Bilingual En-Ar BBC Radio Programme : Housewives’ Salaries – رواتب ربات البيوت

BBC Arabic (Learning English) has a dedicated bilingual radio programme aimed at teaching English to native Arab speakers.

As an Arabic learner yourself, you may benefit hugely from listening to this interactive programme where the host (an Arabic speaker) interviews a guest (an English speaker) in English about a particular news item. The interview is then interpreted in Arabic immediately by the host.

Read the following article before listening to the podcast:

رواتب ربات البيوت – BBC Arabic – Learning English

Today Louay and Cath talk about housewives. According to a new survey in the UK, housewives would be paid more than the average worker, if they received the going rate for their household chores.
The average annual salary in the UK is £23,700.
An average mum apparently works for nearly nine hours a day, every day, which would mean that housewives could earn almost £30,000 a year.
4,000 housewives were involved in the survey and most of them agreed that successfully running the family home was a full-time job.
The way they worked this out was by comparing the various chores with actual jobs. So for child care they would look at what a nanny would earn; cleaning and tidying would be compared to what a cleaner would get. Other jobs in the calculation included being an accountant and a taxi driver.

Do you think housewives should be paid?

هل تعتقد انه يجب دفع رواتب لربات البيوت مقابل مجهوداتهم لقضاء في الاعمال المنزلية؟

Listen to the programme :

Key Vocabulary:

  • housewives : ربات البيوت
  • the going rate : المعدل السائر – المعدل السائد
  •  household chores : الواجبات المنزلية
  •  salary : راتب
  •  full-time job : وظيفة بدوام كامل
  •  child care: رعاية الطفل – العناية بالطفل
  •  nanny :مربية اطفال
  •  cleaning and tidying :التنظيف و الترتيب
  •  accountant : محاسب
  • taxi driver :سائق تاكسي – سائق سيارة أجرة

Further reading

Housewife ‘would be paid £30,000’ – BBC News

Source of Realia:

BBC Arabic – Learn English – تعليم الإنجليزية


Interactive Virtual Online Arabic Newspaper: جريدة النهار

Annahar (جريدة النهار), a leading Arabic-language daily newspaper from Lebanon, offers its readers a free virtual daily newspaper that you can read online using flash technology.So far, I found this the most authentic and life-like Arabic realia available online for Arabic learners and teachers as well as for native Arabs worldwide.This virtual tool will not only help you improve and perfect your reading skills, it will also keep you abreast of the latest current affairs in the Arab world in particular and international affairs in general.The newspaper content provides fresh and up-to-the-minute news and information for its readers.

The Sound of Music – Learn Arabic with Music Video Clips – الموسيقى العربية


Immerse yourself in Arabic/Egyptian language and culture by watching subtitled videos!

All videos are subtitled in three different texts:

  1. the Arabic subtitle,
  2. the literal translation,
  3. the real translation.

    This section can be a great resource to learn new words/idioms and develop your listening comprehension.


    Find out more

    ArEg – Multimedia Music Video clips

    Arabic Countires Profile Guide – دليل الدول العربية


    These country profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of all Arabic countries and territories, and background on key institutions.

    They also include audio/video clips from BBC archives.

    Each profile has the following:

    General introduction

    National flag

    Political map

    National anthem (audio/vidoe)

    Political Leadership   القيادة السياسية

    Facts & Figures   حقائق

    Media  الصحف ووكالات الأنباء /   الإعلام

    News Pages/files



    Find out more

    Arabic Countires Profile Guide (the guide is at the bottom of the page)

    BBC Country Profiles (English)

    Photo Diaries & Podcasts of Arab Students in the UK and the Arab World


    Diaries available:

    1. Nadia Abou-Al-Raghib : My (life) experience between Jordan and Britain نادية أبو الراغب: تجربتي بين الأردن وبريطانيا
    2. Zakariah Isam between his brithplace and his ancestors’ land زكريا عصام بين مسقط الرأس وأرض الأجداد
    3. Yasin Abdullah while he is away from his homeland ياسين عبد الله في غربته
    4. Ahmad Al-Ghamdi – Achieving aspirations أحمد الغامدي: تحقيق الطموح
    5. Helen Torrington: My experience with the Arabic lifestyle هيلين تورنجتون: تجربتي مع نمط الحياة العربية

    Find out more :

    BBC Arabic

    Arabic version of “Who wants to be a Millionaire?” – برنامج مـن سيـــربح المليــون؟

    Who Wants To Win A Million? (2 Million Special)          
    Hosted by George Kurdahi
    The Arabic language version of the international phenomena “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” has taken Arabic viewers by storm, with ratings dwarfing even the most beloved comedy shows and soap operas.  The show continues its ratings streak by offering two million dollars.

    Video clip 1

    The clip is for one question written as an MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) –

    Can you translate the question with the possible answers?

    Video clip 2

    أول رابح للمليونين 2,000,000 في برنامج من سيربح المليون

    The first winner of a 2 millions in ” Who wants to be a Millionaire?”

    Find out more

    برنامج مـن سيـــربح المليــون؟ – Wikipedia

    You can play the game online at لعبة من سيربح المليون بالفلاش