Oil Vocabulary in Arabic

August 24, 2009 § 1 Comment


I compiled a list of useful Arabic terms to assist in reading articles on the oil industry.

Account حساب
Barrel برميل
Bids العطاءات
BPD بمعدل أربعين ألح برميل يوميا
Brent مزيج برنت
Capacity (Not up to capacity) لكنها لا تعمل بطاقة كاملة
Extracted Oil النفط المستخرج
Energy Generation توليد الطاقة
Independent Oil Company شركة بترول مستقلة
Ministry of Natural Wealths in Kurdistan وزارة الثروات الطبيعية في إقليم كردستان
Metering System منظومة العدادات
Mismanagement تساء إدارة
Natural Resources الموارد الطبيعية
Natural Gas الغاز الطبيعي
Non-Oil Sector القطاع غير النفطي
Oil Exploration عمليات تنقيب عن النفط
Oil Field (s) حقل (حقول) النفط
Oil City مدينة نفطية
Oil Contracts التعاقدات النفطية
Oil Reserves المخزون النفطي \ مخزونات النفط
OPEC أوبك
Petrochemicals البتروكيماويات
Proceeds (To deposit proceeds) العائدات (إيداع العائدات)
Production Rights حقوق الإنتاج
Pumping/To pump عملية الضخ \ النفط سيضخ بواسطة الأنابيب إلى محطة
Pumping Operations عملية الضخ
Refinery مصفاة
To sit on/rest on يعوم على
Tanks الصهاريج
Valve صمام
Waste Oil مخلفات نفطية


Arabic Urban Dictionary

August 17, 2009 § Leave a comment


Mo3jam is my new favorite site. It’s the Arabic equivalent of the English-language Urban Dictionary and encompasses several dialects (some better represented than others, that’s you Saudi). I read about it via this article from the Abu Dhabi-based paper The National.

After five minutes of browsing, I’ve acquired several useful terms.

  • Usho: Pee in Hijazi.
  • Jibtilee al-Samarga’: You’re driving me crazy in Hijazi.
  • Gorgait: The Bahrain-ized version of Colgate which serves as slang for toothpaste.

I also learned that Gulf Arabs really like to begin their sentences with “Ya Wad!” (Hey man!)

The site only has 900 definitions available but with more awareness I think it could prove a cool resource for both Arabs and Arabic learners. I just hope that more Levantine, North African, Sudanese, and Iraqi speakers will contribute more. Plus, the more terms are added, the more it would allow for greater specification in the dialects, eventually with words becoming as specific as city to city.

The National article includes a quote from the prototypical professor lamenting how the encouragement and recognition of Arabic dialects is leading to an overall deterioration of the Arabic language and how the situation is so dire that we’re going to need dictionaries to understand our neighbors! I’ll never fully understand why professors who purport the Only-Classical-Arabic-All-The-Time theory fail to recognize how diglossic languages don’t represent “fragmentation” or “tribalism”, they represent the adaptability of a language.

But the site is unique in another way. Many social sites geared toward Arabs paradoxically use English as the central language with the Arabic interface being secondary and not offering as many features. Also, Arabs themselves commonly use English as their lingua franca on sites like Twitter and even the Arab-created Watwet.com. Yet Mo3jam (meaning dictionary in Arabic) is an Arabic-dominated site, with all the definitions of the slang terms provided in Arabic. This results in better definitions and useful contextual examples, plus a site that doesn’t exclude non-English speaking Arabs.

The most compelling aspect of the site is that it will encourage a wider discussion on Arabic dialects, which seems to he happening on the group’s Twitter feed . . . in English.

Here’s an article from Lebanese paper al-Akhbar that comes to the obvious conclusion that Arabs, just like the rest of us, are babbling inanely on Twitter.

(Hans Wehr image from here.)

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