Trello – a great planning tool


If you haven’t come across Trello, check it out! It is a brilliant planning tool used by millions in different sectors from IT to marketing. I have started adding my mini goals to keep track of them. Here is my Trello board with all my mini goals added I will be adding more as I go along and updating the progress of each goal. Trello also has a brilliant app!




Mini goal 8 – Shway an Haali – what’s your name? شوي عن حالي – شو إسمك


I have already worked through these cards but I would like to re-visit each section. Lingualism is a phenomenal site providing a large amount of resources for Arabic students. Check it out here!! Lingualism provide a PDF and a stack of Anki flash cards, bargain!!!

Mini goal 7 – vocab from story “Juha and the thief” from Arabic Stories – جحا واللص

Memorise the vocabulary from this mini story over the next week. Here is the vocabulary:

juha sensed there was a thief in the house one night شعر جحا بلص في داره ليلا
so he went to his bedroom closet and hid in it. فقام إلى خزانة غرفة النوم واختبأ فيها
the thief was looking for something to steal but he couldn’t find anything و بحق اللص عن شيء يسرقه فلم يجد،
when he saw the closet he opened it and there was juha inside فرأى الخزانة ففتحها و إذا بجحا فيها.
the thief was frightened but took the courage and said: فخاف اللص ولكنه تشجع وقال:
where are you doing here old man? ماذا تفعل هنا يا شيخ؟
juha replied فقال جحا
I’m sorry sir متأسف يا سيدي
but I knew that you wouldn’t find anything worth stealing فإني اعرف أنك لن تجد ما تسرقه
and for that I was ashamed and hid out of embarrassment ولهذا استحيت وأختبأت خجلا منك

Ankidroid – Spaced repetition flash cards software

If you haven’t noticed I am huge fan of Ankidroid. I first came across it on Benny Lewis’s site a few years ago. There isn’t an app that I use as much as this. I have learnt thousands words and phrases all thanks to this app.

What are spaced repition flash cards?

We all know what flash cards are but why is Ankidroid so special? Well instead of having a stack of paper flash cards they are nicely stored in your phone. Each answer you give decides when it will appear again. For example if you view a card and you answer it correctly Ankidroid will decide when the card should appear again. If you don’t answer it correctly it will keep showing it until you answer it correctly.

Ankidroid has a great algorithm for memorising anything. It calculates when you should view certain cards and how often.

What can you add to Ankidroid?

Anything! You can study anything! I’ve seen people studying languages to mathematics to physics to computing using Ankidroid. You can add any media type making the flash cards very interactive as opposed to being plain using paper cards.

What platforms can it be used on?

Ankidroid is available for all platforms as far as I am aware, from iOS to Android to Windows PCs. It really is fantastic!

How much is it?

Free!!! How good is that??

Here is the link to Ankidroid, have fun!!

Mini goal 6 – Hakini Arabi – Health – الصحه

Some vocabulary for this chapter on health and more. I have also added the dialogues to my Anki flash cards.

be careful اوعى
smart, knowledgeable فهمان
to anger them تزعلهم
he told me قللي
everywhere كل مكان
dearest أغلى
on top of your head ع ارسك
people الناس
beside بحد
most beautiful احلى
the house الدار
your support سندك
same as مثل
no matter what مهما
happens صار
love them (imperative) حبهم
Thank God الحمد الله
we thank God بنشكر الله
never better عال العال
excellent فوق الريح
not bad مش بطال
hows your health? كيف الصحة
tired نعسان
cold بردان
feeling hot شوبان
full شبعان
bored زهقان
help بعين
I study بدرس
the hands اليدين
it looks that he شكله

Mini goal 5 – Hakini Arabi – the story – القصة

Some more vocabulary to work through with dialogues. Here is some of the vocabulary:


your news اخبارك
was كان
wedding عرس
wish you the same عقبالك
your life حيلتك
the dear one الغالية
your friends صحابك
okay ماشي حال
guys الشباب
say hi بيسلمو
our neighbor جارنا
I missed him اشتقلتله
happy مكيف
as long as طول ما
people الشعب
eat بيكول
between us بينا
between you بينكم

Mini goal 4 – Hakini Arabi – common expressions – حاكيني عربي

Here’s some expressions I’ve taken out, there’s a a lot more in the book but I’m only using the ones I might struggle to remember or don’t know. As always I have been really lazy with the input. I’m also not the best person at using the Arabic keyboard!

nice to meet you تشرفنا
I dont understand مش فاهم
speak slowly احكي شوية شوية
how do you say in arabic كيف بنحكي بنقول ….. بالعربي
I have a question عندي سوال
enough everything is fine خلاص بس بكفي
dont worry كله تمام متقلقش
dont worry, it’s all the same زي بعضه
so so نص نص
again please مرة تانيه لو سمحت
work by yourselves اشتغل لحالك!
for example مثال