Al Jazeera News with Transcript

This is a short clip of the summary of the news on 9/20/2009 read by Iman Ayyad إيمان عياد. The transcript will help with recognizing words when you hear them. I remember when I was first learning Arabic one of my biggest problems was that I had trouble telling where one word ended and another began. It was especially a problem when they were putting the fatha, kasra, and damma at the end of all the words like they do on Al Jazeera. What really helped me was having transcripts of audio and video clips that I could used to parse out where the individual words were. The vocab list at the end are words that I thought might be new or difficult.

أهلاً بكم, أعلن البيت الأبيض أن الرئيس الأمريكي باراك اوباما سيلتقلي الرئيس
الفلسطيني محمود عباس و رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي بنيامين نتانياهو بعد غداً الثلاثاء. و أوضحت الرئاسة الأمريكية أن هذه القمة الثلاثية ستسبقها لقاءات ثنائية على هامش إجتماعات الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة في نيويورك.

Hello and welcome. The White House announced that the American president, Barack Obama, will meet the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu the day after tomorrow, Tuesday. The American presidency clarified that this tri-party summit will be preceded by bi-party meetings on the margin of meetings of the UN general assembly in New York.

و كان رئيس الحكومة الفلسطينية المقالة إسماعيل هنية قال إن مقترحات الإدارة الأمريكية الجديدة لا تختلف في جوهرها عن مقترحات الإدارات الأمريكية السابقة, مأكداً انه لا أحد مخول بتوقيع أي إتفاقاً نيابتاً عن الشعب الفلسطيني.

And the displaced president of the Palestinian government, Ismail Haniyeh, said that the proposals of the new American administration and no different at their core from the proposals of the last American administration, stressing that no one is authorized to sign an agreement in place of the Palestinian people.

قالت مصادر محلية في محافظة صعدة شمال اليمن إن عشرات الأشخاص سقطوا بين قتيلاً و جريح في مواجهات بين قوات الجيش و
مسلحين من جماعات الحوثي

Local sources in the district of Sa'dah in northern Yemen said that 10's of people fell among the dead and injured in confrontations between the army forces and gunmen from the Houthi squads.يحتفل أكثر من مليار مسلم في مختلف انحاء العالم اليوم بأول ايام عيد الفطر المبارك. يذكر ان معظم الدول العربية اعلنت ان اليوم الأحد هو أول ايام العيد بعد ما ثبتت فيها رؤية هلال شهر شوال.

More than 1 billion Muslims in various parts of the world celebrate today the first days of Eid Al-Fitr Al-Mubarak. It's worth mentioning that most of the Arabic countries announced that Sunday is the first day of the feast after it was proved that the crescent (moon) of Shawwal was seen.

تواعد زعيم الحزب الإسلامي في الصومال شيخ حسن طاهر اويس بمزيد من العمليات التفجيرية ضد قوات الإتحاد الافريقي اذا لم تنسحب من بلاده.

The leader of the Islamic party in Somalia, Sheik Hassan Tahir Uways, promised more explosion operations against the forces of the African Union if they don't withdraw from his country.

قال الرئيس الافغاني حامد كرزاي انه سيطلق في حال اعلان فوزه رسمياً بإنتخابات الرئاسة محادثات سلام مع قادة حركة طالبان.

The Afghan president Hamid Karzai said, in the case of his winning the presidential elections, that he will launch peace talks with the leaders of the Taliban movement.

إلى اللقاء

Until next time.


  • أوضح - to make clear, clarify (it's measure IV)
  • مقالة - dismissed (Ismail Haniyeh was the previous Palestinian president)
  • مقترحة - proposal, suggestion
  • جوهر - essence, content, can also mean "jewel"
  • إدارة - administration
  • نيابتاً عن - in place of, representing (نائب is a representative)
  • مخول - authorized
  • رؤية - vision, sighting
  • هلال - crescent (الهلال الأحمر is the Red Crescent, the Middle East equivalent of the Red Cross)
  • قادة - leaders (usually words ending in ة are singular. This is a rare exception. قائد is the singular.)


Noora said...

ممتاز انت تتعلم بسرعه
تلميذ مجتهد
Translated without reference to any translator or googletranslator

Noora said...

تعليم قواعد اللغة العربية الحديث 2007
كلمة المرور : ahmaadd2009

بعض الروابط اتمنى ان تستفيد منها
مع انك متقدم في اللغه

HouariB said...


Ismael Haniyeh was not president but prime minister.

The complete name of the red cross (in every langage is International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

kenzou said...

On the first paragraph, is it سيلتقلي or سيلتقي ?

Good work anyway! keep it up! =)

The Arabic Student said...

Yeah, it's supposed to be سيلتقي .

Zacheriya said...


What is the best way for a student (living in the west) to get to the stage where they can pretty much understand anything in Al-Jazeera Childrens' Channel and eventually Al-Jazeera Arabic?

I am doing at the moment and also for classical arabic (both beginner level at present) but would like to understand MSA Arabic on TV too.

Is it simply building up vocabulary? Is there a particular course/books that you would recommend to eventually be able to understand Al-Jazeera?

Thank you for any advice.

Anonymous said...

Hey! Thanks a lot for this. Its really helpful! For any other students of arabic out there i also found this page that contains a lot of stuff like this:
Could someone please recommend a grammarbook for levantine arabic, i am thinking of studying in palestine in 2013 and theres a lot of material out there. Thanks again Andrew, and please do more of these!

Warm regards from Sweden!