A quest for stationery begins….
“Mum! I need some new pencils, and a pencil sharpener for school! Baba (Dad) did not buy any!”
Me: “We will get some tomorrow!”
I stopped mid stride – I could buy pencils✏🖍🖌🖊(قلم – qalam) no problem… but we are in the Middle East…. No one knows what a “pencil sharpener” is!
What do you call a pencil sharpener in Arabic? Do you know?
The dictionary only wanted to tell me what a pencil is called. We knew that already. Oh dear! *sigh*
Even my husband looked at me blankly, when he returned from work, when
I said “What is a pencil sharpener called in Arabic?”
Response “What do you need that for?”
Me: “School next week!”
Response “I will get some. Is three enough?”
….and then he was gone to play with the kids…. and I still did not know what a “Pencil Sharpener” was called…
- or a ruler📏
- calendar 📇
- stationery names…. that’s it! ☺
My initial online search for “ruler” brought up “king, emporer”… Google Translate was not in a confidence boosting mood either… 🤔
Then… just when I was ready to concede defeat…. I am so excited to say! I found these sheets! I just had to share this with everyone!! After much searching I finally found, at ArabicWorksheets’s page on Pinterest, an ArabicWorksheet:
Word Search (with flashcards to cut out) on school / stationery supplies in Arabic!
Very timely! We also discovered some extra academic language we urgently needed to know too… but for now the correct names for the school/office supplies (أدوات مكتبية) we needed to buy.
The list of words/flashcards:
We printed 3 copies. One each. First we did our word searches.
Then we cut out two card sets, so we could laminate the cards to use for a “Learn the Stationery Word” “Fish” card game.
First we needed to work out the words and their pronunciation.
Pencil Sharpener – mubra – مِبْراة
Paperclip – mushbik – مِشْبَك
Ruler – mustara – مِسْطَرَة
Eraser – mumha – مِمْحاة
Pencil – qalam rasasun – قَلَم رَصاص
Envelope – Dharf – ظَرْف
Pen – qalam habar – قَلَم حِبْر ( This is an old ink pen so we changed it to قَلَم جاف – qalam jafun)
File – milafun – مِلَف
Calendar – taqwimun – تَقويم
Let’s Learn “Arabic School Stationery Fish”…. 🐟🐠🐡
Goodness gracious! Not the swimming kind! The card kind!!! 🙄
Obviously I am going to need tea for this! ⛾
We mixed up our cards, each person got 4 to start, the rest went into the middle to the “fish” pile.
Then we checked our cards and the person going first asks:
** Do you have “mubra” (مبراة)?
– follow by the other person’s blank expression (usually mine) they said “Pencil sharpener”
** yes – the other person hands over the card. The person records a pair and takes another turn.
** No! Go Fish! – the person asking for a card picks up a card from the centre to try and make a pair, the next person takes a turn.
Now… to learn the words for this game properly.
How do you say “Go Fish!” In Arabic?