say what?

Arabic translation: Na'am

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English term or phrase:say what?
Arabic translation:Na'am
Entered by: ProZ.com Staff

16:35 Feb 12, 2001
English to Arabic translations [Non-PRO]
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English term or phrase: say what?
What would be an informal (but not rude) way to say, "say what?!" or "what did you say?"
ProZ.com Staff
Local time: 21:29
na'am? نعم؟
Explanation:
Little explanation is needed. Na'am نعم is the obvious polite choice.

mish fahim مش فاهم: is more wordy but is also a correct alternative. It is an Egyptian Arabic expression though.

Eh? إيه؟: is common and less courteous but not obscene. It is also universal.
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Alaa Zeineldine
Egypt
Local time: 06:29
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Thank you very much for the speedy answer.

Troy
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Summary of answers provided
naSaudi (Nejdi) expressiona
shfranke
naRe: afandem
Alaa Zeineldine
na"Afandem" NOT "Na'am
Shiny Shin
nana'am? نعم؟
Alaa Zeineldine


  

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50 mins
na'am? نعم؟


Explanation:
Little explanation is needed. Na'am نعم is the obvious polite choice.

mish fahim مش فاهم: is more wordy but is also a correct alternative. It is an Egyptian Arabic expression though.

Eh? إيه؟: is common and less courteous but not obscene. It is also universal.


Alaa Zeineldine
Egypt
Local time: 06:29
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 606
Grading comment
Thank you very much for the speedy answer.

Troy

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Fuad Yahya

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7 hrs
"Afandem" NOT "Na'am


Explanation:
Afandem is more polite and also gives
the meaning. Na'am also gives the meaning, but it's not that polite,
as it could be used in a rude way too.
Like when we are astonished we can say
Na'am!!!!!!. But Afandem, never has
a doubt for saying it in a "polite way only"

Shiny Shin

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Alaa Zeineldine
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17 hrs
Re: afandem


Explanation:
Afandem is a good choice as long as the language is Egyptian Arabic.

Shiny is also right that na'am can be negative if spoken with a negative tone while stretching the second syllable, but I think this is part of TV depiction of street slang more than it is part of real life colloquial Egyptian.

Alaa Zeineldine
Egypt
Local time: 06:29
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 606

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2 days 17 hrs
Saudi (Nejdi) expressiona


Explanation:
Greetings

In the Saudi (Nejd central region) dialect:

Present tense: Waish taqool?

Past tense: Waish qult?

More polite: law samaHt _or_ 3fwaan?... (with rising tone to indicate a question)

HTH.

Khair, innsha' Allah.

Regards from Los Angeles,

Stephen H. Franke

shfranke
United States
Local time: 21:29
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 336

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