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Arabic-speaking parrots!

Posted by Mourad Diouri on February 9, 2008

This is an interesting video containing footage of Lulu – an Arab-speaking parrot with a native-like accent!

It was trained by a Arab person from Abu-Dhabi, in UAE over a period of four years.

His trainer taught the parrot to greet visitors to his home with “Assalamu Alaikum السلام عليكم ” and to bid them farewell with “Massalamah السلامة”

Lulu knows some Ayahs (verses) from the Qur’an namely “Surah Ikhlas” and how to make dua (i.e. prayer) for Muslim men and women – specifically asking for them to have forgiveness from God.

He also knows how to say “In the name of Allah, the most gracious the most beneficial بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم ” and “God is Great الله أكبر ”

What other words/expressions can you recognise?

How does he greet and bid farewell to his trainer’s guests?

What is the Arabic for “guests”?

When does LuLu usually offer his prayers?

How did LuLu pray for the deceased?

This second video clip shows another parrot who speaks Arabic with an asian accent. His owner, who is from Pakistan, trained the parrot to recite the Qur’an, especially Sura Al-Fatiha ( الفاتحة ) and Al-Ikhlas ( الإخلاص )

What other words/expressions can you recognise?


4 Responses to “Arabic-speaking parrots!”

  1. eblaite said

    I have been raving about this to anyone who will listen! Is this really the parrot speaking? This is my favourite Realia clip. I like the way the first parrot inflects the Allahu Akbar, just like the call to prayer.

  2. edmond said

    we do have well trained speaking macaw which are ready to meet their new home for adoption.

  3. edmond said

    yes they are.

  4. David said

    EID MUBARAK

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