Monday, August 1, 2011

Done with Arabic 101!

I spent so much time preparing for this exam and the question paper turned out to be a shocker!

Here's the question:

Compose a story consisting of 15 sentences that meets the following requirements.
(1) The story must contain at least 5 verb sentences
(2) The story must contain at least 3 follower constructions
(3) The story must contain at least 3 association constructions
(3) The story must contain at least 3 j-constructions
(4) The story must contain at least one dual noun
(5) The story must contain at least 3 pronouns (either attached or separate)
Perform a formal sentence breakdown (i.e., word-level analysis, construction-level analysis, and sentence-level analysis) of each sentence.

So I thought and I thunk and I finally came up with this story. There were many constraints: my Arabic vocabulary, time (complicated sentences implies a complicated sentence breakdown) and my half-asleep brain. So, yes, by Arabic standards, I might as well be 5 years old!

Ali is the merchant's son
-- عَلِيٌّ وَلَدُ الْتّاجِرِ
S1
He is small and generous
-- هُوَ صَغِيرٌ و كَريمٌ
S2
Ali went to the school in the car
-- ذَهَبَ عَلِيٌ المَدْرَسَةَ في الْسَّيّارَةِ
S3
He played with his two companions
-- لَعِبَ بِالْصّاحِبَاهُ
S4
They (dual) are Khalid and Waleed
-- هُما خالِدٌ و وَليدٌ
S5
Then they went to Ali's house
-- ثُمَّ ذَهَبُوا بَيْتَ عَلِيٍّ
S6
Ali's house is big and beautiful
-- بَيْتُ عَلِيٍّ كَبيرٌ و جَميلٌ
S7
A man entered the house in the night
-- دَخَلَ رَجُلٌ الْبَيْتَ في الْلَيْلِ
S8
He spilt the milk and made a noise
-- سَفَكَ الْحَليبَ و جَعَلَ صَوْتً
S9 & S10
Ali's father entered the room
--  دَخَلَ أبُو عَلِيٍّ الْغُرْفَةَ
S11
He hit the man
-- ضَرَبَ الْرَّجُلَ
S12
Khalid and Waleed and Ali helped him
-- نَصَرَهُ خالِدٌ و وَليدٌ و عَلِيٌّ
S13
Ali's father thanked them
-- شَكَرَهُمْ أبو علِيٍّ
S14
The boys became happy
-- فَرِحَ الْاولادٌ
S15


Now to pray that I've made only a few errors... insha'allah!

1 comment:

D said...

Wow ,MashAllah !
Kitna accha frame karre every sentence !!
And can I see the other part of the test where you do the sentence breakdown ?