Syrian Arabic: I have not seen my friends for a long time

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  1. WannaBFluent

    WannaBFluent Senior Member

    السلام عليكم

    How Syrians say? : I have not seen my friends for a long time

    صار لي زمان ما شفت صاحباتي
    6aar lii zamaan maa shufut 6aa7baati

    Is this correct? please correct the transliteration (Syrian accent).
    How can I say it otherwise?

    بارك الله فيك
  2. analeeh Senior Member

    English - UK
    I think you might be able to say it that way, although it's worth bearing in mind that the vowel in ṣār is often shortened and the r may be assimilated (so you can sometimes hear 6al-li). I think you can also say: min zamaan maa 3am (b)shuuf rfaa2aati (a more characteristically Syrian way of saying 'friends'). Note also that شفت generally sounds like 'shif(i)t in Syrian dialects (although this is inconsistent; even in the deepest Syrian dialect there are many words that do not have the stressed u/i > é shift, many speakers will sometimes produce e.g. kull and sometimes kill, and some Syrian accents - like a lot of Homsis, it seems - do not have the shift in most words in the first place). The bracketed (i) usually appears between two final consonants when there is a single consonant or a pause following, e.g.: akalét shi? - have you eaten?

    ee akalét - yes, I've eaten

    but: akalto - I ate it

    akalt éj-jébne - I ate the cheese

    shéfét shi? - did you see something?

    shéft ékniise - I saw a church

    But generally speaking, in common words, fuṣḥā u i will be é in stressed syllables (i.e. exactly what they sound like is determined by the surrounding context; sometimes it sounds a bit like the English ea in bread, sometimes it sounds more like normal fuṣḥā i).
  3. WannaBFluent

    WannaBFluent Senior Member

    shukran ktiir for all those precisions about pronunciation, it is much appreciated! :)

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