kambiyuutar


Audio with Theyab's pronunciation









How do you ask someone in Arabic to print something on the kambiyuutar for you?

When learning a language, nine times out of ten the first lesson is about the house,
food, or the family. Why? These days, what is the most relevant and pressing set
of words that are good to know after ee and laa?

Words related to the kambiyuutar, of course.

Imagine you need a print-out of your qaalib. You need it badly. There's a plane to catch
and it requires a printed paper ticket. And you cannot even begin to ask for it.

The mental lamentations begin: why did you spend so much time memorising the Arabic
for "grandson" and "banana" when you could have learned:

"tagdr  tiTba:lii  faayl-ii?"

But you thought ahead, you did commit these words to memory. Not only this, you are
asking the Arabic-speaking internet cafe guy with a sexy Apple kambiyuutar to iDqaT
File then isHab the cursor down to Tibaa:ah. The printer comes to life. And suddenly,
you have your faayl and your flight

Historically, al-kambiyuutar has not always assumed the sexiest of forms. Check out
Theyab's childhood one from 1980s, a commercial success in Kuwait:
























The brand of this computer was called Sakhr, which equates to:






















And since trends move in circles, who knows, maybe we'll be holding this thing
to our ears in fifty years' time - and charming our local bank manager for the
necessary loan to acquire it.

إي
ee Yes
لا
laa No
قالب qaalib Document
تقدر tagdr Can you
تطبعلي tiTba:l-ii You print for me
فايلي faayl-ii My file
اضقت iDqat Click!
إسحب isHab Drag!
طباعة Tibaa:ah Print
صخر Sakhr Rocks
وين wain Where is
حاسوبچ الآلي Haasuub-ich al-aalii Your (>f) electronic calculator