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English translation: The one absorbed in her mirror

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15:07 May 24, 2001
Arabic to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
Arabic term or phrase: jaafila
This was found in an Omani poem. The whole verse is "al-jaafila fi mir'atiha".
Eva Mayer
English translation:The one absorbed in her mirror
Explanation:
The translation is tricky because the root verb jafala جفل, may mean sharada شرد, which is the meaning I chose; or it may mean enza'aja إنزعج, which changes the meaning. If the latter is the meaning, you could try "The disturbed one engrossed in her mirror".

There are several other meanings for jafila, including "quick", "besheveled" which ironically fits with the mirror metaphor, and "sweeping".

Review a wider context of the poem to find the meaning that you want.

Alaa Zeineldine
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Alaa Zeineldine
Egypt
Local time: 07:47
Grading comment
Thank you a lot. Originally, I thought that it is going to be a noun, not a participium. I just wanted to be be sure, because the poem is quite surreal and I need to know all the meanings and correlations of words to interpret it well.
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Summary of answers provided
na +1The one absorbed in her mirror
Alaa Zeineldine
naalarmed, startledDavid Woosley
naالجافلة = القافلةFuad Yahya


  

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27 mins peer agreement (net): +1
The one absorbed in her mirror


Explanation:
The translation is tricky because the root verb jafala جفل, may mean sharada شرد, which is the meaning I chose; or it may mean enza'aja إنزعج, which changes the meaning. If the latter is the meaning, you could try "The disturbed one engrossed in her mirror".

There are several other meanings for jafila, including "quick", "besheveled" which ironically fits with the mirror metaphor, and "sweeping".

Review a wider context of the poem to find the meaning that you want.

Alaa Zeineldine


    Several Arabic dictionaries
Alaa Zeineldine
Egypt
Local time: 07:47
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 431
Grading comment
Thank you a lot. Originally, I thought that it is going to be a noun, not a participium. I just wanted to be be sure, because the poem is quite surreal and I need to know all the meanings and correlations of words to interpret it well.

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agree  AhmedAMS
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51 mins
الجافلة = القافلة


Explanation:
AL-JAFILA is the local pronunciation of AL-QAFILA ("the caravan" or "herd").

MIR'ATIHA is the vernacular for MAR'AHA ("its pasture” or “its grazing land").

AL-JAFILA FI MIR'ATIHA: The caravan or herd (possibly of camels) in its pasture.

Fuad


    I know of no published references for Omani pronunciation,
    but I used Hans Wehr to verify my choice of English words.
Fuad Yahya
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 2542
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1 hr
alarmed, startled


Explanation:
This is hard to answer without seeing the rest of the poem, but given the few words in your example, I'd say something along the lines of "startled at her reflection"


    Hans Wehr, Al-Mawrid
David Woosley
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