perhaps a station that only plays music would be better.



هل تفضلين محطة اذاعية بدون مذيعين؟ أكتبي رأيكِ بالعربية.

هل من الواجب ان نحتفظ بهدايا عيد الميلاد كمفاجاة؟



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

Should you ask for a present so that you know what you are getting or should your birthday present be a surprise?

In the survey 29 percent of British men say that they have been told by their wives exactly what they want for their birthdays.

Other men say that they know what present to buy because their wives drop heavy hints.

A present that you don't want can be a waste of money.

The reason a present is given to you is to make you happy. Perhaps people should say what they want so that no one has to guess.

But isn't it lovely to get a surprise present that you really like?


أيهما الأفضل، ان تختاريِ هدية لعيد ميلادكِ أم تستمتعي بالمفاجأة؟ أكتبي رأيكِ بالعربية.

تعّلمي من خلال الأغاني



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

In their song 'Bedshaped', British group Keane use the words don't laugh at me.

Eminem says don't moan in the song 'When I'm gone'. You can use it when you want someone to stop complaining.


Doing my own thing is a term from Ciara's song 'Like a boy'.

Benkara Ahcene from Algeria wants to hear Sting and Cheb Mami's beautiful song Desert Rose'. Listen out for the saying I dream.

‘Walking on Sunshine' by Jennifer Lopez features the expression stand the test of time.


Phoney is a word from Justin Timberlake's popular song 'Like I love you'.

In the song 'Marblehead Johnstone, the Bluetones use the phrase the pressure's on.


فقط رجاء ملء الإستمارة اسفل الصفحة إن کانت هناك أغنية ما تريدين الإستماع إليها؟ هل تريدين إهداء أغنية ما لشخص ما؟

Your name


Your town and country


Your phone number


Your email


Name and town of the friend



أکتبي نصَّ اغنية تحبينها بالعربيةِ.

كوني رشيقةً في المكتب

إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

Today Sam and Kaz are talking about a new way to exercise while we work.

Do you spend most of your day sitting in an office?



Obesity experts in the USA have developed a vertical workstation that allows you to work and work out at the same time.

The workstation is made up of a treadmill and a frame. Office equipment like laptops and phones can be clipped onto the frame.

The idea is that people can talk on the phone and answer emails while burning off calories on the treadmill.

Tests have been done which show that the machine could help obese people lose up to 30kg a year.

But there are a few problems. People say it is not easy to balance a laptop on the frame. Typing can also be difficult while walking.

And above all, keeping concentration is a problem.



هل المكتب العمودي وسيلة جيدة لمحاربة السمنة؟ أكتبي رأيكِ بالعربية.

آثار روما الخالدة تتصدع


إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

Today Sam and Kaz are talking about the ancient architecture of Rome.

Rome is known as "the eternal city".

But now, some of Rome's most famous ancient buildings like the Coliseum and the Forum are beginning to crack and crumble.

The hills on which Rome is built have become unstable through years of tunneling and digging, as well as through changes in weather conditions.

The problem, of course, is money.

It costs millions to protect the treasures of ancient Rome. There are too many monuments and not enough money to pay for maintenance and repairs, especially with new discoveries being made every year.

Experts say that the problem could be solved by investing more of the profits from tourism to protect these monuments.

At present tourism accounts for 10% of the GDP. But economists say that with proper investment it could reach 20%.


هل يجب المحافظة على المباني والاثار القديمة للأبد؟ أكتبي رأيكِ بالعربية.
جينة وراثية تحارب الصلع



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.
Today Sam and Kaz are talking about baldness.

Many people worry about going bald, and most men lose hair as they get older.

But new research from the University of Pennsylvania suggests baldness might not be irreversible.

The human head has 100,000 tiny hair follicles, from each of which grows a single hair.

It was thought that these hair follicles, once damaged, could never be replaced.

Scientists now say that hair growth can be encouraged with a single gene.

