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Cultural Pictures in Morocco

01 Apr

A few weeks ago, I started taking Arabic lessons.  I go twice a week to learn Classical Arabic so I can help Kal with homework.  (Classical Arabic is not the language on the street here – Darija is.)  Since I know so very little Arabic, I am still very much at the point at a picture and repeat the word over and over stage.  Today I was looking at pictures of meal times, and I realized that the pictures showed traditional Moroccan meals, than if I showed to students in America, they may not recognize as breakfast, lunch and dinner.  It reminded me that what an image means to you is so very cultural!  I see it in my classroom all the time – my students look at a picture of something (say a bagel, or a bag of carrot sticks, or raccoon) and they have absolutely no idea what they are looking at. Or, they see a familiar event (breakfast or a party or a school bus) and it looks so completely different from what they know as that event (sausage and eggs for breakfast for example) that they don’t make the connection.

So,  here’s something fun for you – here are some pictures Kal and I use when we are learning Arabic. 

Can you tell which picture is a wedding? 

Can you tell which picture is an important holiday? 

Can you tell which picture is a Friday afternoon lunch? 

Can you tell which picture shows soldiers? 

Can you tell which picture shows a typical dinner meal?

Can you tell which picture is meant to show a farmer?

Can you tell which picture shows a mom making bread?

 

Picture A

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Picture B

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Picture C

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Picture D

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Picture E

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Picture F

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Picture G

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Answers:

Can you tell which picture is a wedding? Picture B

Can you tell which picture is an important holiday? Picture D (Eid al Adha)

Can you tell which picture is a Friday afternoon lunch?  Picture G

Can you tell which picture shows soldiers?   Picture F

Can you tell which picture shows a typical dinner meal?  Picture A

Can you tell which picture is meant to show a farmer?  Picture E

Can you tell which picture shows a mom making bread?  Picture C

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2 Comments

Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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2 responses to “Cultural Pictures in Morocco

  1. Oum M-Taha

    January 31, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Dear, those pictures are from the book of children and they are so old! i mean that morocco is developped now ! i really want you to go to a wedding now, in morocco, i am sure that you will see a wedding just like america!

     
  2. Oum M-Taha

    January 31, 2014 at 2:29 am

    i am a moroccan woman and i really like what you write, please come visit my blog!

    http://shiningpearl248.blogspot.com/

     

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