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What Is the Weirdest Place You Have Prayed In? (2) Posted by on May 20, 2017

Marhaba! I hope you enjoyed listening and reading about Sana’s project to document unusual praying spots of different people. I also hope you enjoyed seeing some of these images that reflect people’s ability and creativity to find solutions when they are faced with a lack of options. I too found cliffs as weird and terrifying…

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Reading answers, social media Posted by on May 19, 2017

In this post, I present the answers of the reading comprehension exercise based on an article from BBC Arabic, on the effect of social media on youth in the UK.   أكد استطلاع جديد أجري في بريطانيا أن غالبية البريطانيين يرون أن موقع انستغرام هو “الأسوأ بين منصات التواصل الاجتماعي” من حيث تأثيره السيء على…

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Reading comprehension, social media Posted by on May 19, 2017

In this post, I present a reading comprehension exercise based on an article from BBC Arabic, on the effect of social media on youth in the UK. Please read the news story and answer the following questions. You can use the additional vocabulary list at the end to aid your comprehension. أكد استطلاع جديد أجري…

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Arabic Verb Forms [Simple vs. Complex] Posted by on May 17, 2017

The basic verb in Arabic cannot be bi-consonantal. It must be composed of three, four, five, or six consonants. Looking at the Arabic dictionary, the bulk of verbs is tri-consonantal. These three consonants are ineliminable, for they are integral to verb meaning. Is this the reason it is called simple مُـجَرَّد? Exactly! Let’s look at…

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Saying ‘Goodbye’ in Arabic: phrases and rituals Posted by on May 17, 2017

Today, we’ll be looking at the interesting culture of saying ‘goodbye’ in Arabic and the linguistic phrases used in this ritual. Saying goodbye in the Arab world is not as simple as you think it is, so let’s find out why. When starting a conversation, Arabic speakers usually say these phrases below, meaning ‘hello’: (يا)…

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