The gene is called wnt and is important in healing wounds. If it is boosted new hair follicles are produced.

So far tests have only been done on mice, but scientists feel confident the technology could be transferred to humans.



هل يعاني أحد من معارفكِ من الصلع؟ هل تعتقدينَ ان التطور الاخير فى محاربة الصلع سيساعدهُ؟ إکتبي تعليقكِ بالعربيةِ.

أسئلة ومسابقات



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

Today with Khaled Abol Naga, it's the quiz special!

In the program we have lots of quizzes and lots of questions.

Here's some of the questions Khaled asks the contestants:


Which 'e' is a large grey animal?

Do you apply to or apply for a job?

Do we say it's a sunshiny day or a sunny day?

How do you say rainbow in Arabic?

Which is correct: he was born or he was borned?

Do we say we are saving for a rainy day or for a windy day?

If someone is hard up are they rich or poor?

Where do you go to post a letter?

To get drugs from a pharmacy do you need a prescription or a receipt?

How do you say traffic jam in Arabic?

If you eat fast are you gobbling or gabbling?

Which is correct: I get to home at 7pm or I get home at 7pm?

What's the opposite of agree?

Pigeon, eagle and stork are all types of what?

In the US we call it a purse - what do we call it in British English?

How do you say continent in Arabic?

Abigail and Khaled also get into the spirit of the program and ask each other questions. Listen to the audio to find out who wins!

Finally Abigail and Khaled talk about some of the language that comes up in the quizzes: idioms such as ' a piece of cake', 'not my cup of tea' and 'too many cooks spoil the broth'.



هل ترغبين في المشاركة في مسابقة من هذا النوع؟ اكتبي تعليقكِ بغض النظر عما إذا کان الجواب نعم/لا.

الهوية


إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.
In London we're asking How British do you feel? and What makes you who you are? Most people say they feel "very British", although one woman says "I'd like to think we're European as well".

So your nationality makes you who you are - but what else? One man says that whatever you enjoy makes you who you are. And a woman says that being a writer and having the freedom of speech to do that makes up her identity.

So what makes an Egyptian? One Cairo resident says "What makes me Egyptian is the ability to communicate with every other nationality." According to another woman, people in Egypt are kind, helpful and generous.

Cath and Khaled also talk about new words that are used to describe people. For example the word neek is made from two words:



nerd (شخص يتسم بالذكاء الشديد وعادة لديه هوس باجهزة الكمبيوتر) and

geek شخص يتسم بالذكاء وعادة ما يكون منطويا على نفسه، وذوقه في الملابس سيء). Put them together and you've got neek! The opposite of neek is dude

(وصف للاشخاص اصحاب الشعبية وذوقهم في امور كالملابس والموسيقى ممتاز). Dudes are safe.

ما الذي يشكل شخصيتكِ وهويتكِ؟ اكتبي تعليقكِ بالعربيةِ.

دروس من الحياة


إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

We asked people in London and Cairo what lessons they've learned from life. Here are some of the answers we got.

"Never take things too seriously."

"Well, I've learnt so many lessons but mainly to be helpful and kind with people."

"Live life as you mean to go on" and "live every day as if it's your last one."

"Treat others as you'd like to be treated yourself". "Do it now because you'll never know if you'll have another chance!"

Cath and Khaled also talk about how important it is in English to be polite. In a café don't just say "Orange juice" say "Orange juice, please". And don't forget to say thank you.


ما هي الدروس التي تعلمتِها من الحياة؟ أکتبي تعليقكِ بالعربيةِ.

العمل



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

This week with Khaled Abo Al Naga there's no time to rest - because the theme is work. We asked "What's the secret to success at work?"

The answer depends a lot on your line of work. So, for example, we asked a lawyer, and that's quite a traditional profession. Lawyers are expected to train for a long time and work long hours to earn their success. This lawyer said the secret to success is "hard work, intelligence, dedication".

