shida3wah





Audio with Theyab's pronunciation





Today's word shida:wah is a contraction of two words, shinu meaning "what (is)"
and ad-da:wah or "the invitation."

The literal translation "what's the invitation?" doesn't mean much, but judging
by the way the phrase is used in a conversation, it equates to "are you serious?"

In spoken Kuwaiti, many words are contracted - and they tend to be heard often.
Here are more examples:

  • shtabii is a contraction of shinu and tabii
  • shitsawii is a contraction of shinu and tsawii
  • shraay-ik is a contraction of shinu and raay-ik 

The above are all questions addressed to a male. In the table below,
the same questions are asked to a female. Note the different endings.


شتبين shtabiin What do you want?
شتسوين shtsawiin What are you doing?
شرايچ
shraay-ich What do you think?
شوف shuuf Look
مكياجها makyaaj-haa Her makeup