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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Fahiima Speaks Somali #2

While I was at my friend's house tonight her husband decided to do an impromptu interview with me in Somali.
If you understand Somali, enjoy! Otherwise, have fun listening to us speak gibberish language together.

This is the first half of the interview, hopefully the 2nd half will be up sometime tomorrow :-)




Here is the 2nd half:

28 comments:

Skye said...

masha'allah sis ur gorjuz
and even though i had no idea what you were saying it was nice to watch hehehehe

so may i ask sis are you somalian?

NeverEver said...

it actually doesn't sound a lot different than Arabic...

a lot of the same sounds and stuff

Organica said...

So cute!

Mina said...

Mashallah sis, your somali is perfect...lol im suprised you liked diirac, they have some funky colours don't they:P

Aneesah said...

Machallah that was so cute, shout out to all my bilingual peeps lol.

Aalia of Abu Dhabi said...

Salaam Stacy!! OMG I was gonna ask, "how do I follow your Blog??" and then I saw the FollowWidget *rofl* Anyways for some reason YouTube is not working for many us Abu Dhabians so I cannot watch the video :-( Boo!! I love hearing or talking to people who learn languages other than their native tongue -- it's really fascinating!! Do you have the polyglot gene perhaps?? Eheheheh "polyglot" I love that word!! Back in the day I used to have a real keen interest in the Far Eastern languages like Chinese, hindi, Urdu and Punjabi and I actually learned how to read & write Punjabi but then I kinda forgot most of it. I also had a Chinese teacher but then we moved from the city into a place where there were no more Chinese ppl LOL

OKay enuff of me rambling on :-P

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

@Mina, I actually own like 7 dirac I think. I like wearing them to weddings, but feel funny just wearing one to the store or something.

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

@Aalia, I totally inherited a polyglot gene! I wasn't around a lot of different cultures growing up, but i would go crazy whenever I saw a National Geographic mag lol! I don't have any trouble pronouncing Arabic or Somali even though the only language i took before was Spanish. I am more into Semitic and Cushitic languages, so its all about the middle east and east africa for me. Hope you get to watch the video sometime inshaAllah.

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Stacy aka Fahiima said...

Somalis crack me up! I was looking at the comments on YT and saw some complaining about how far we were sitting apart, how he didn't look at me enough, etc.

We actually discussed this before and decided not to sit too close so people wouldn't gossip about that! You just can't win with Somalis :-)

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

@Skye, no I'm not Somali at all, I've just been friends with a lot of them since about 2004. I feel more Somali than American though :-)

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

@NeverEver, You're right! It has a lot of the same guttural sounds as Arabic, so I don't have a problem pronouncing them either :-)

GTFrenzy said...

Awww Fahiima!! MashAllah, sii ficaan baa kuu hadasha!! :)

btw can I post this on my facebook?

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

@GtFrenzy-Of course! link away :-)
You should check out Oday Ogle's latest comedy too. It really funny.

Odna said...

Oh! somali is so beautiful! ^^ very nice to hear you speak it!

Btw, loved your comment on my blog ^^ I also think we would be good friends. But you never know where I'll be next! hehe =D I also love semitic and african languages. I just think they are very hard to learn and I never had the opportunity. I tried Arabic.. but it was so hard... I felt stupid >_< hehehe But I'll try again!!

Eid Mubarak!

angie nader said...

i didnt understand anything....but other than that, it was a great interview...haha

really...i would have thought you are a native speaker. its awesome that you took a culture close to your heart and learned so much about the culture and masterd their language! maybe you were somali in a previous life :)

desertmonsoon said...

For some reason I can't hear it very well. But I know what Somali sounds like after living in Nairobi - and it sounds like Arabic to me too. I really admire you for learning these languages. What is your interest in Biblical Hebrew? I can't speak / read it at all but the one thing I noticed / found interesting about it was that I could find the meaning of many names commonly used in the Middle East and West through it.

Do you speak any other East African Languages like Borana, Amharic or Tigre (not sure how that is spelled)? Can you understand / speak Swahili?

Anonymous said...

Wow! Some people really shock me! I've always wondred what makes so many normal, European descent, middle-class women convert to organised misogyny,Arab control freakism and other weird social norms. And even more puzzling is how can some very attractive women with delicate features raised in a free society EVER get attracted to a desert-dwelling, misogynist, dress-wearing, hook-nosed, unibrow, wide lipped control freak like a Middle Easterner. Soooo many civilised men to choose from and you choose a camel humping weirdo who likes to beat you, give you 7 kids and make you inot SAHM. You are traitors and an embarassment to the whole generations of women In Europe and the US who fought for your equality. How does a daughter of Enlightenment end up witha towel on her head? Never, ever, ever would I marry an Arab! Rather be dead! Shame on you girls! (sorry can't call you women you aren't mature enough)

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

@Anon, your comment is hateful and shows a lot of shallowless on your part. You should be ashamed.

First, Somalis are not Arabs, they are East African.

Second, dressing modestly is not equated with misogyny. Modesty is self-respect.

Third, I am not married to a Somali, this is my friend's husband who is interviewing me. He is not a control freak or a woman hater either.

I am interested in historical cultures and languages of the Middle East and East Africa. This does not mean that I think every single cultural norm is good or valuable, surely every culture needs to re-assess itself now and again.

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

@Desert monsoon, No I don't speak any other East African languages :-( I would love too, but it would take too much time to take on a new language at this point.

My interest in Hebrew began as a branch of my interest in archaeology as a kid. I wanted to learn the Biblical languages when I saw them discussed in the archaeology books I was reading.

At this point I plan to just stick with Hebrew, Arabic, and Somali. I have studied Biblical Greek too, but I don't really have time to keep up with it for now. I love studying comparative Semitics, such as comparing common roots between Hebrew and Arabic as you were doing with the names.

Anonymous said...

Stacey, I knew that wasn't your husband (I saw him in a photo). I know he is not Somali. And I knew Somalis are not Arabs. But your husband is Arab right?

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

No my husband is not Arab, not that it would matter.

Anonymous said...

it says the video has been removed????

Umm Ibrahim said...

Ohh I wanna watch! So how DID U learn Somali?

ModestJustice said...

Aww, I wanted to watch!
lol
And then hang my head in shame ( Aff somali wan hadla inyar and then when I can't figure out how to say anything else, I start thinking in french...)

But the video was removed, darn.

Warsan said...

I had to laugh at anons reference to your 'delicate features'and Arab 'wide lips', what century are we in again?
I don't understand how a stormfront poster found their way to your blog but they have! Just delete their nonsense walaal, yii ku waalin!

Hodan HAMB said...

Hi Stacy. I am half Somali and half Guyanese I was so inspired by seeing you speak Somali on a YouTube video that I saw a while back. I have wanted to learn Somali for my whole life. Lately, I have been researching how to learn Somali. It is really important for me to learn. Do you have any advise on the best way to learn? Any programs, books, etc. I don't have problems with pronunciation so far. I know a lot of Somali music, cook Somali food and don't know Somali. Not good Lol! I would so appreciate any advise. Thank you so much!

Hodan

Abdullahi Ali said...

Fahiima emailkaada soo qor walaalo. Inaba caadi ma ahan warkaada. Cadaanku waa Soomaali; Gobonimo, lol