When we asked a student, she said it is important to set yourself a goal, because it's easy to get distracted. Students have to be self-motivated, because they work by themselves. Three different management consultants said you need to take risks and be a good communicator.

In Cairo several people mentioned one thing, which not one single person in London mentioned. That was religious faith. Lots of people in Cairo said that faith in God was a good way to be successful at work. Abigail and Khaled talk about some useful phrases from the world of work. If you need to start working hard on something you might use knuckle down. 'I've got exams next week, I'd better 'knuckle down' You might see us in our office, working hard and say 'they were all busy, heads down, working.'

But 'heads up' isn't the opposite of 'heads down'. A heads up is a kind of warning. If there's an important test coming up at college I might give you a 'heads up'.




ما السر وراء النجاح في العمل؟ اكتبي تعليقكِ بالعربيةِ.

موسيقى وانغام


إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

Cathy and Khaled Abol Naga have got lots of music because it's the song program.

Cath and Khaled talk about the Eurovision song contest which is on this week. It's a huge TV show where 42 members of the European Broadcasting Union compete to see who has the best song.

This year the contest is held in Finland because the Finnish band called Lordi was the winner last year.

Cath and Khaled talk about the UK entry "Flying the Flag". Listen to the audio to hear the song and find out what people in London think of it. One word that many people use about it is cheesy.

Cath gives Khaled a new phrase: "ear worm" - literally. This is when a song gets stuck in your head. Maybe "Flying the Flag" will be your "ear worm" this week?

They also talk about terms of endearment like darling, mate, babe and baby. And Khaled teaches Cath some useful Arabic phrases!

Lastly, something very special. Khaled and Camilia sing a duet, the classic "I Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher!




لو اتيحت لكِ فرصة الغناء في مسابقة يورفيژن ماهي الاغنية التي ستغنينها؟ اكتبي نصها بالعربيةِ.

رمضان کريم



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

Ramadan Karim! Happy Ramadan! We're finding out how listeners are celebrating the month in Egypt and the UK. We are asking people 'What does Ramadan mean to various people?'. Abeer says Ramadan means fasting, resting, spending time with family, eating, watching TV and listening to Sheherazade and 'The Thousand and One Nights'

Cath in London talks to Saad who is studying in Sheffield, UK. He says Ramadan gives him an overview a way to examine our relationship with our creator. He waits with eagerness for this month. In England he gets together with other Egyptian families and goes to the mosque and organizes events. Dalia from Khartoum has been living in London for four years. She has two children. As a Muslem, Ramadan has a deeper meaning to Dalia - a month for worship and mercy.

Khalid is joined by Sean from London in the studio. He's blind-folded and trying to guess which Ramadan foods he is eating without being able to see them. Some foods are lumpy, cold, fruity or wet. Cath and Khalid talk about the stories we listen to during Ramadan. Cath says some of the stories from 'The Thousand and One Nights' are well-known in the UK - 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves' and 'Aladdin' are performed as musical plays 'pantomimes' at Christmas time.

When we tell a story we often start it by saying 'Once upon a time. We know we're at the end of the story when we hear the words 'And they all lived happily ever after'.

أكتبي قصة بالعربية تبدأ بعبارة "ذات يوم"، وتنتهي بـ "عاشوا في سعادة إلی الأبد!

عيد الحب



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

Abeer, Cath, Alice, Khaled, Sean and all the team wish everyone a very happy Eid as we look back on some of the items and messages we had during a peaceful and lovely Ramadan. We also look forward to the next program which will be broadcast on Khaled's birthday and just before Egypt's Valentine's Day.

If you'd like to send birthday wishes to Khaled or have a message for loved ones - or perhaps you want us to play a song for someone special please send us an email below. During the special programs for Ramadan, we received many lovely messages. You can hear Hosam El Sokkari, Head of the Arabic Service, talking to Inas Gohar on today's audio links.

