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Colloquial Arabic

1946: J. Spencer Trimingham’s Sudan Colloquial Arabic catered to the “needs of the government official or missionary in learning and speaking the language”. One imagines classrooms of clerics primly reciting Trimingham’s dialogues:

Father: What’s the matter with Ahmad sitting alone and sulking (lit. stretching his mouth)?

Mother: Let him go out and play ball with the little ones. Ahmad, go out and play ball with the little ones!

Boy: I don’t want to go out and play ball.

Mother: I said to you ‘go’, you bastard, before I come for you with this stick.”

Source: J. Spencer Trimingham, Sudan Colloquial Arabic (1946), p. 70

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