Turkish baklava

Posted on 26. Apr, 2015 by in Culture, Vocabulary

Today, I am preparing some Turkish baklava (بقلاوة تركية) at home! I found a very useful video and a very simple recipe which I wanted to share with you!

Photo from flickr.com  by der-knoe

Photo from flickr.com by der-knoe


Half a kilogram of filo pastry

Ground Mixed nuts



Rose water

Butter and oil

Photo from Flickr.com by Konstantina

Photo from Flickr.com by Konstantina


Roast the ground nuts and add sugar and rose water, mix together to make a paste

Cover the oven tray with oil or butter or a mixture of both

But half of the filo sheet in the tray and leave the other half on the side

Cover each sheet with oil or butter or a mixture of both

When you finish all the sheets, put the nuts mix in the middle

Then fold the other half of the filo sheets on the top, adding oil and butter on each sheet

Cut the baklava into diamond shapes before putting in the oven

Put in the oven until it turns golden in colour.

Add the sugar syrup when it is still hot.

Let it cool down and enjoy!

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Learn the 10 Most Common Systems of Government in Arabic

Posted on 25. Apr, 2015 by in Arabic Language, Current Affairs, History, Language, Vocabulary

Marhaba! I know many of you enjoyed learning the 10 most common words about government and politics in Arabic. Today, I have created an Arabic crossword puzzle to refresh your memory and/or teach you the 10 most common systems of government in Arabic! I am certain you will all enjoy solving this Arabic crossword puzzle. Make sure to come back for the answers soon! As always, think of these words as building blocks! I am confident this will give you a huge leg up when reading, writing, and listening to Arabic. Please note that I have also included the 10 most common systems of government that have either emerged or collapsed in the history of the Arab world. Some have emerged as state systems and others as political parties. You will immediately realize that some of these systems are still intact across the Arab world.

Autocracy — أوتوقراطية

Democracy — ديمقراطية

Theocracy — ثيوقراطية

Mandate — انتداب

Empire — إمبراطورية

Monarchy — ملكية

Dictatorship — دكتاتورية

Federalism — فيدرالية

Republic — جمهورية

Colony — مستعمرة

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For now take care and stay tuned for the answers soon!
Happy Learning!

Have a nice day!!

Listening Comprehension, Qatar economy, answers

Posted on 24. Apr, 2015 by in Arabic Language, Culture, Current Affairs, Pronunciation, Vocabulary

In this post, I present the answers of the listening comprehension exercise on the Qatari economy presented earlier.

The questions cover the first 1 minute and 33 seconds of the news report.  You can use the useful vocabulary to facilitate your comprehension!

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A- Questions and answers:

1- What has the Qatari economy achieved over the last two decades?

The Qatari economy has taken big strides over the last two decades and became one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

2- When did huge changes occur to the Qatari economy?

Huge changes occurred to the Qatari economy in the first decade of the third millennium.

3- What is the most important factor that lead to the change?

The factors that lead to the change are that Qatar became the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas in the world, in addition to supporting the production of oil and other sectors in the economy.

4- How was the growth rate of the GDP in 2012?

The growth rate of the GDP in 2012 was at a slower rate.

5- What is the growth rate of the GDP in 2012 and 2011?

 The growth rate of the GDP in 2012 is about 12.2% and the growth rate of the GDP in 2011 is about 27.1%

B- Transcribe the first two sentences of the news report from قفزات until في العالم

قفزات كبيرة للاقتصاد القطري خلال نحو عقدين من الزمن، جعلت منه واحدا من أسرع الاقتصادات نموا في العالم رغم التبعات السلبية للأزمة المالية العالمية.

تغييرات هائلة طرأت على هذا الاقتصاد خلال العقد الأوّل من الألفية الثالثة، حين أصبحت قطر أكبر مُصدِّر للغاز الطبيعي المُسال في العالم.

Useful vocabulary

قفزات  = jumps / strides

اقتصاد = economy

عقد  = decade

نمو = growth

تغييرات  = changes

مُصدِّر  = exporter

الغاز الطبيعي المُسال  = liquefied natural gas

دعم  = support

إنتاج  = production

النفط  = oil

قطاع  = sector

الناتج المحلي الإجمالي  = Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

بوتيرة أهدأ = at a slower rate

 مقارنة ب = compared to