You can also hear Andrew Thompson, Head of Learning English, talking about the favorite parts of his job! and his favorite Ramadan sweets. We also had a very nice message from Ahmed, one of the many devoted listeners to BBC. Have a listen to all these messages at the top of the page.

Coming soon - Khaled's birthday. How do you celebrate your birthday? Why not tell us your star sign and a little about your personality? And what about love? Why not tell us what you feel love is all about? What is love? In the next two programs, we'll be talking about dreams Do you dream? What kind of dreams do you have?

We'll also have a special program for and about kids. Do you have any children? Or younger brothers or sisters? Maybe they would like to tell us about what they love?

أکتبي بالعربية عن أجمل هدية قـُدمت لكِ في عيد الحب.


لحظة ندم



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

This week with Khaled Abol Naga we're talking about regrets. Abeer and Alice talk to people in Cairo and London. They asked them: "Do you have any regrets?" This is what they said.

"Things I should have done and things I wished I'd said."

"I used to play the guitar when I was about 16 years old and then I gave it up. I regret not having kept it up because by now I might be quite good!"

"My only regret is that I should have studied harder at school and I wouldn't be having to make up for it right now."

"I do regret not having spent more time with my grandfather before he died."

"I regret getting very busy with my life to the extent that I didn't tell my best friend how important he is to, kept delaying it, until I lost him in an accident."

In the language chat Khaled and Alice discuss phrases we use when we talk about regrets; such as I should have.. I wish I had... or If I could change things, I would

Alice also mentions that in English we sound as if we are saying sorry all the time! For example, if you want someone's attention you would say "Sorry, excuse me....، " or if you didn't hear what someone said you may say just "Sorry? "But remember - this `sorry' is not an apology!

هل تشعرينَ بالاسف أو الندم على مواقف او لحظات معينة مررت بها؟ أکتبي تعليقكِ بالعربيةِ.

أسباب السعادةِ



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

We're talking today about what makes us happy!

When you feel down - what makes you happy? Abeer and Abigail have been asking people in London and Cairo what makes them feel happy.

Here are some of their answers - listening to music, looking out of the window, sunshine, flowers, having a coffee with friends, seeing the sea, reading, swimming, meeting friends, writing short stories and eating delicious food.

One man says that seeing the smile on the face of a small child makes him happy. Another man says that having dinner with his wife makes him feel happy.

One woman says that removing the problem - getting rid of the problem - solving the problem - makes her feel happy. Another woman says that she feels happy when she's being stupid - thinking up funny scenarios. Or thinking nice thoughts.

Some people say shopping makes them feel happy. A little bit of retail therapy stops them from feeling down.


أكتبي بالعربيةعمَّا يجعلك سعيدة.

الخوف



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

What are you frightened of? Abeer and Alice have been out and about on the streets of Cairo and London asking this question to find out what scares people there. One man says he is scared of failure.

We also hear from people who are scared of heights, the dark and creepy crawlies, especially spiders. A strange fear we hear about is evil clowns, and one woman even says she is scared of her husband.

Khaled gets scared to death when he thinks something has crept into the studio with him. He and Alice discuss what we say when we are scared such as " I was petrified" (literally, turned to stone!). Or if something freaks you out or is really spooky you could say "I was terrified”. If something is that scary it will probably give you nightmares.
أخبرينا عن نفسك. ممَّ تخافين ؟ ولماذا ؟ اكتبي عمَّا يخيفكِ.

الحياة المنزلية


إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

Khaled Abol Naga and Abeer this week are talking about home. We're asking people in Cairo and London about what home means to them and whether they live with family or on their own.

A woman in Cairo tells Abeer that for her, home means family and rules. She says that she tried to move out, but found it very hard because people are narrow-minded about young people living on their own. A woman says home is boring because of the routine, nothing new to do and people interfering in her life all the time. She says she has a plan to move out. A third woman says that home gives her security, confidence and familiarity. She says that no one judges her and she can chill out.

