In this video, I’ll be taking you on a culinary journey right from my kitchen. We’ll delve into the delicious world of Lebanese cuisine, exploring the traditional dish of Mdardara paired with a refreshing cabbage salad. But that’s not all! As we savor these flavors, I’ll also introduce you to some essential Arabic words and even teach you how to write a few letters from the Arabic alphabet. So, whether you’re a food enthusiast or a language learner, there’s something for everyone. Let’s dive in and get a taste of Lebanon!
Today, we are in the kitchen. I’m not cooking; I just want to show you what I will be eating today for lunch.
Plat du Jour: Mdardara and Cabbage Salad
The plat du jour is Mdardara and cabbage salad. Cabbage salad is salatit malfoof and Mdardara is a very traditional dish here in Lebanon. It’s made with lentils and rice mixed together. On top, we have fried onions, which are very delicious. Yummy, yummy!
- Lentils: 3adas
- Rice: rizz
- Onions: basal
- Fried: me2leh
So, basal me2leh on top.
Accompanying it, it’s very delicious if you eat pickles, like the big pickle you see here. And this is it, the pickles.
- Pickles in Arabic: kabeess
The cabbage salad is a regular cabbage salad, but they all go together. We eat Mdardara and salatit malfoof.
- Cabbage: malfoof (or choux in French)
- Salad: salata
Actually, today I don’t have a lesson for you. I just wanted to show you this. And, like I said last time, I will write for you two new letters.
Today’s Letters: ت (t) and ث (th)
Last time, we learned how to write أ (a). Remember, this is the hamza ء and ب (b). Today, we will learn how to write the ت (t) in Arabic. It’s very similar to the ب (b), but we put a dash like this to get the ت (t).
Now, we learn the ث (th). In English, it’s the “th” like in “thinking”. In Arabic, it’s written like this. So, for now, we have three similar shapes but with different toppings.
Pronunciation of ث (th)
The ث (th) is like “thinking”, not “swimming”.
Words Using ت (t)
First, because you now know how to write ت (t) and أ (a), I will give you this word: تاتا (teta), which means grandmother. In Fusha, it’s jadda. In Lebanese Arabic, it’s teta (or setteh).
Another word where the ت (t) is at the end is بنت (binet), meaning “girl”.
Words Using ث (th)
A word using the ث (th) is ثبات (thabeit), meaning “stability”. In the Lebanese dialect, it’s sabeit because we don’t stress on the ث (th). But in good Arabic, you say thabet.
So, guys, this is my lesson for today. It’s about Mdardara, salatit malfoof, pickles, and some letters. I will write it one last time. The Arabic alphabet for now is أ (a), ب (b), ت (t), and ث (th). We say tha2 for ث (th) and ta2 for ت (t). Don’t mix the th with the s. The s is later on. Now it’s the ث (th).
Goodbye! I will eat now my delicious Mdardara, and I’ll see you soon. Goodbye!
|English||Lebanese (Latin letters)||Lebanese (Arabic alphabet)|
|Cabbage salad||salatit malfoof||سلطة ملفوف|
|Grandmother||teta (or setteh)||تيتا (أو ستّة)|
|Stability||thabeit (or sabeit)||ثبات (أو سبت)|