If you’re planning to visit the Middle East for work or pleasure, of course it’ll be helpful to know a little Arabic about the calendar. For instance, let’s say you’re planning a business meeting in Dubai. Certainly, it would be good to know that Fridays (aljumea) and Saturdays (alsabt) are considered the weekend in most Arabic-speaking countries? For another example, it’s likely that your passport will be stamped at your port of entry calendar (in most cases, an airport) in Arabic. As a result, knowing the calendar and the date that your visa expires will keep you out of a lot of trouble and save you from having to pay overstay fines.
Furthermore, what if you get an invite from an Arab friend to his wedding, but you can’t understand the calendar because it’s written in Arabic? As a result, you may miss his wedding, so this is where knowing Arabic for years, months, and days will come in handy. Thus, this unit will help you learn the calendar in Arabic in two easy to manage lessons.
Additionally, this topic will also cover Islamic prayer times which are crucial to learn as well. For instance, the business calendar at many offices revolves around prayer times, and you might find yourself waiting for quite a while for your business meeting to start at 1:00 p.m. when prayer time is 1:07 p.m. As a result, knowing the prayer times can help you avoid this awkward situation.
Finally, in this topic, you’ll also learn Arabic demonstrative pronouns which is just the fancy way of saying that you’ll learn the pronouns this, that, these, and those. In the end, you’ll have a review of what you’ve learned so far and a quiz to see how much you’ve retained.
How many?/ How much?
How many days?