In London a student tells Abigail that home means comfort, warmth, home cooking, and getting his clothes washed. A student from the United States says that she lives in halls of residence for students. Home is where her parents live. A French student says he shares a flat with his classmate from France. He says home means harmony and being relaxed. He thinks it's a peaceful place.

Abigail and Khaled talk about some of the words and phrases connected to home. They talk about housework, warmth, confidence, harmony and the places where people feel at home - where they feel relaxed.


ماذا تعني كلمة المنزل بالنسبة لكِ؟ أکتبي عن مکان سکنكِ بالعربية.

الشعور بالغيرة



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

This week with Khaled Abol Naga we're talking about jealousy. What makes you jealous? We're asking people in Cairo and London.

In Cairo, a man tells Abeer that jealousy can be stimulating. He says if you are jealous of someone at work it makes you want to perform better. But he also thinks jealousy can have a bad effect on relationships and may destroy them. Another person Abeer chats to says she is not the jealous type. She says if you're in a relationship with someone you have to trust them. And if you don't trust them, that's when you might get jealous.

Finally in Cairo, a man says that jealousy is not a word in his dictionary. He says if people are confident they won't get jealous. At work he thinks jealousy can be a positive thing and push you to improve yourself. But if you want to get what others have, then it would be envy and not jealousy.

Abigail also asks people in London what makes them jealous. One woman thinks you have to feel passionate to get jealous so it's not always negative. But she says jealousy can obviously cloud your judgment and be very destructive.

A man says in marriage jealousy is inevitable. But jealousy is not just about relationships; he says he visited friends in the countryside and got jealous because they had a big garden and a lot of space.

Also in the program, Abigail tells Khaled about some slang English; different ways of saying 'I said', such as "I went" and "I was like".

ما الذي يجعلكِ تشعرين بالغيرةِ؟ أکتبي تعليقكِ بالعربيةِ.


النساء



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.
What's the best thing about being a woman? And what's the worst thing? We ask women in Cairo and London and get some very interesting answers. Here are a few of the words you'll hear.

she can have it all, superwoman, have a fantastic figure, independent, feminine, prejudice against women as leaders of society, getting our own way, being pampered, impulsive, sensitive

Cath and Abeer also talk about different ways we can talk about women in English; for example is Abeer a girl, a woman, or a lady?

Cath explains that lady is a rather old-fashioned word now. Girl is usually used for someone who's quite young, for example a schoolgirl.

However, sometimes it can refer to older women too; such as in phrases like girl power (the idea that the idea that women and girls should be confident and achieve things independently of men) and girls' night out, where a group of women of any age go for a night out without any men.

They decide in the end that Abeer is a woman! And there's a surprise guest on the telephone; Nancy Agram calls in to talk about what she likes about being a woman. Listen in as she gives us an exclusive performance of her new song and makes a very exciting promise.
أکتبي بالعربية نص مقابلة قصيرة مع إحدی النساء.

الرجال

We heard different views from men in London. The first man felt that men and women are on an equal footing nowadays. Another felt that men are still given some sort of supremacy in the workplace, in terms of promotions and pay.

One man in London says that the best thing about being a man is that you don't have to have kids and stay at home. Some men might prefer that to going to work!

Both the men in London and in Cairo say that the best thing about being a man is that you have more freedom, more independence. A man in Cairo says that men can make their own choices! What do you think? Email us below.

One man in London says the worst thing about being a man is that it's harder for men to show their emotions. Most of the men in Cairo, however, mention the pressure of financial and family responsibilities.

Sean and Khaled also talk about fashion news for men. In the UK tartan and check are in - a kind of Scottish or cowboy look - and ripped jeans are out.

They then talk about gifts for men. Gadgets are popular as boys' toys and Khaled likes the sound of the vibrating chair for men who like to play computer games. He's not so keen on the salt-shaker that shakes itself!

