I was listening to a song by a Latin American singer named Shakira. The song is called “Ojos Así”. In the song is some Arabic lyrics which I have not been able to find a translation of. So, i’m hoping one of you Dopers could help me out.
Sorry. My Arabic is limited to phrases useful when traveling in terrorist areas:
AKBAR KHALI-KILI HAFTIR LOFTAN
Thank you for showing me your marvelous gun.
FEKR-GABUL CARDAN DIVAT RAEH CUSH DIVAR
I’m delighted to accept your kind invitation to lie down on the floor with my arms above my head and my legs apart.
SHOMAEH FIKR TAMOMEH GEH GOFTEK BANDE
I agree with everything you have ever said or thought in your life.
AUTO ARRAREGH DVATEMAN MAMO SEPAHEH - HAST
It is exceptionally kind of you to allow me to travel in the trunk of your car.
FASHAL-EH TUPEHMAN NA DEGAT MANO GOFTAM CHEESHAAYEH MOHEMA RAJEBEH KESHAVARHMAN
If you will do me the kindness of not harming my genital appendages I will gladly reciprocate by betraying my country in public.
KHREL JEPAHEH MANEH VA JAYEII AMRKAHEY
I will tell you the names and addresses of many American spies traveling as reporters.
BALLI, BALLI, BALLI
Whatever you say.
MATERNIER CHERMEZ AHLIEH, GORBAN
The red blindfold would be lovely, excellency.
TIKEH NUNEH BA OB KHRELEH BEZORG VA KHRUBE BOYAST. INO BEGERAM
The water-soaked bread crumbs are delicious, thank you. I must have the recipe.
ETEHFORAN, DEHRATEE, OTAGEH SHOMA MIKRASTAM KHE DO HAFTAEH BA BODENEH SHEEREEL TEEGZ
Truly, I would rather be a hostage to your greatly esteemed self than to spend a fortnight upon the person of Cheryl Tiegs.
tc, you ignoramus. Those phrases are Persian, not Arabic. Persian is an Indo-European language related to English, Latin, and Sanskrit. Arabic is a Semitic language related to Hebrew and Ethiopic. The two are as different as can be. You might as well mistake Chinese for Apache.
Doobieous, thank you for telling us about Shakira’s Arabic lyrics. I didn’t know those lyrics were on the album ¿Donde están los ladrones? until you alerted me. Her name Shakira Mubarak means ‘grateful blessed’. There are a lot of people of Arab descent in Latin America.
The spelling of her Arabic transliteration was so garbled it was a little hard at first to make out what the actual words are (that’s why I respelled them). But never mind that. Shakira has got to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. I’m going to pay more attention to her from now on.