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الرجاء التشييك
By TI3GIB @ Sunday, February 25, 2007
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[Update: Sorry I can't seem to find the uploaded picture anywhere, it's described below]

For you who don't have the super x-ray vision I have (or just have a better camera) that written on the unfocused paper is a sign that says "الرجاء عدم الفتح, التشييك في مكتب الإستعلامات" which I took in a local hypermarket. What it translates to is unimportant, except that bolded word in red, which translates to ... wait, NOTHING.

What's meant by the word is 'check', but instead of translating it to the appropriate arabic word for it, these people decided they'd take the english word, apply arab grammar to it and call it a party. And ohh what a party this is. I'm starting to see those everywhere, mistranslations, spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes and all sorts of linguistic errors that go unnoticed.

You'd think twice about the word 'unnoticed' if you see how much of those you run into in real life. Muscati's Flickr account has quite an interesting group. Is there any sort of systematization in this sort of thing ?

Publications aren't merely excluded to reading material, but also extends to any sort of written communications in all sorts of applications. Logically, it would be a little stupid to ask that whatever directorate in the Ministry of Information is concerned with publication screening and reviewing to include all those notices, but there should be some sort of laws that concern the preservation of the language in signs.

Who's responsible ? You are ... For starters, you can stop talking to Indians like you're India. We are the only region in the world where WE are forced to learn the immigrants language (their remix of our language). Then maybe you'd want to read written material instead of watching music porno videos on Rotana. Even better, make time to listen and read the Quran. That way you learn the correct pronunciation, spelling, grammar and get Ajer in the process.

Maybe the Ministry of Education needs to take note of this situation and start making the Arabic Language Curriculum more relevant and interesting, I'm sure no one wants to know what happened to Ahmed Shawqi when he started writing in Ball point pen instead of his regulars.

This is depressing to talk about ...

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;By Blogger Amjad, at February 26, 2007 12:29 AM  
gSame thing when writing signs on roads .. I noticed it in different places.

For instance, when you come from Khuwair going to the ministries street, the sign there is written in arabic وزارات and in English it's written al-Wizarat .. not translated to Ministries ..

Like seriously, they couldn't translate وزارت to ministries?

Other signs also have same things .. I just remember this sign at the moment, because I pass by it every single morning.

Wanted to take a picture of the sign the other day and blog about it, but unfortunately my mobile phone wasn't with me.


;By Blogger Silent Waves, at February 27, 2007 4:51 PM  
g" you can stop talking to Indians like you're Indian"

:D, I was thinking of this the other day, quiet funny huh, bt what is our intention aslen is breaking it down to be simple for them to understand.
btw I do that too wid niece ,,,


;By Blogger Nella, at March 01, 2007 8:47 PM  
gtell me about it..

you're right about the signs, arabic curriculum and the indian remix!

i personally stopped remixing..coz i noticed i was talking to our maid in that way while mom was talking arabic (omani arabic) and the maid understood her perfectly..

we just make things a big deal < typical Nella =P

well said ^_^


;By Blogger NiGhTFaCe, at March 05, 2007 4:33 AM  
gI use that word when I speak Arabic. But, I can't ever think of writing it somewhere.


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