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Standard Arabic Vocabulary - Drinks

Hi Standard Arabic learners! 😊
In this lesson, we will learn Standard Arabic vocabulary related to drinks. Drinks are an essential part of Arabic culture, and there is a wide variety of hot and cold drinks. We will learn how to order drinks, their ingredients, and cultural aspects related to drinking.

Welcome to our lesson on Standard-arabic Vocabulary → Drinks! 🥤 In this lesson, we will explore various types of beverages and their names in Standard-arabic. This will not only help you expand your vocabulary but also make it easier for you to communicate when ordering drinks in an Arabic-speaking country. 🌍

After mastering this lesson, you might also be interested in exploring other related topics, such as Arabic vocabulary for mammals, how to ask for directions in Arabic, and Arabic cardinal numbers from 1 to 100. These lessons will further enhance your language skills and make your journey into the world of Standard-arabic even more enjoyable! 😊

So, let's dive into the refreshing world of drinks in Standard-arabic and quench our thirst for knowledge! 📚

Hot Drinks[edit | edit source]

Arabic Coffee[edit | edit source]

Arabic coffee, also known as Qahwah, is a traditional hot drink served in the Arabic region. The coffee is made with roasted coffee beans, green cardamom, and saffron. Arab Bedouins have a saying that goes, "One cup of coffee is a lifetime of memories."

Standard Arabic Pronunciation English
قهوة qahwah Coffee
  • Person 1: أريد فنجانًا من القهوة. (I want a cup of coffee)
  • Person 2: حلوة أو مرة؟ (Sweet or bitter?)

Mint Tea[edit | edit source]

Mint tea is a popular hot drink in the Arabic-speaking world, especially in Morocco. It is made with green tea and fresh mint leaves. It is usually served in a small glass with a high pour to create foam.

Standard Arabic Pronunciation English
شاي بالنعناع shayy bil na'nā Mint Tea
  • Person 1: ما هي الأنواع المختلفة من الشاي؟ (What are the different types of tea?)
  • Person 2: لدينا شاي أخضر وأسود وشاي بالنعناع. (We have green tea, black tea, and mint tea.)

Sahlab[edit | edit source]

Sahlab is a hot drink made from powdered sahlab plant roots mixed with warm milk and sugar. It is a popular drink in the Levant and Egypt and is typically served during winter.

Standard Arabic Pronunciation English
سحلب sahlb Sahlab
  • Person 1: هل لديكم سحلب؟ (Do you have Sahlab?)
  • Person 2: نعم، لدينا سحلب. (Yes, we have Sahlab.)

Cold Drinks[edit | edit source]

Lemonade[edit | edit source]

Lemonade in Arabic is called Qatarmizat. It is a refreshing cold drink made with fresh lemon juice, sugar, and water. In the Middle East, it is common to add mint leaves to the lemonade and serve it with ice cubes.

Standard Arabic Pronunciation English
ليمون بالماء limun bil ma' Lemonade
  • Person 1: أريد زجاجة من الليمون بالماء. (I want a bottle of lemonade.)
  • Person 2: مع النعناع والثلج؟ (With mint and ice?)

Laban[edit | edit source]

Laban is a popular yogurt-based drink in the Middle East. It is made by adding cold water to yogurt and whisking it until it is creamy. It is a refreshing drink that can be served with a pinch of salt and fresh mint leaves.

Standard Arabic Pronunciation English
لبن laban Laban
  • Person 1: هل لديكم لبن؟ (Do you have Laban?)
  • Person 2: نعم، لدينا لبن. (Yes, we have Laban.)

Tamarind Juice[edit | edit source]

Tamarind juice, also known as Tamr Hindee or Sharab al-Tamar Hindi, is a popular drink in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt. It has a tangy and sour taste and is made from tamarind pods, sugar, and water.

Standard Arabic Pronunciation English
شراب التمر الهندي sharab al-Tamr al-Hindī Tamarind Juice
  • Person 1: هل لديكم شراب التمر الهندي؟ (Do you have Tamarind juice?)
  • Person 2: نعم، لدينا شراب التمر الهندي. (Yes, we have Tamarind juice.)

Cultural Tips[edit | edit source]

In Arabic culture, drinks are a significant part of hospitality. When a guest visits an Arabic household, they are typically served coffee or tea as an expression of hospitality. It is considered impolite to refuse a cup of coffee or tea when offered. Drinking coffee or tea is also a sign of friendship and respect.

When drinking Arabic coffee, it is customary to hold the cup with the right hand and to take small sips rather than gulps. Refilling the cup means that you are enjoying the company and would like to stay longer.

In Morocco, serving tea is a sign of generosity and respect. When serving mint tea, it is customary to pour the tea from high above the glass, creating froth.

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