Friday, 18 December 2015

The Daily Teaser — 18-12-2015: UN International Arabic Day

Right … It’s D-Day, I think.

It’s certainly payday, I know that.   And for once … ?

I think I avoid buying anything on Amazon.   Although you never know: there may well be that LAST thing!

It’s ALSO the day BT are going to phone me about my router, and broadband usage.

Hopefully … ?   We’ll be able to sort out something … !


But let’s get moving on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Debbi* and Olga† putting in their answers: with both scoring ten out of ten.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s Arabic questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 18th December is UN Arabic Language Day.   The modern standard version of the language is called what?
Q2) That version is ALSO called what Arabic?
Q3) What — with an estimated 76 million speakers — is the most widely spoken version of Arabic?
Q4) Andalusian Arabic was — until about the 16th Century — spoken in two European counties.   Name one of them.
Q5) The Arabic word for Arabic is ‘al …’ … what?
Q6) Arabic is also called ‘al-fuṣḥá,’ in Arabic.   The phrase means what: most elegant, most eloquent or most elementary?
Q7) Arabic is written how: from right to left of the page, left to right or top to bottom?
Q8) How many letters are there, in the standard Arabic alphabet: 27, 28 or 29?
Q9) Thuluth, Diwani and Riq’ah, are all styles of Arabic what?
Q10) Finally … Of the UN’s six official languages, Arabic — in its Classical Arabic form — is the only one to be used by a religion.   Which religion?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 17th December saw the original publication of Vogue.   In which year of the 1890s?
A1) 1892.
Q2) Vogue takes its title from the word, vogue.   Meaning something is what: in style, in trouble or in fashionable trousers?
A2) In style.
Q3) How many different countries currently have editions of Vogue?
A3) 20.
Q4) Name one of those editions.
A4) The US, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Mexico,  South Korea, Russia, Taiwan, Japan, Portugal, China, India, Turkey, the Netherlands, Thailand and the Ukraine.
Q5) Vogue is published by which company?
A5) Condé Nast.
Q6) That publisher was named for its original owner.   He was from which US city: New York, Chicago or Boston?
A6) New York.   (Indeed, the company’s HQ is in the Condé Nast Building, in Times Square.)
Q7) Early Vogue editor, Frank Crowninshield, joined Vogue from which other publication: GQ, Vanity Fair, or Loaded?
A7) Vanity Fair.   (Play fair: GQ isn’t THAT popular in New York.)
Q8) Which FIRST Lady has been the most recent to appear on a Vogue cover?
A8) Michelle Obama.   (A lot of First Lady’s have been in Vogue: the only other one to be on the cover has been Hilary Rodham Clinton.)
Q9) In which fashionable film does Meryl Streep play Miranda Priestly: an icy character definitely not based on Vogue editor in chief, Anna Wintour?
A9) The Devil Wears Prada.
Q10) Finally … which Madonna song takes its name from a dance, named after Vogue magazine?
A10) Vogue.
I’ll leave you with this proverb …
أرسل حكيما ولا توصه
Trans: ‘Send a wise man: don’t advise him’   (Old Proverb.)
And this music … 

Have a good day … 

*        I’m hoping it goes well, Debbi^!   Can you keep your fingers (metaphorically) crossed for me, please?

†        Oh, usually it doesn’t, Olga: at least, as far as I can tell.   But I do make use of BT’s own web based monitoring app: one that let’s me monitor my usage.   I’m doing very little that’s different to usual, but I’m trying to eliminate any issues: both on the router and on my computer.   As far as I can see, there’s nothing wrong, there … (Basically, the BT FON^ thing is the bit of software on the router that contributes some of the router’s signal to local BT hotspots: from what I’ve been told by a neighbour, having it active on her router, caused similar issues.)

^        Debbi, Olga: I’ve had a conversation with the rep from BT and from what she says, it has been causing issues.   She’ll be phoning back in a few days: and confirming what’s happening.   (16:31, Friday, 18th December.)


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Modern Standard Arabic or Literary Arabic
Q2) Ups, Literary Arabic
Q3) Egyptian
Q4) Spain
Q5) al-ʻarabiyyah
Q6) Most eloquent
Q7) From right to left
Q8) 27, 28 or 29? 28
Q9) Scripts of Arabic calligraphy.
Q10) Islam

Good luck! Otherwise complain in writing. They always have to reply to something in writing...

Debbi said...

Best of luck!

1. Modern Standard or Standard Arabic
2. Literary Arabic
3. Egyptian
4. Spain and Portugal
5. al-ʻarabiyyah
6. most elegant
7. from right to left of the page
8. 28
9. calligraphy
10. Islamic