Arabic – Popular Hobbies İn Arabic – Arabic Beginner Lesson 66 Learn Arabic Free Online


Arabic – Popular Hobbies İn Arabic – Arabic Beginner Lesson 66 Learn Arabic Free Online
Besides riyaaDa and moosiiqaa, you may enjoy a number of other types of
hobbies. Do you consider qiraa’a (kee-rah-ah; reading) a hiwaaya (hee-wahyah;
hobby)? Perhaps you’re creative and like rasm (rah-sem; drawing) or
fakhaar (fah-kar; pottery)?
Some other popular hobbies include:
 waraq al-la’ib (wah-rak ah-lah-eeb; cards)
 raqS (rah-kes; dancing)
 shaTranj (sha-teh-rah-nej; chess)
 Hiyaaka (hee-yah-kah; knitting)
 shi’r (shee-ar; poetry)
When you want to discuss hobbies and personal activities, use the verb
la’aba (for conjugations, check out “Sporting an Athletic Side” earlier in this
chapter). For example, you say la’abtu kurat al-qadam (lah-ab-too koo-rat alkah-
dam; I played soccer) or la’aba al-kamanja (lah-ah-bah al-kah-mah-nehjah;
He played the violin). Here are some other example sentences that pair
activities with the verb la’aba:
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 la’abat shaTranj. (lah-ah-bat sha-teh-rah-nej; She played chess.)
 la’abnaa kurat as-salla. (lah-ab-nah koo-rat ah-sah-lah; We played
 la’abaa waraq al-la’ib. (lah-ah-bah wah-rak ah-lah-eeb; They played
cards.) (dual/MP/FP)
However, there are times when you’re going to use the verb fa’ala. Generally
speaking, the verb fa’ala is used to discuss activities that are more workrelated
than hobbies. For instance, you say fa’altu al-waajib (fah-al-too alwah-
jeeb; I did the homework). As a rule, use the verb la’aba when you’re
discussing hobbies such as sports and playing musical instruments.