If you are a man, would you say you are a guy, a bloke, a new man, or an alpha male? Sean and Khaled talk about what it means to be a bloke who likes traditionally male things like football and cars. A bloke is a bit macho but not as macho as an alpha male who is very macho and likes to be the leader. They agree that they are probably both new men who can show their emotions. Sean says that he 'wears his heart on his sleeve' and learns that the equivalent Arabic expression is to 'hold your heart in your palm'. Finally, Khaled and Sean talk about male grooming!

Here are some of the jokes you can hear too - check the audio links above for the Arabic translations:

Q: Why is psychoanalysis a lot quicker for a man than for a woman?

A: Because when it's time to go back to his childhood, he's already there.

Q: What's the difference between a man and E.T.?


A: E.T. phones home.

Q: Why are men like computers?


A: Because they're difficult to understand and never have enough memory!

أکتبي بالعربية نص مقابلة قصيرة مع أحد الرجال.


أوقات الفراغ


إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.
What do you do in your spare time? That's what we're talking about today with Khaled Abol Naga. Spare time; some people have a lot, and some people don't have any at all!

Cath and Abeer talk to people in Cairo and London about what they do in their time off.

Lots of people like hanging out, or chilling with their friends. Some have hobbies, such as gardening, painting and drawing.

One woman in London says she does housework in her spare time (poor thing!) and another likes to sing karaoke - something that's very popular in the UK at the moment.

In the program, Cath and Khaled also talk about some English phrases you won't find in a dictionary. Cath has been watching Big Brother a reality TV program that everyone is obsessed with in the UK this summer. She talks about some of the language the housemates use.

They call each other babe or babes all the time, and they think their friends in the house are mint and fierce two words for saying you think people are great. But not all of them get on; there's a lot of back-stabbing in the house.



كيف تقضين أوقات الفراغ ؟ اكتبي تعليقكِ بالعربية.

القلق والتوتر


إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.
We're talking to people in Cairo and London about what makes them feel stressed and what they do to beat it.

A woman in Cairo tells Abeer that she gets stressed because of work, traffic jams and the hot weather. She says that she overcomes and beats stress by playing sport, going out, shopping and taking holidays. One man says that there are many reasons that make him feel stressed. He says most of the time he feels pressured because of work and he copes with stress by playing sports. Another woman says that she gets stressed out when she is tired and has to do a certain amount of things in a certain amount of time. She dreams of having 30 hours in a day instead of 24 and also perhaps 8 days a week rather than 7! She copes with stress by shutting herself away from the things that put pressure on her. For example, she switches off her mobile phone and doesn't answer the door.

Three students in London tell Cath that they feel under pressure because of exams. They cope with stress in different ways. One student says that he studies as hard as he can to make sure he does well. Another says he copes with pressure by walking around the city. The third student says that he ignores it and sets goals and tries to achieve them. One woman says that her boss is horrible and he stresses her out. She says that she deals with the stress by chanting. Another woman says her partner stresses her out because he doesn't tidy up. And she copes with it by having a relaxing bath!
ما الذي يسبب لكِ القلق والتوتر وكيف تنجحين في التغلب عليه؟ أکتبي تعليقكِ بالعربيةِ.

الشعور بالأحراج

إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

What's your most embarrassing moment? Abeer and Cath have finding out what makes people embarrassed in Cairo and London.

In London, people talk about getting embarrassed when they fall over or say the wrong thing at the wrong time.

In Cairo, a woman gets really embarrassed when she remembers the first meal she cooked for her husband. And another remembers how she laughed when someone told her they loved her.

Cath and Khaled discuss language we use to say we are embarrassed. A lot of phrases in English describe how you look when you're embarrassed; you go red in the face, you blush.

If something's embarrassing we say it's cringeworthy or cringemaking. If you cringe you curl up with embarrassment. And something you'll hear teenagers saying; it's shameful !

