arkab




I remember when I brought my gaary to Morocco. What a disaster. As I flew down the street, I attracted a rash of heckles from a nearby shillah of men. I wondered maybe if they were warning me that my coat was going to get caught in the spokes and I'd catapult my way into a serious head injury. It later turned out that they thought it was weird that a girl tirkab gaary.

I wondered if it'd be the same in Kuwait. From the looks of things, it was fine to go the local stables and arkab 79aan, so what if arkab gaary? I asked around, wanting to know if there'd be a problem with me doing so. The question made one of my friends very mad indeed. "minuu gaal?" she snapped ('who said so?'). "Of course you can ride a bike if you're a girl."

Enthused, rikabt gaary-yii ('I got on my bike') and embarked on a five-mile sprint to the mall along pavements and on the road. Cars honked. I was almost run into the hard shoulder. I just about got to my destination with my limbs in tact. 

The next day I told the same friend what had happened. She clapped her hands to her cheeks in horror. "You rode a bike to the mall? Are you crazy?!"


Arabic
Pronounced?
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اركب
arkab
I get on
تركب
tarkab
You (m) get / she gets on
تركبين
tarkabiin
You (f) get on
تركبون
tarkabuun
You (pl) get on
قاري
gaary
a bicycle
شلة
shillah
a group
اركب حصان
arkab 79aan
I ride a horse
اركب الحصان
arkab al-79aan
I ride the horse