Conversational Arabic- Buying and Selling- sister Islam- 12th January, 2014

Buying and selling
  تَدُلَّني   / tadullani  / recommend        Verb
"هَلْ تَسْتَطيعْ   ….
 "hal tastati'    Can you ….. ?           
In this lesson, we are going to learn a conversation that you may use when you buy from boutiques. If you want to ask someone about a good boutique, you may say,
"هَلْ تَسْتَطيعْ أَنْ تَدُلَّني عَلى مَحَلّ مَلابِس جَيِّدْ؟"
"hal tas.ta.ti' an ta.dul.lani a'la mahal ma.la.bis jay.yid?"
"Can you recommend a good boutique to me?"
Once you are in the boutique, the seller may ask you,
"هَلْ تَحتاجينَ إلى مُساعَدَة؟"
  "hal tah.ta.jee.na  ila mu.sa'a.dah?"
"Is someone helping you?"
In colloquial language, the seller asks you,
"بِدِكْ مُساعَدِة؟"
 "bid.dik mu.sa'a.deh?"
"Is someone helping you?"
You may answer,
"شُكرَاً, أَنا أَتَفَرّجْ فَقَطْ."
 "shuk.ran, ana ata.far.raj fakat."
"Thanks, I'm just browsing."
In colloquial language, you may say,
"شُكْرَاً, أَنا بَتْفَرَّجْ بَسْ."                           
"shuk.ran, ana bat.far.raj bas."
 "Thanks, I'm just browsing."
"I would like…"
In colloquial language, you may say,
"I would like…"
"هَلْ عِنْدَكُم...؟"
 "hal i'n.da.kom…?"
 "Do you have..?"
For example,
"هل عِندَكُم بِجامات؟"
"hal in.da.kom be.ja.mat?"
 "Do you have pajamas?"
In colloquial language, you may ask,
"في عِنْدْكُم...؟"
 "fi indkom…?"
 "Do you have…?"
"أَرِني... مِنْ فَضْلِكَ"
 "a.ri.ni …min fad.li.ka"
 "Please show me…"
For example,
"أَرِني بِنْطالاً مِن فَضْلِكَ "
"a.ri.ni bin.ta.lan min fad.li.ka "
 "Please show me a pair of trousers."
In colloquial language you may say,
" show me…"
For example,
"فَرْجيني جاكيت"
 "farjini jaket"
" show me a jacket"
"هَلْ يُمْكِنْ أَنْ تُرِيَني شَيْئاً آخَر مِنْ فَضْلِكْ؟"
 "hal yumkin an turiani shay'an akhar min fadlika?"
"Could you please show me something else?"
"هَذا يُعْجِبُني, سَآخُذُهُ"
 "ha.tha yu'.ji.bu.ni, sa'a.khu.thu.hu"
"I like this, I will take it."
"كَمْ سِعْرُهُ؟"
 "kam se'.ru.hu?"
 "How much does this cost?"
"هَلْ مِنَ المُمْكِنْ أَنْ أُجَرّبَهُ؟"
"hal mi.nal mum.kin an u.jar.ri.ba.hu?"
"May I try it?"
"ما هُوَ مَقاسُكِ؟"
"ma hua ma.ka.su.ke?"
"What is your size?"
If the piece of clothing or the pair of shoes is too narrow or too wide, you may say,
"هَذا ضَيّقْ / واسِع كَثيرَاً عَلَيّ."
 "ha.tha day.yiq/wa.se' ka.thee.ran a'lai"
 "This is too narrow/wide for me."
You may say,
"هَذا طَويلْ / قَصيرْ كَثيرَاً عَلَيّ."
 "ha.tha taw.eel / ka.seer ka.thee.ran a'lai"
 "This is too long/short for me."
You may say,
"هَذا صَغير/كَبير كَثيرَاً عَلَيّ."
 "ha.tha saghir/kabeer katheeran a'lai"
"This is too small / big for me."
If you find the piece of clothing or the pair of shoes suitable for you, you may say,
"هَذا مُناسِبْ, سَآخُذُهُ."
 "ha.tha mu.na.seb, sa'.akho.thu.hu."
"This fits, I will take it."
If the seller shows you something you do not like it, you may say,
"هَذا لَيْسَ تَماما ما أُريدْ"
 "ha.tha lay.sa ta.ma.man ma u.rid"
 "This is not exactly what I want."
If you want to buy something, you may say,
"I would like…"
For example,
"أُريدُ زَوْجْ أَحْذِيَة."
 "u.ri.du zawj ah.the.ya"
 "I would like a pair of shoes."
"قِياسُ أَحْذِيَتي..."
 "ke.ya.su ah.the.yati…"
 "My shoe size is…"
In colloquial language you may say,
"نُمْرِة رِجْلي..."
"num.ret rej.li…"
"My shoe size is…"
For example,
"نُمْرِة رِجْلي 37"
 "numret rejli 37"
 "My shoe size is 37"
If the pair of shoes is too narrow for you, you may say,
"الحذاءُ يَضْغَطُ عَلى رِجْلَيّ"
"al.hi.thau yad.gha.tu a'la rej.lai"
 "The pair of shoes is squeezing my feet."

Islam Walid Mohammad Hejji

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