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Agony aunt

Discussion in 'العربية (Arabic)' started by elban91, May 12, 2013.

  1. elban91 Junior Member

    Alexandria, Egypt
    English - UK
    Can anyone provide a Standard Arabic translation for "agony aunt" -- that is, someone you go to with your problems, especially someone in a magazine to whom you write letters. My attempt is عمة العذاب but I'm guessing this is too literal.

    Thanks!
     
  2. إسكندراني

    إسكندراني Senior Member

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    Yes it's definitely a silly translation. Actually, I didn't come across this expression until fairly recently. I guess I never read that kind of magazine. In any case, I don't know what they'd call that section in Arabic magazines (هي فقرة يكتب فيها القارئ لسيدة ليشكو مشاكله كي تحلها أو تعطي نصائح)
    If I were forced to translate it I might coin something like:x
    عمتي الحنونة
    But I would imagine there is already a term I'm not aware of.
     
  3. cherine

    cherine Moderator

    Alexandria, Egypt
    Arabic (Egypt).
    I'm not sure about the Arabic term either. Maybe صفحة المشاكل would be understood by all.

    As for a real person to whom you go with your trouble, you can use the expression الصَدْر الحَنون.
     
  4. elban91 Junior Member

    Alexandria, Egypt
    English - UK
    شكرا لكما. سأستخدم العبارة (صفحة المشاكل) فالسياق ترتبط بالمجالات​
     
  5. إسكندراني

    إسكندراني Senior Member

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    I was actually going to suggest الصدر الحنون at first so since Cherine also put it forward, I'd propose that as a less formal translation than صفحة المشاكل - especially since this is a magazine not a newspaper.
    We could also be a bit more flexible, maybe use the word فضفض
     
  6. cherine

    cherine Moderator

    Alexandria, Egypt
    Arabic (Egypt).
    If it's about a page or column in a newspaper or a magazine, then صفحة المشاكل or عامود المشاكل is the best fit.

    الصدر الحنون is better used to describe a person.
     

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