mashaakil






Who doesn't have mashaakil in some shape or form?

My English granny was pretty rigid on this subject. She'd say if you were physically fit, had food to eat and a roof over your head, you shouldn't have any shakwaat. And you certainly shouldn't claim to have mashaakil.

"But mashaakil-ii chaaydah," she would mutter. "I've only got one leg!" 

Following granny's logic, it would be difficult for most families living in Kuwait to say they had mashaakil. That is, until the national grid went haywire last week and left almost every household in the country without electricity for at least an hour.

When granny saw on BBC news that almost the entire state of Kuwait didn't have electricity, she chuckled: "I may be over 90 and only have one leg, but still, mashaakil-ii muu nafs mashaakil a7ad bi l-kuwayt!"


Arabic
Pronounced?
English

مشكلة
mushkillah
a problem
مشاكل
mashaakil
problems
شكوة
shakwah
a complaint
شكوات
shakwaat
complaints
مشاكلي چايدة
mashaakil-ii chaaydah
my problems are serious
مشاكلي مو نفس مشاكل احد بالكويت
mashaakil-ii muu nafs mashaakil a7ad bi l-kuwayt
my problems are not the same as those of someone in Kuwait