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The Inception of Dotting and Diacritics in Arabic Posted by on Aug 17, 2017

During the early days of Islam, Arabic scripts had neither dots nor diacritics. As illustrated in the Table (1), a word with neither of these typographic features had multiple meanings. Figuring out what it meant depended primarily on Arabs’ intuition, memory, and the context. By the time of fourth Caliphate, Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib,…

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How to survive in a restaurant in Egypt? Useful phrases in Egyptian Arabic Posted by on Aug 16, 2017

Today, we’re looking at a near-authentic, restaurant scenario you may come across during your stay in Egypt. The scenario includes many important phrases you’ll need to use to order your meal and pay for it. It also includes important questions that you may be asked by the waiter, from the beginning of your visit…

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Arabic Verb Forms [Transitive vs. Intransitive] Posted by on Aug 10, 2017

We use the language to share our feelings and thoughts. This entails expressing a state of being or an action. In Arabic, the latter is done using a verbal sentence. As the name suggests, it should contain a verb; plus, it, the verb, must occur sentence-initially. To make sense, it is essential that we know…

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A Lebanese song: (Ism-ak bi-ysharrefny)-Your name brings me honour Posted by on Aug 9, 2017

Today, we’re looking at the lyrics of a popular song by Najwa Karam, a Lebanese singer, who is known for being called ‘The sun of the Arabic song’ شـَمْسْ الأُغْنِيَة العَرَبِيَّة . The song (video below) is in Lebanese Arabic. The song talks about this lady who is telling her husband how honoured she…

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30 Common Opposites in Arabic with Examples Posted by on Aug 3, 2017

When learning a foreign language, a successful way to augment our vocabulary is through opposites. These words are used to describe people and/or things, hence commonly known as ‘adjectives.’ Even though they have other names in Arabic grammar, for now look at this list, go over it periodically and several times for speedier and lasting…

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