A Quick Poll

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// November 4th, 2008 // Blog

No, nothing to do with the elections! Hehe

A quick question for my readers…

What's the Arabic/Urdu/Hindi word for “shop”, and how would you spell it using the English alphabet?

I do know the answer (hint: it begins with the letter 'd'), but I want to have an idea of the most commonly used transliteration.

I know at least one person who is gonna go by the book on this; you don't have to comment. {grins}

16 Responses to “A Quick Poll”

  1. Abeedah says:

    @ Sumera
    I never knew it was almost the same in Somali too. Though their spelling is dukaan (there isn’t an emphasis on the d sound)..

  2. falakk says:

    Dukaan in urdu.

  3. Thikraa says:

    Assalaamu Alaikum.

    In Arabic, there is a shaddah on the kaaf: dukkaan (duk-kaan). I can’t imagine it being transliterated any other way…hmmmm…

  4. Organica says:

    Hahahaha.

    My Arabic word starts with an “M.”

    I am suppose I am the one with the “freakish” Arabic dialect.

  5. Thikraa says:

    Organica, ma7all (7 = 7aa – letter between jeem and khaa’)?

  6. misspecs says:

    Urdu=Duk-kan is as its spoken.

    Dukaan if you’re writing it down.

  7. Marahm says:

    I’m with Organica. Is maHal an Egyptian word?

  8. AnonyMouse says:

    Dukkaan.

    Shaddah on the kaaf, madd on the alif.

  9. Thikraa says:

    Marahm, it’s not an excusively Egyptian word. It’s used in Egypt as well as Shaam and even in the Gulf…they say ‘MaHallaat Tijaariyyah’…or just simply a maHall.

  10. hfm says:

    dukaan or bazaar

    The ‘k’ is softly pronounced, not the harsh ‘k’.
    I hope that helps.

  11. Kearns says:

    Shop? I’d say Hanoot…

  12. May says:

    Looks like theres no common shared translation ;)
    I’m late in, but, I use all three depending on who I’m talking to and depending on dialect.
    Whats the big deal use all three and be eclectic :P

  13. iMuslim says:

    Thanks guys for your help!

    It was an interesting exercise… hehe.

    Btw, I would spell it ‘dukaan’ based on the Urdu, but ‘dukkaan’ on the Arabic.

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