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Posted: 1/8/2003 11:49:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/8/2003 12:08:43 PM EDT by MarineGrunt]
I thought I'd give this a shot and see if anyone here speaks Arabic so they could translate a few phrases that could come in handy if I go to Iraq.

Just simple stuff like "Hands up", "drop your weapons", and basic words like "yes, no, food, water, etc..."

I figure it's a longshot, but it could be useful to others on this board also...

Thanks in advance.
Link Posted: 1/8/2003 12:02:58 PM EDT
If you are pointing you service weapon at 'em and they don't put up their hands, teach 'em some English.....3 ROUND BURST. [smile]
Link Posted: 1/8/2003 12:13:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/8/2003 12:16:25 PM EDT by DzlBenz]
MarineGrunt: Try these. Good luck.

[url]http://www.tradearabia.com/tools/arabicphrases.asp[/url]
[url]http://www.damascus-online.com/guide/phrases.htm[/url]
[url]http://www.kfshrc.edu.sa/arabian/html/arabic_phrases.html[/url]

Of course, there's always this:
A few handy Arabic phrases translated to English -- in case you're ever kidnapped by terrorists.

AKBAR KHALI-KILI HAFTIR LOFTAN.= Thank you for showing me your marvelous gun.

FEKR GABUL CARDAN DAVAT RAEH GUSH DIVAR.= I am delighted to accept your kind invitation to lie down on the floor with my arms above my head and my legs apart.

SHOMAEH FIKR TAMOMEH GEH GOFTEK BANDE.= I agree with everything you have ever said or thought in your life.

AUTO ARRAREGH DVATEMAN MAMO SEPAHEH-HAST.= It is exceptionally kind of you to allow me to travel in the trunk of your car.

FASHAL-EH TUPEHMAN NA DEGAT MANO GOFTAM CHEESHAYEH MOHEMA RAJEBEH KESHAVAREHMAN.= If you will do me the kindness of not harming my genital appendages I will gladly reciprocate by betraying my country in public.

KHREL JEPAHEH MANEH VA JAYEII AMRKAHEY.= I will tell you the names and addresses of many American spies travelling as reporters.

BALLI, BALLI, BALLI!= Whatever you say!

MATERNIER GHERMEZ AHLIEH, GORBAN.= The red blindfold would be lovely, excellency.

TIKEH NUNEH BA OB KHRELEH BEZORG VA KHRUBE GOYAST INO BERGERAM.= The water-soaked bread crumbs are delicious, thank you. I must have the recipe.

BA BODENEH SHEERELL TEEGZ.= Truly, I would rather be a hostage to your greatly esteemed self than to spend a fortnight upon the person of Cheryl Tiegs.

Edited to add an indispensable tool for any world traveller: [url=http://www.insults.net/html/swear/]Here.[/url]
Link Posted: 1/8/2003 2:15:07 PM EDT
Never wanted to learn a dying language
Link Posted: 1/8/2003 4:11:05 PM EDT
I can't think of anything that needs to be said over there anyway, except of course

[size=6][red]KABOOOOMMMM!!!!![/red][/size=6]
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