QUOTE (Gulsun Sherif @ Jan 6 2012, 02:48 PM)
I hope this is not too complicated:
I personally prefer to use the k instead of the q as it is difficult for westerners to distinguish the nuance between the k and the more guttural q so they will pronounce it the same anyway. NOT a "g". Putting a u after the q could change the pronunciation of the word, i.e. Raquess might become Raqwess.
Shams means the sun, it is feminine.
The masculine of Dancer is Rakiss (the a as in rah).
The masculine of Sun Dancer would be: Rakiss Ash-shams
The feminine: Rakissat Ash-shams.
In Arabic, it is written Al Shams but when the letter l is followed by s or sh, it is not pronounced, it is contracted, i.e.
Al Salaam is pronounced As-salaam
Al Shams is pronounced Ash-shams so for westerners, let's write it the way it will be pronounced.
When followed by the letter q or r, for instance, the "l" is pronounced:
Al Kamar (the moon), Al Rakiss
If you write it: Ash-shams Al Rakissa, it would mean The Dancing Sun, Shams Rakissa would mean A Dancing Sun,
neither of them very attractive in Arabic.
The Sun Gazelle would be (actually, Gazelle of the Sun)
Ghazal Ash-shams in the masculine
Ghazalat Ash-shams in the feminine
Good luck with your choice,
See.....this is what we need, some real lessons. Thanks Gulsun. (Maybe I'd better come to Cairo and learn from you and Yassmin, LOL )