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Perceptions of Standard Arabic and colloquial dialects Posted by on Sep 8, 2012

Learners of Arabic as a foreign language often wonder which variety of Arabic to learn. The advice that we give to them is to learn Modern Standard Arabic (الفصحى) which is the variety used in written and formal spoken media (e.g. the news). Then after achieving some proficiency in MSA, we advise learners to acquaint…

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Egyptian Proverbs (6) Posted by on Sep 7, 2012

Egyptian Proverbs

        Arabic proverbs الأمثال العربية  reflect the beauty of the Arabic Language and the wisdom حكمة of the Arabs العرب and their culture الثقافة . In Egypt, these proverbs are part of everyone’s daily routine. There is no one single situation موقف that would not have the perfect proverb tailored for it. Just for the…

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Verbal Sentence: The Subject/Doer (Part 1) Posted by on Sep 6, 2012

The Verbal Sentence: The Subject/Doer الــفــاعــِــل (Part 1) We have already started studying Arabic verbs. Check the previous posts for revision: 1)      Introduction to Verbs مـُـقــَــدِّمــَــة فـِـى الأفــْــعــَـــال   2)      Verb Type نــَــوعُ الــفــِــعــْـــلِ   3)      Verb Tense زمــنُ الــفــِــعــلِ ; (1) The Past الــمــَــاضــِــى   4)      Verb Tense زمــنُ الــفــِــعــْــلِ ; (2) The Present…

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Al-Biruni Posted by on Sep 5, 2012


Abu-Rayhan Al-Biruni; (973 – 1048)         Yesterday, Google celebrated the birthday of the great Muslim scientist of the medieval Islamic era. Abo Rayhan Muhammad Ahmad Al-Bairuni أبو ريحان محمد أحمد البيرونى was born on 5 September 973 in Kath, Khwarazm; known today as the region of Uzbekistan. He was a traveler, philosopher, astronomer, mathematician, chemist,…

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Food words that are very easy to learn Posted by on Aug 31, 2012

There are many types of foods in Arabic that are very easy to learn for foreign students of Arabic because the names of these foods in Arabic are very similar to their names in European languages. If you think about one of these foods, e.g. “burger” and how you say it in English, it will…

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