Listening Comprehension – Islamic State – facts – answer

Posted on 20. Oct, 2014 by in Arabic Language, Current Affairs, Vocabulary

In this post, I present the answer of the listening comprehension exercise published yesterday about the Islamic State (داعش).The exercise is based on a news report published by Alarabiya.net

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Questions and Answers:

1- What is the area controlled by the Islamic State?

The Islamic States controls more than 40,000 square kilometers, equal to the size of Belgium.

 

2- What has been done to confront the Islamic State?

An international-Arab coalition has been formed to confront the Islamic State.

 

3- How many countries are involved in confronting the Islamic State?

There are more than 40 countries in the coalition.

 

4- How many Arab countries are involved in confronting the Islamic State?

There are 10 Arab countries in the coalition.

 

5- What is the number of Islamic State fighters?

The number of Islamic State fighters ranges between 20 and 31 thousand fighters.

 

6- What is the wealth of the Islamic state?

The wealth of the Islamic State is the largest among terrorist organisations and it is estimated as hundreds of millions of dollars.

Useful vocabulary

حجم = size

تحالف = coalition

داعش = Islamic State

قوة = power

تنظيم = organization

الحرب على الإرهاب = War on terrorism

دولي = international

انتشار = spread

مساحة = area

ألغى = abolished

حدود = borders

تتضمن = include

في مواجهة = in the face of

خطر = danger

تشكيل = formation

بري = ground

ضربات جوية = air strikes

تجفيف = dry

منابع = sources

تمويل = funding

تطويق = encircle

خنق = suffocate

فكري = ideological

قدرات = capabilities

أعداد = numbers

مقاتلين = fighters

ثروة = wealth

استخبارات = intelligence

أسلحة = weapons

ذخائر = ammunition

مطار = airport

طائرات = aeroplanes

آبار نفط = oil wells

غاز = gas

معابر = crossings

For more information:

http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/iraq/2014/09/12/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%84%D9%8A-V-s-%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%B4.html

Listening Comprehension – Islamic State – facts

Posted on 19. Oct, 2014 by in Arabic Language, Current Affairs, Vocabulary

The topic of the Islamic State and the war against it is one of the hottest topics nowadays. In this post, I present a listening comprehension exercise about this topic .The exercise is based on a news report published by Alarabiya.net

Listen to the report and answer the questions that follow. You can use the vocab list below to assist your comprehension.

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Answer the following questions in English.

1- What is the area controlled by the Islamic State?

2- What has been done to confront the Islamic State?

3- How many countries are involved in confronting the Islamic State?

4- How many Arab countries are involved in confronting the Islamic State?

5- What is the number of Islamic State fighters?

6- What is the wealth of the Islamic state?

 

Useful vocabulary

حجم = size

تحالف = coalition

داعش = Islamic State

قوة = power

تنظيم = organization

الحرب على الإرهاب = War on terrorism

دولي = international

انتشار = spread

مساحة = area

ألغى = abolished

حدود = borders

تتضمن = include

في مواجهة = in the face of

خطر = danger

تشكيل = formation

بري = ground

ضربات جوية = air strikes

تجفيف = dry

منابع = sources

تمويل = funding

تطويق = encircle

خنق = suffocate

فكري = ideological

قدرات = capabilities

أعداد = numbers

مقاتلين = fighters

ثروة = wealth

استخبارات = intelligence

أسلحة = weapons

ذخائر = ammunition

مطار = airport

طائرات = aeroplanes

آبار نفط = oil wells

غاز = gas

معابر = crossings

Come back again tomorrow to check out the answers!

Kamel Keilani (1897 – 1959)

Posted on 16. Oct, 2014 by in Arabic Language, art, Culture, History, Language, Literature, Vocabulary

   Ahlan Arabic lovers! Today, I am going to tell you about a famous Egyptian figure. Kamel Keilani كــامــِــل كــيــلانــِــي was an eminent figure of modern Arabic literature الأدَب whose marvelous works left a mark in the literary history and qualified him to be “the pioneer of child literature رائــِــد أدب الــطــِّــفــْــل“.

