Syria Awareness Week – Jan 30 – Feb 3

So I don’t know if I’ve mentioned yet, but I’m part of the Syria Society at SOAS, and this coming week we are having our Syria Awareness Week! We have lots of events about many different aspects, and I’m presenting an event too!

Here’s our line-up:

Hopefully we’ll have a successful week!

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Arabic Vocab – Jan 25th

And the long vocab lists keep on coming. The first term feels like a cake-walk now!

ENGLISH ARABIC SINGULAR ARABIC PLURAL MASCULINE ARABIC PLURAL FEMININE
week

 أُسْبوع

أَسابيع

history

تاريخ

 تَواريخ

side

جانِب

جَوانِب

beside

إلى جانِب

civilization

حَضارة

suitcase

حَقيبة

 حَقائب

autumn

خَريف

winter

 شِتاء

spring

 رَبيع

summer

 صَيْف

specialization

تَخَصُّص

state (as in ‘a country’)

دَوْلة

 دُوَل

religion

 دين

أَدْيان

education

تَرْبية

economics

الإقْتِصاد

social sciences

العُلوم الاحتماعِيّة

law (the discipline)

الحُقوق

cheap, reasonably priced

رَخيص

agriculture

 زِراعة

person

شَخْص

أَشْخاص

north

شَمال

source (for information)

مَصْدَر

مَصادِر

science, studies

 عِلْم

عُلوم

information

 مَعْلومات

institute

 مَعْهَد

 مَعاهِد

branch

 فَرْع

 فُروع

village

 قَرْية

قُرى

Verbs

ENGLISH ARABIC VERB: PAST TENSE ARABIC VERB: PRESENT TENSE
to gather something/to collect something

جَمَعَ

يَجْمَعُ

to carry

حَمَلَ

يَحْمِلُ

to fall

 سَقَطَ

 يَسْقُطُ

to leave (a place)

 غادَرَ

 يُغادِرُ

to wear

لَبِسَ

يَلْبَسُ

Til next week!

Film Screening – A Syrian Love Story

Another week, another film screening. Don’t worry, I go to my classes too!

This time the SOAS Syria Society screened A Syrian Love Story, which follows a couple who met and fell in love in prison and then married and started a family upon their release. But as they continue to pursue their political activism against the Assad regime, one becomes a political prisoner, leaving her husband to care for their young children. And once she’s released, intense pressure on all political activists force the family to flee. But political exile takes it toll on their mental health, and although they have found safety in France, their relationship begins to crumble.

This documentary was hard to watch – if this was a fictional movie, you’d feel secure knowing that at the end of the film, love triumphs over all, and any relationship struggles are just simply resolved. But that isn’t real life – and this documentary shows just how much difficult situations change people, and take their toll.

That being said, it is an important film to watch – the more we know about the lives of every day Syrians, the more we can put faces and stories to the statistics that we read. We need to bring this back down to the realities of people, because we can connect with people more than we can connect with numbers.

Arabic Vocab – Jan 18th

Second week of term 2, and it’s another long vocab list!

ENGLISH ARABIC SINGULAR ARABIC PLURAL MASCULINE ARABIC PLURAL FEMININE
party (as in ‘political party’)

 حِزب

 أَحزاب

newspaper

جَريدة

جَرائد

project

مَشْروع

 مَشاريع

effort

جَهْد

جُهود

right (noun)

حَقّ

حُقوق

occasion

مُناسَبة

literature

 أَدَب

آداب

defense

دِفاع

factory

مَصنَع

مصانِع

field, area

مَجال

مَجالات

negotiations, talks

مُحادَتات

department

قِسْم

 أَقْسام

visit

زِيارة

word/speech

كَلِمَة

minister

وَزير

وُزَراء

ministry

 وِزارة

education/teaching

تَعْليم

ceremony/celebration

إحْتِفال

 إحتِفالات

worker

 عامِل

عُمّال

economy

إِقْتِصاد

cultural

ثَقافّي

famous

مَشهور

مَشاهير

the Middle East

الشَّرْق الاوْسَط

Verbs

ENGLISH ARABIC VERB: PAST TENSE ARABIC VERB: PRESENT TENSE
to obtain

 حَصَلَ على

 يَحْصَلُ

to explain

شَرَحَ

 يَشْرَحُ

to hope / wish to (literally ‘to desire’)

 رَغِبَ في

يَرْغَبُ

to search for, to look for

بَحَثَ عَن

يَبْحَثُ

to meet with

قابَلَ

Til next week!

Film Screening – After Spring

It’s January, and back to uni time!

I went to another film screening last night to watch After Spring – this is the film that Jon Stewart produced, and it follows a couple of Syrian refugee families in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. A major figure in the documentary is also Kilian Kleinschmidt, who is the director of Zaatari – a very inspiring man, trying to keep the camp running as effectively as possible.

I’ve been really fascinated by how Zaatari was set up and how it grew so quickly, so this documentary was very interesting in showing how people are trying to make as much of a life as they can in the circumstances they’re in.

I’m thinking of writing my MA dissertation on refugee camps, like Zaatari, and how they struggle with trying to be a temporary shelter, so that they can be packed up and closed when the crisis is over, and how they actually have to become more entrenched and provide more services, since the crisis is becoming more and more protracted. What do you think?

Arabic Vocab – Jan 11th

I had a lovely winter break – went to Yorkshire for Christmas, and then I spent New Year’s in Edinburgh for Hogmany, which was such a great time! (Also went up through the Highlands to Loch Ness and went to a whisky distillery too…Scotland is an amazing place to visit!)

But we’re back at uni, and here’s our first vocab list of the second term….it’s quite a long one too, the pressure is definitely on.

ENGLISH ARABIC SINGULAR ARABIC PLURAL MASCULINE ARABIC PLURAL FEMININE
orange (the fruit)

بُرْتُقالة

بُرْتُقال

grocer

بَقّال

sweet

حَلوى

حَلوَيات

water

ماء

مياه

apartment

شِقَّة

شِقَق

cafe

مَقْهى

meat

لَحم

لُحوم

colour

لَون

أَلوان

life

حياة

question

سُؤال

أَسْئِلة

year

سَنَة

سِنونً

سَنَوات

before

قَبْلَ

after

بَعْدَ

kind

لَطيف

لُطَفاء

ordinary

عاديّ

close to

قَريب مِن

hot (‘spicy’ and ‘very warm’)

حارّ

black

أَسْوَد

red

أَحْمَر

white

أَبْيَض

green

أَخْضَر

Verbs

ENGLISH ARABIC VERB: PAST TENSE ARABIC VERB: PRESENT TENSE
to return / go back

رَجِعَ

يَرْجِعُ

to ask (as in ‘to request’)

سَأَلَ

يَسْأَلُ

to know / to find out

عَلِمَ

يَعْلَمُ

to sit (down)

جَلَسَ

يَجْلِسُ

to enter

دَخَلَ

يَدْخُلُ

to take

أَخَذَ

يَأْخُذُ

to read

قَرَأَ

يَقْرَأُ

to live (as in ‘to inhabit’)

سَكَنَ

يَسْكُنُ

Phew! That was a long one…..I’m expecting another big one next week too. Actually, I imagine they will be quite long for the rest of the term.

Til next week!