Arabic Travel Show: Aishha Marra عيشها مرة

Aishha Marra (Live It Once) عيشها مرة is a new travel show on MBC hosted by an Irishman named Sean Redmond. As far as westerners speaking Arabic goes he is the best I've seen. His accent is just like a native and if you saw him dressed in Arab clothes you'd think he WAS an Arab. It's just so rare to see anyone who isn't an Arab, especially someone from the west, speaking Arabic. I was in Jordan one time at a conference and there was a man from China or Taiwan (I don't remember) who was speaking Arabic. He didn't speak it without accent, but it was really good. As soon as he started speaking you could hear the whole room gasp. I mean how often do you see someone from China speaking Arabic? Everyone applauded loudly after he was done.

Sean Redmond studied Arabic when he was in college and then moved around the Arab world teaching Arabic and English. This clip is in MSA as is most of the show, but he throws in some Saudi dialect and accent from time to time. The entire clip can be found here. If you want to see him switching between English and Arabic on a cooking show he hosts called Traditional Meals with Sean Redmond go here. I had never heard him speaking English before seeing that.

حياكم الله. أنا شون ردموند و اهلا و سهلا فيكم في برنامج عيشها مرة, البرنامج إللي رح يأخذكم في جولة حول العالم و أنتم جالسين ببيوتكم (Hayaakum allah. Ana Shawn Redmond wa ahla wa sahla feekum fee burnaamaj aishha marra, al burnaamaj illi rah yakhudhkum fee jawla hawl al aalam wa entum jaaliseen ib byootkum.)

God bless you. I am Shawn Redmond and hello and welcome to Aishha Marra (Live It Once), the program that will take you on a trip around the world while you are sitting in your homes.

اليوم عيشها مرة بإسطنبول إللي كانت لمدة ألف و سبعمئة سنة عاصمة لروما و بيزنطة و الدولة العثمانية. و الآن بعام ألفين و عشرة عاصمة اوروبا الثقافية (Al youm aishha marra bistanbul illi kaanat li muddat alf wa seba miat sena aasima li roma wa bizanta wa al dawla al uthmania wa al aan bi aam alfayn wa ashara aasimat awrooba al thaqafiyya.

Today Aishha Marra (Live It Once) is in Istanbul which was, for the duration of 1,700 years, the capital of Rome, Byzantium, and the Ottoman empire, and now in the year 2010 the cultural capital of Europe.

تعتبر إسطنبول المدينة الكبيرة الوحيدة الواقعة بين القارتين آسيا و اوروبا. صحيح ان انقرة هي العاصمة التركية إلا أن إسطنبول بقيت أهم مركز لالسياحة و الثقافة و التجارة و الصناعة في الصيف و الشتاء. و زيارتي لإسطنبول صادفت أنها في عز الشتاء (Tu'tabar istanbul al madeena al kabeera al waheeda al waqi'a beyn al qaaratayn aasia wa awrooba. Saheeh anna ankara hiya al aasima turkiya illa anna istanbul baqiyat ahem markaz lil siyaaha wa al thaqaafa wa al tijaara wa al sinaa'a fee al seyf wa al shitaa'. Wa ziyaarati li istanbul saadafat annaha fee 'iz al shitaa'. )

Istanbul is considered the only big city located between the 2 continents Asia and Europe. It's true that Ankara is the Turkish capital, however Istanbul has remained the most important center for tourism, culture, trade, and manufacturing in the summer and winter. And my visit to Istanbul happened to be in the dead of winter.

في حلقتنا قصر السلطان من ألف ليلة و ليلة. الغراند بازار, أكثر من أربعة آلاف محل فقط. سجادة حصلت على جائزة الاوسكر للسجاد. الطبخ التقليدي التركي خرب للدايت (Fi halqatna qasr al sultaan min alf leyla wa leyla. Al grand bazaar akthar min arba't aalaaf mahal fuqut. Sijaada hasalat 'ala jaa'izat al oscar lil sijjad. Al tabkh al taqleedi al turky kharrab lil diet.)

In our (this) episode, the Sultan's palace from 1001 Nights. The Grand Bazar, more than 4,000 stores only. A rug that got the Oscar prize for rugs. Traditional Turkish cooking destroys the diet.

Vocab List:
  1. و انتم جالسين ببيوتكم - Literally this says "and you are sitting in your homes", but this is how you express "while (when) you are sitting in your homes" as well. So the first sentence of the clip is best translated as "the program that takes you on a trip around the world WHILE you are sitting in your homes." not "AND you are sitting in your homes" like it literally says. You will hear people say كنت أنا و صغير. It doesn't mean "I was me and little". It means "when I was small" or "when I was a kid". It isn't as common to say لما كنت صغيراً , literally "when I was small".
  2. إللي - the dialect word for "which". It replaces الذي and التي and all the other words like that. It's MUCH easier to use since you don't have to think about which gender or conjugation is correct.
  3. صادف - to happen by chance. You can also say شفتها بصدفة (shifta bi sudfa) "I saw her by chance (coincidence)."
  4. خرب - to destroy


Quran said...

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مريم said...

هذا الموقع عظيم لطلاب اللغة العربية--شكرا!

الان يقرأ كل صفنا

Unknown said...

I have learned several things already from your blogs. I understand the busy schedule of your profession, but can I request of you a detailed explanation of the measure chart (I'm talking damn near barney style), and where I can download the shamshoons? I've tried the Divx for arab and no one is seeding. As for the measure chart MEII teachers aren't too keen on it, and my entire class isn't giving it any attention. From the people I have talked to that have been through the course, it is a key component of success. Almost to the end of sem 2 and I have just started using it seriously and have noticed a huge improvement, but there are gaps for me. Mainly, the explanations between the reflexive measure.

Ev630 said...

I'm a big fan of Sean Redmond, but to say Istanbul is the cultural capital of Europe is, uh, narrow. Certainly a comment aimed at the local viewer here rather than based on fact.

Anyway, there is a terrific interview with Sean on the Edaat show. Go to Youtube and check it out:

Redmond - or Yahya - talks extensively and amusingly about his journey learning Arabic and does some great impressions of Saudi dialects.

A lot of my Arab friends say they can hear NO accent but I can hear that Irish lilt. Still, he is practically a native, so I have a long way to go to get there...

Love your blog and next time you come to Amman let me know.

Unknown said...

In the third Arabic paragraph للسياحة is misspelled as لالسياحة.
Great website by the way.
Fun fact: إسطنبول used to be known as القسطنطينية.