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Old 05-02-2015, 08:41 AM
Location: Candy Kingdom
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Sorry if this is the wrong forum; you can move it if need be (just e-mail me when you do because I'm looking for answers).

During college, I took two years of Arabic and loved every moment of it. I try to keep up with the language and when I have the money, I'm thinking of taking more lessons. I have a friend in Canada that is from Saudi Arabia and he helps me with Arabic often. This morning I texted him, "صباح الخير" and he replied back with, "صباح الفل و الورد". I know that translates into "Good morning rose." I like looking up expressions and sent back, "I like this saying I just found:
صباح القشطة"

He just laughed at me. I asked him why he was laughing and he wouldn't tell me why. The only thing the site said was that these colourful expressions are used by lower class people. I know the phrase translates into "morning of cream," but is it bad to say? What does the expression mean? He said "morning of rose" is a fun little expression that means nothing.

Please help! I don't want to say the wrong thing in Arabic to this guy. He knows I'm learning and he's been a big help... but I don't want to say something really wrong.

Thank you!

Old 05-03-2015, 07:29 PM
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Your response was incorrect. Your response should have been a nice descriptive way of saying Good Morning. A lot of people like to begin their morning to speak beautiful and full of feelings of love and compassion. Since we're not supposed to type in Arabic here are some links to send you in the correct direction:


Old 05-03-2015, 08:02 PM
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Your response was:

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Old 05-04-2015, 07:40 PM
Location: Candy Kingdom
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Thanks, Pruzhany. I actually said, "Good morning" and he replied with "Good morning rose." I was looking up other phrases because I was interested in it; so I tried it out. In my Arabic class, we only learned the modern standard - I'm not too familiar with colloquialism. I know those "Good morning rose" or "Good morning cream," etc. is used in response to vary things. I'll check out the links too.

I like him, so I would like to flirt a bit... but not over the top flirting. Haha.
Old 08-15-2015, 07:34 PM
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You can say

صباح النور
صباح الورد والياسمين
صباح الخير

صباح القشطة x x
صباحك قشطة √ √
صباحك عسل √ √

Good luck
Old 08-16-2015, 12:08 PM
Location: My beloved Bluegrass
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