Kamel Keilani Via http://gomhuriaonline.com/

Kamel Keilani Via http://gomhuriaonline.com/

    Kamel Keilani was born on the 20th of October, 1897 in Al-Qal’ah الــقــلــعــة , a popular quarter of Cairo, near Muqat’tum Mountain جــَــبــَــل الــمــُــقــَــطــَّــم . He grew up in an era that was famous for legendary أُســْــطــُــوري stories and songs. He was used to spend most of his time alone and that early solitude عــُــزلــَـــة gave him the opportunity to read, assimilate and memorize more than 20 thousand verses of Arabic poetry. Keilani also memorized the Holy Qur’an at the Kut’tab الــكــُــتـــَّـــابْ (pre-school religious classes).

Shahrzad Bint Al-Wazeer

Shahrzad Bint Al-Wazeer

    Later on, Keilani joined the primary and then secondary education to finally obtain the high school certificate شــِــهــَـــادَة . He immersed himself in studying English literature and memorizing English poetry. He studied French as well. Then, he joined the old Egyptian University where he distinguished himself as an excellent student. He planned to study Arabic, English and French literatures and decided at the same time to join the school of Dante Alighieri to study Italian literature. He was the schoolmate of prominent Egyptian men of letters such as Zaki Mubarak زكــِــي مــُــبــَــارَك , Abdel-Wahab Azzam عــبــد الــوهــَــاب عــَــزَّام , Hassan Ibrahim حــَــســَــنْ إبــْــراهــِــيــم and others.

Um Sind and Um Hind

Um Sind and Um Hind

    Keilani worked as teacher of English and translation at a preparatory school. Then, he worked at the Ministry of Awqaf وزارة الأوْقــَـــاف (Islamic endowments) to finally assume the post of “Secretary of the Higher Awqaf Council in 1954. Meanwhile, he worked in journalism الــصــَّــحــَــافــَـــة and art الــفــَــن . He assumed the post of Chairman of Modern Actors’ Club in 1918, then Editor-in-chief of El-Ragaa الــرَّجــَـــاء  newspaper that was founded in 1922. He became Secretary of the Arabic Literature Society ســِــكــِــرتــيــر مــَــجــْــمــَــع الأدب الــعــَــربــِــي from 1922 to 1932.

Gulliver in the Land of Giants

Gulliver in the Land of Giants

    Keilani was influenced by his uncle who fostered him while he was young and was a rich source مــَــصــْــدَر of tales الــقــِــصــَــصْ and a good narrator. Keilani wrote his first story of the kind; “Sindbad, the Sailor ســِــنــْــدبــَــاد الــبــَــحــَّـــار” in 1927. It was followed by more books. With the outbreak of the Egyptian Revolution in 1952, Keilani composed new enthusiastic poetry, giving proof of his sincere patriotism وَطــَــنــِــيــَّـــة .

Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

    In 1929, Keilani gave much of his time and effort to child literature أدب الــطــِــفــْــل and started to establish what he dreamt for for children; The Child Library مــَــكــْــتــَــبــَـــة الــطــِّــفــْـــل . He wrote so many child stories and most of which were originated from classical legends, international and national literature. Thanks to his great efforts, many stories by famous Arab writers were published and widely known. He used Modern Standard Arabic (Fus’ha) for all his child stories and was much keen on the ethical side الــجــَــانــِــب الأخــْــلاقــِــي . He wrote more than 250 child stories like: “Shahr’zad شــَـــهــْــرزاد“, “Ju’ha جــُــحــَــا“, “One Thousand Nights ألــْــف لــَــيــْــلــَـــة” and “The carpenter King الــمــَــلــِــك الــنــَّــجــَّـــار“. His stories were translated into Chinese, Russian, Spanish, English and French. Keilani also was the first to talk to children across the radio.

Ali Baba

Ali Baba

    Keilani faced all sorts of obstacles عــَــقــَــبــَـــات , but he paved the way for the establishment تــَـــأســِــيــس of child literature. He was honored by the State and appreciated by writers and prominent figures of letters from Arab and Oriental countries. Kamel Keilani died on October, 10th 1959 leaving behind a valuable heritage تــُـــراث of publications on Arabic literature in general and children’s literature in particular.

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