أکتبي بالعربية قصة عن موقف محرج تعرضتِ له.

الضحك


إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

What makes you laugh? Khaled and Cath talk about what makes people laugh in Cairo and London.

In Cairo one lady tells Abeer that people with a sense of humor make her laugh as well as comedians especially comedians from the 40s and 50s. But it's not just people who make us laugh - Abeer talks to one woman who says her cat makes her laugh!

Another woman in Cairo says she likes sarcasm. She laughs a lot and she says her laugh comes from her heart. Cath points out that in the UK we'd call a laugh like that a belly laugh.

So what makes people laugh in London? There are lots of different answers - one person said `Everything!' and another person said 'Nothing!'.

In London the stand-up comedian Ricky Gervais is very popular, he stars in a sit-com called 'The Office'. One woman mentions the comedian Ali G and told Cath that people love sketch shows like Little Britain.

Cath and Khaled also talk about different ways we can check if people understand what we are saying; using phrases like `... you know what I mean?`, `....you know?` and `..... you get me?'. Sometimes if someone tells you a joke, for example, and you don't understand it, we say you don't get it.


هل تحبينَ النکات وبرامج الترفيه والعروض المُسليَّة القصيرة؟ أکتبي بالعربية عمَّا يضحككِ.

العلاقات الإنسانية



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

Abeer and Abigail go out on the streets to find out if people in Cairo and London want the same thing from a relationship. They ask "What do you look for in a relationship?".

Abeer finds that in Cairo people want respect, love and understanding from their relationships. People also mention trust, honesty and, of course, passion.

Abigail gets some slightly different answers in London. She finds it's important for Londoners to be with someone who doesn't take themselves too seriously and who can have a laugh. One woman is very honest and says has to be with someone who's good-looking.

Abigail and Khaled also look at the language we use when we're talking about relationships; about breaking up and making up.

Perhaps you're lucky and you've found the one the person you will be with for the rest of your life. Or perhaps you're not so lucky; you're seeing someone but things don't work out, you get dumped!




وماذا عنكِ ؟ عمَّ تبحثين في العلاقات الإنسانية ؟ أکتبي تعليقكِ بالعربيةِ.

السياحة


إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

Abeer and Cath have been out and about on the streets of Cairo and London to find out how welcoming we are to tourists. They ask people how we can make sure tourists have a good time when they visit our cities.

People in Cairo and London agree on one thing - we should smile at tourists! Also, we should give them lots of information about where to go - and not just the normal tourist destinations .

We hear from one woman who says that if you are a tourist in Cairo it's important to know how to haggle; so she gives us a lesson. However - one Londoner thinks that it's up to tourists to have a good time. "I think we just provide the best that we can and that the rest is up to them" she says.

Most people agree there's a big difference between western and eastern cultures; it's important that tourists learn about the differences and don't get culture shock. One thing that might help British tourists is if they learn some Arabic.

Khaled and Cath also talk about the sort of language you can use to talk about your favorite music.

They discuss the band Goldfrapp: the music is quite chilled out but it's got a good beat. So you can listen to it before you go to a party just to get you in the mood.

Another band that's very popular in the UK at the moment is Snow Patrol. They are a traditional guitar band, with catchy melodies.


أکتبي بالعربية عن سفرة سياحية قـمتِ بها في السابق.

حُمى كرة القدم



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

We're asking people in Cairo and London which teams they'd like to see in the World Cup final.

A football fan in Cairo tells Abeer that he wants to see France and Germany in the final. He says France is the best team in the world and he wants them to win the trophy. A woman in Cairo says she wants to see Brazil and Argentina in the final. She says that both teams have something magical about their touch.

In London, a fan tells Cath that a final between Brazil and England would be a terrific game. A lady from Japan who lives in London, says she wants to see Brazil and Japan because it will be a good match. Two friends hope for a Serbian-French final, but one worries about their friendship because they might fall out as a result. One of them thinks that England shouldn't win because the England coach is too adventurous and experimental in his team selection.

