We’ve all seen flash cards used to teach math functions and simple words. But we’re sure you haven’t seen flash cards like these!
A Barnes & Noble bookstore in Minnesota has a package of flash cards apparently intended to help someone translate Arabic words and phrases into English.
Here is a sample of some of the English words and phrases translated from the Arabic in this flash card set.
“The army seized power”
“We buried the dead man yesterday”
“to seize power”
“to die in a battle”
To see a PDF image of the actual flashcards, designed by Fethi Mansouri, please click http://tool.donation-net.net/Images/Email/1097/Arabic_flash_cards.pdf. You will need Adobe Reader or similar software to view the image.
I guess we’re pretty straight-laced here in America. Our flashcards designed to teach English have such controversial words and phrases such as “thank you,” “could you please help me?”, and “what time is it?” I don’t think you’ll find an English translation flashcard set with words like “assassination attempt.”
One has to wonder who would need an Arabic flash card set that translates “assassination attempt” into English. Then again, maybe we shouldn’t have to wonder at all.