Stuff Moms Need to Say Part 1: Love and Affection

A few weeks back, I asked for suggestions for phrases that moms would like to be able to say in Arabic. Alhamdulillah, I got a lot of great suggestions. Since there were so many, I decided to group them into different themes.

This week, we’re going over phrases for sharing and encouraging love and affection in the home.

If you’re following @fushahouse on Instagram, you’re already caught up on all of these phrases. If not, then great because this whole post will be new to you.

I’ll also be sharing some extra grammar tips here and some ways to add to your vocabulary as time goes on.

أُحِبُّك I love you.

Listen and say: U-hi-buk

This first phrase is pretty straight forward. If you remember all the way back to the first lesson, you learned how to use ك to mean “you” when we asked “How are you?” Now we can use the same word and add it to a verb to make “I love you.”

If you still need help with your pronouns, be sure to download the grammar practice worksheet for Lesson 1.

You can use the same words to tell all of your kids that you love them whether they are male or female. I’ll be sharing a new worksheet soon with with more pronouns so you can get even more practice.

In Lesson 5, we learned how to use basic verbs to say “I am…” “You are…” and “We are…” Be sure to head over there and grab the printables from that lesson if you’re still having some trouble with using verbs.

You can use the same rules to say “We all love you.” Just change the أ to a ن just like we did in Lesson 5.

It can take some time to get used to using verbs correctly in Arabic. Take time and let the different verb forms sink in.

In the next lesson, we’ll go over plural verbs as we add more phrases.

ْلَا تُقَاتِل Don’t fight!

Listen and say: Laa Tu-qaa-til

Keep in mind that this phrase is literally only telling one child to stop fighting. We’ll look at how to get all the kids to stop in the next post.

This is our first prohibition, so let’s look a little bit at how we make them. We’ll need our verb forms from Lesson 5 again.

Forming Prohibitions (Don’t…)

To say you are fighting, we say:

ُتُقَاتِل You are fighting. (m)

Tu-qaa-ti-lu

Notice the last letter here has a ُ which makes the “u” sound. To command someone not to do something, all we have to add sukoon at the end of the word and add لا:

ْلَا تُقَاتِل Don’t fight. (m)

Laa Tu-qaa-til

That’s it! Fortunately for us moms, telling someone NOT to do something in Arabic is actually a lot easier than telling them to do it.

Prohibitions for Females

For females, you would say:

تُقَاتِلِينَ You are fighting. (f)

Tu-qaa-ti-lee-na

To tell your daughter not to fight, we just take off the ن and add لا

لا تُقَاتِلِي Don’t fight. (f)

Laa Tu-qaa-ti-lee

The sister from Arabic Seeds pointed out on Instagram that the verb that I have used here is a bit strong for the fighting between children. I think this is a useful verb because it comes in the Quran a lot and also because it’s related to a few other words that appear regularly in the Quran.

If you’re more advanced, it is a really good idea to expand your vocabulary and add in synonyms to make your speech more accurate.

The sister recommended using the following verb, which means something closer to “you are scuffling.”

ُتَتَشَاجَر

It’s kind of hard for me to define since I don’t really know a common English word for a little fight.

Regardless, scroll up to see the rule for making the command form and try to tell your kids not to scuffle!

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