Personal Practice

Listening - Dialogue B

Listen to the dialogue and then answer the questions below. Remember that this is language practice, not a test. You should not be overly concerned about a wrong answer. These activities are designed with feedback to re-direct you in the event of an incorrect answer. Consider the feedback and then listen to the dialogue again. By returning to the dialogue, you will better internalize the language elements you missed previously and be less likely to miss them again.

Do not print this or any other dialogue until after you have listened to it and attempted to answer all of the questions based on it.

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  1. What are the exact words of the greeting the first speaker uses to greet Sami?
    Feedback Image'ahlan wa sahlan yaa rashiid  أهلا وسهلا يا رشيد
    Feedback Image'ahlan ya rashiid  أهلا يا رشيد
    Feedback ImageSabaaH il-kheer  صباح الخير
  2. This greeting is different than the more traditional greeting you learned previously. What would be a likely translation for this altered greeting?
    Feedback ImageHi, Rashid
    Feedback ImageGoodbye, Rashid
    Feedback ImageGood afternood, Rashid
    Feedback ImageGood day, Rashid
  3. Does the female speaker know how to say the Arabic equivalent of goodbye?
    Feedback ImageNo
    Feedback ImageYes


  1. The speaker does say portions of 'ahlan wasahlan yaa rashiid أهلا وسهلا يا رشيد but not all of it. The speaker does not say SabaaH il-kheer صباح الخير.
  2. 'ahlan أهلا is not similar to the goodbye phrases that you know; plus it is unlikely that the speaker's first words to Sami include "goodbye." Nor is 'ahlan أهلا similar to other "good" phrases you know, such as SabaaH il-kheer and masaa' il-kheer. To find the correct answer, think of a greeting you know that uses the word 'ahlan أهلا in it. Choose the translation closest to that greeting's meaning.
  3. At first, she does not know how to say it. She asks, "kayf naquul (goodbye)?":
    كيف نقول؟

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