Khaled also spoke to Sean who used to teach English and went to both the finals of the African Cup and the last World Cup final in Japan. Sean says that he had a fantastic time. He tells Khaled about his experience and also explains the meanings of words like supporter, fanatical and phrases like level playing field.


أکتبي بالعربية عن أي الفرق الرياضية التي تودين صعودها الى الدوري النهائي؟

الطعام


إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

During the program Cath tries out some Egyptian food; felafal, hummus, eggplant dip, apricots and nuts. And Khaled is tucking in to some typical British summer food; cucumber sandwiches and strawberries and cream.

The question Cath and Abeer ask this week is "What's the best meal you've ever had?" There are some surprising answers, such as pickled fish and a chocolate fountain.

One American visitor to London says the best meal he ever had was fish and chips at the pub. And we hear about some traditional Egyptian meals such as molokhia and basbousa.

Some of the people Cath and Abeer talk to say that they have had great meals abroad, but most agree that home cooking is best!

Cath and Khaled also talk about slang ways to talk about food. Many students in the UK live on pasta dishes such as spag bol (short for spaghetti bolognaise).


Takeaways are very popular, so you may hear someone say "Let's have an Indian" or "Let's have a Chinese". And of course everyone loves a good fry-up; a traditional English breakfast (cooked with bacon and eggs).

وماذا عنكِ ؟ ماهي أفضل وجبة تناولتِها؟ أکتبي تعليقكِ بالعربيةِ.

الموضة



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.
Alice and Abeer have been out and about on the streets of London and Cairo to find out what's in and what's out. What's hot and what's not!

In Cairo and London accessories are in, especially beads, and the gypsy look is in with long, loose skirts.



Hobo chic is now out of fashion; Alice talks about Kate Moss, a model who used to love hobo chic clothes.

For men this summer in London the look is smart shirts in pastel colors.

Abeer talks to a veiled woman who says she likes loose clothes, that she can feel comfortable in.

People like to wear clothes that express their personality; one girl with pink hair tells Alice that she loves bright colors.

What's in and out in the English language? Alice and Khaled talk about the latest ways of saying something is really good. Fab is out; cool is in.

ما هي أحدث صيحات الموضة حيث تقيمينَ ؟ وما الذي تراجع إلى الصف الثاني؟ أکتبي تعليقك بالعربيةِ.

الصداقة والمشاعر



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.

In Cairo people tell Abeer about their best friends. They say that their friends are sincere, faithful, trustworthy and helpful. They go out together, spend time together, trust each other, enjoy each other's company and support each other. They understand each other.

One man says that his best friend is someone from whom he may learn something. His impact should be constructive. Abeer asks people what a good friend adds to your life. One woman says that a good friend cheers her up when she's feeling depressed. She's always there for her. She learns from her problems and from her advice.

Cath says that in English we don't usually refer to things as friends, e.g. sports, books etc. She asks people in England about their best friends. One man tells her that his girlfriend is his best friend. She puts up with him and she's always there for him. One woman says that she has a circle of friends she can rely on them, she can always trust them and they're fun to be with.

أکتبي بالعربيةِ عن الأشياء التى تحبينها فى شخصيات أصدقائكِ، وتلك العادات التي تتمنينَ أن يتخلصوا منها.

العطل والأجازات



إقرأي النص ثم أعيدي کتابتهُ بالعربيةِ.
Cath and Abigail are on holiday, so Khaled in Cairo speaks to Alice in London who has just returned from holiday. She's been on vacation in Florida.

Khaled and Alice talk about some holiday language. You can chill out at the beach, unwind with friends in a park. You can take a break from work or take it easy for a couple of days. Whatever you do-don't forget to relax!

It's spring break in Florida and students are chilling out at the beach and




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