Word for the Travel Wise (07/05/06)

Moroccan FlagJust finished chatting with a pen pal of mine in Morocco I hadn’t heard from in ages. Long story short we had a lot to catch up on and from our conversation I give you the word of the day. Enjoy!

Today’s word is an Arabic word used in Morocco:

la-bas – how are you?

My Language Exchange is an excellent site in making friends across the globe while zoning in on the areas that give you the most trouble in your language of choice. While most services are free, contacting other members does cost a very small fee. Other learning tools for free standard Arabic online include this Learn Arabic site which has some remarkable lessons. The audio sounds a bit off for me, but they’ve got both the Naskh script (easy to read when learning the alphabet) and the Latin spelling of the letter. Babel Arabic is another good source. Planet Edu has an online listing of Arabic schools all over the Middle East, Africa and the U.S. Lastly, for purchase and a quick pocket guide there’s the Lonely Planet Moroccan Arabic Phrasebook.

Past Arabic words: wafin, akhdar, taeadol, shwiya