Songs in Arabic

Follow along with Eman Elmasri as she teaches us two songs in Arabic: When Will Dad Come? and The Girls.

Meet Eman Elmasri
Learn the song When Will Dad Come?

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Meet Eman Elmasri

Eman Elmasri, whose first name means "faith" in Arabic, is from Cairo, Egypt. Since coming to Canada 13 years ago, Eman has volunteered with many community agencies. A former employee of South Burnaby Neighbourhood House, she currently works at the Lower Mainland Purpose Society. Eman lives in New Westminster with her husband and two school-aged sons.

When Will Dad Come?

This Egyptian song honours the importance of fathers.

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When Will Dad Come in Arabic script

Baba Gaye Emta
Baba gaye emta
Gaye assa’a sittah
Rakib walla mashi
Rakib biskilettah
Betha walla hamra
Betha zaye el’eshta
Wassa’ulu sikkeh
Wathrabu lu salam

When Will Dad Come?
When will Dad come?
He will come at 6:00
Will he come on foot or ride?
He will come riding a bike
Is it red or white?
It is white like cream
Please open the way
And salute him

The Girls

This is the chorus and one verse of a longer song that promotes the equality of girls with boys. It was popularized by Soad Mohamed Hosny in a 1985 episode of Howa wa Heya (Him and Her), an Egyptian television series. See Soad Hosny perform the complete song (YouTube video).

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Find ideas for using this song in a program with the theme "all about me"

The Girls in Arabic script

Elbanat
Elbanat, elbanat... altaful kaa-inat
Ghannu ya tilmizat...
Tafa tifi tafa ta!

Elbanat hinayineen
Kuluhunna tayyibeen
Hammuhuna khidmat baladhum
Zeyuhum zeyel baneen
Elbint zayel walad
Mahesh kimalat adad
Feel-ihtimal wal-galad
Mazkora fel-mu’gizaat

Elbanat, elbanat... altaful kaa-inat
Ghannu ya tilmizat...
Tafa tifi tafa ta!

The Girls
Girls are the gentlest living beings
Students, sing with me...
Tafa tifi ta fa ta!

Girls are caring
All of them are nice
All what they care about
Iis to serve their country
Exactly like boys
Girls are like boys
They are not only numbers
To be counted
They are mentioned in miracles

Girls are the gentlest living beings
Students, sing with me...
Tafa tifi ta fa ta!

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