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08:49 May 4, 2001
English to Arabic translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase:War is war, death is death.
More along the lines of spiritual instead of physical. I would also like to know how to pronounce it. Thank you.
Explanation: Arabic pronunciation is a bit tricky to represent through the written medium. I wish we had a way of uploading an audio file. In the absence of such an option, here is a humble attempt:
AL-HARBU HARB, WAL MOWTU MOWT.
Please note the following:
1. The sentence above is in standard written (classical) Arabic, not colloquial Arabic. You may already be familiar with the distinction.
2. Classical Arabic is heavily inflected to indicate grammatical case. Inflections are often not written, because they are assumed to be understood. When a sentence is spoken, inflections at the end of a phrase or a sentence are dropped to indicate a cadence. This varies from case to case, depending on the style of delivery. The phonetic transliteration I wrote above imitates my style of delivery. Others may suggest a slightly different style.
2. As in most languages (more so in some than others), words are often glided together. The transliteration above contains some instances of gliding to simulate natural spoken delivery.
3. The vowel “OW” sounds like “OW” in “COW.”
4. The physical versus spiritual does not affect the translation. The sentence translates well and easily with all of its spiritual connotations, so long as the reader or listener is aware of the context. The concepts you are communicating are universal.
Explanation: - Al harbo harbon, wal mawto mawton
الحرب حرب، والموت موت
(the – on – at the end of harb and mawt refer to Arabic diacritics)
- Al harbo heya l harb wa l mawto howa l mawt
الحرب هي الحرب والموت هو الموت
War is a masculine noun in Arabic and death is a feminine noun.
Heya: she, howa: he
The translation of your sentence depends on what you really want to say.
The first sentence is warm but it could also be elocutionary.
If you say it with a pause and without pronouncing the diacritics it could mean that war is something and death is something else.
Al harbo harb , wal mawto mawt.
The second sentence is roughly war IS war, death IS death, but again it could mean: war is the war or even THAT war if you stress on - heya l –
and – howa l