[12] Podcast msa: the question behind the art


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podcast grammar themes: verb negation, direct objects

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لَمْ تَفْهَموها
you did not understand it

لا تَجْعَلْنا
it does not allow/permit us


غَيْرُ مُهِّمٍ
not important

لا نَتَذَكَرُهُ
we do not
remember it

you saw (plural)


لَن تَتَذَكَرَها
you will not remember it


لا نَرىَ
we do not see

لا تَنْسىَ
don't forget



لا نَفْهَمُ
we do not understand


عَلىَ حَسَبِ
it depends


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هَل ذَهَبْتـُمْ أبَداً إلىَ مُتْحَفٍ وَرَأيْتـُمْ شَيْئًا لَمْ تَفْهَموهُ مُطْلَقاً؟        [click]
  Did you ever go to a museum to see something you did not understand (it) at all?

رَأيْتـُمْ لَوْحَةً أو نَحْتاً وَوَقَفـْتـُمْ أمامَهُ لِساعاتٍ؟        [click]
  Did you see a painting or sculpture and stand in front of it by the hours?

هَلْ سَألـْتـُمْ أبَداً: ما هَذا! في ماذا كانَ الْفَنّانُ يُفَكِّرُ؟        [click]
  Did you ever ask: what is this! What was the artist thinking about?

في أغْلَبِ اَلْأحْيانِ اَلْفَنّانُ يَقولُ: لَيْسَ مُهِمًّا ما أُفَكِّرُ فيهِ اَلْمُهِمُّ اَلْذي تَراهُ أنْتَ         [click]
  A lot of time the artist says: It is not important what I am thinking what is important is what you see.

لَكِنْ غالِباً نَحْنُ لا نَرىَ أولا نَفْهَمُ الْفَنّانَ        [click]
  But usually we do not see or we do not understand the artist.
أحْياناً، اَلْفَنُّ لَيْسَ لَهُ أيَّ مَعْنىَ بِالْمَرَّةِ  إنَّما  يَكونُ بِهِ شَيْئاً لا يجْعَلُنا نَنْساهُ         [click]
  Sometimes the art does not have any meaning at all but there is something in it that  does not allow us to forget it.

وَ أحْياناً اَلْفَنُّ لَهُ مَعْنىَ إنَّما لا نـَتـَذَكـَرُهُ        [click]
  And sometimes art has a meaning but we do not remember it.

إنْ رَأيْتَ أُذُنـًا  مَصْنوعَةً مِن شَمْعٍ  أتـَتـَذ كَّرُها أمْ لا تـَتـَذَكـَّرُها؟         [click]
  If you saw an ear made of wax will you remember it or will you not remember it .

عَلىَ حَسَبِ...        [click]
  It depends...

إنْ كانَتْ هَذِهِ الْأُذُنُ لَها مَعْنىَ في حَياتِكَ فَمِنَ الْمُمْكِنِ أنَّك لَنْ تَنْساها        [click]
  If this ear has a meaning in your life maybe you will not forget it.
 Questions with answers   
هَلْ تَفْهَمُ عادَةً اَلْفَنَّ اَلْذي تَنْظُرُ إلَيْهِ؟        [click]

Q:  Do you usually understand the art you are looking at?

A:   No specific answers.

هَلِ الْفَنُّ دائِماً لَهُ مَعْنىَ؟        [click]

Q:  Does art always have meaning?

A:  No specific answers.

إنْ رَأيْتَ أُذُناً مَصْنوعَةً مِنْ شَمْعٍ، هَلْ تَسْطيعُ تَقْديرَها؟        [click]

Q:  If you saw an ear made of wax would you appreciate it ?

A:  No specific answers.

هَلْ تَتَذَكَّرُ عادَةً اَلْفَنَّ اَلْذي تَراهُ؟        [click]

Q:  Do you usually remember the art you see?

A:  No specific answers.

هَلِ الْفَنُّ مُهِمٌّ بِالنِّسْبَةِ لَكَ؟        [click]

Q:  Is art important to you?  

A:  No specific answers.



 This podcast is MSA/Classical Arabic. Now see the Egyptian colloquial/spoken version.


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