Using بكون in Colloquial Arabic
Welcome back to another podcast episode where we help you on your journey to learn Levantine Arabic.
My name is Jennifer Killpack, and I live here in Amman, Jordan. My passion is helping people understand how to use the spoken dialect of Levantine Arabic.
In today’s episode, we’re going to focus on something that trips a lot of learners up: the verb بكون.
I wanted to create a podcast episode that would help us home in on the differences between بكون and بصير because that does trip people up quite often. When I started delving into usage, I realized that actually there’s a lot going on individually in the verbs بكون and بصير or كان and صار and it would be best to address just one at a time.
So this is going to turn into a series. I hope that these tips or shortcuts to understand things are going to be an aid to your journey to learn Levantine Arabic.
I don’t claim to be an Arabic expert, but I do consult with my development team here on my staff. We work to simplify concepts that are hard for foreigners to wrap their minds around as we become second language users of Arabic.
This is one of those.
So we’re going to break down بكون today and then there’s going to be more podcast episodes where we address كان and then more where we integrate with some of the complexity between بكون and بصير or كان and صار. Of course, as we go through these topics, we’re going to incorporate some Arabic usage by people who speak Arabic as their native tongue so that you can hear exactly what I’m talking about as I describe it.
1. Using بكون in Levantine Arabic: Time or Location
One shortcut is to think of sentences where you are going to talk about a place and a time.
Sentences such as, “Where will you be tonight?” “I will be at work.” We would put بكون in there. “I’m usually at work from 8:00 to 5:00.” “The منسف will arrive at 12:00.” These are examples where we refer to a time or a location.
For example #1 we need to use بكون whenever we refer to a place and a time where you will be located or available.