The 25 Most Common Arabic Slang Words

Posted on 26. Sep, 2015 by in Arabic Language, Current Affairs, Language

Marhaba! We all resort to using slang words without consciously thinking about it. For instance, when my wife and I send a text message to your friends about going together to watch a movie, our friends usually reply with one word: Awesome! Rather than a formal reply, along the lines of ‘we will be delighted to join you and watch a movie together,’ their answer was in a very common American slang word. Many of you have requested that we share some essential and common slang words in Arabic.

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Before I share with you what I think are the 25 most common Arabic slang words, you should know keep in mind that different Arab countries have different dialects. For example, Egyptian slang words are somewhat different from Lebanese and Syrian ones. Unlike other languages, like English for example, there is not a uniform list of common Arabic slang words. The words I share with you today make sense to people in Levantine states, such as Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. I also provide you with the transliteration of every word so that you can both learn how to read and pronounce it, as well as its definition.


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Meat, Onion and Garlic Casserole

Posted on 25. Sep, 2015 by in Culture, Vocabulary

I was looking for an easy and healthy way to cook meat whenI came across meat, onion and garlic casserole, and I think that it is lovely! I thought of sharing it with you before I try to cook it tomorrow. I have to say that I do not have all the spices mentioned and I do not have any pomegranate molasses, but I will try it with the spices available to me and without the pomegranate molasses. I think that the result will still be nice. Of course if you have the right ingredients, it would be better!

This recipe is by a famous Palestinian chef called Manal Al-Alem, and the ingredients come from her website.

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1 kilogram of meat with bone

  1/2 teaspoon cumin

  1/2 teaspoon turmeric

  1/2 teaspoon paprika

  1/2 teaspoon crushed chillies

  1/2 teaspoon coriander

  1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

  1/2 teaspoon cardamom

  1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  1/2 teaspoon ginger

  1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  2 teaspoon salt

  3 olive oil

  small onions

  20 garlic cloves

  3 large tomato, peeled, minced

  2 tbsp vinegar

  2 tbsp pomegranate molasses


1- Mix all the spices together and cover the meat slices with the spice mix

2- Heat the olive or corn oil in a pan and lightly fry the meat on both sides in the oil

3- In the same oil, add the garlic and onions and stir

4- Add the chopped tomatoes and stir

5- Add the meat to the top, then add the rest of the spices, pomegranate molasses and vinegar

6- Add a little bit of water every now and then and leave for about 2 hours until it is well cooked.

7- Serve it with white rice.

طاجن اللحم بالبصل والثوم

1 كيلو لحم بالعظم

1/2 ملعقة صغيرة كمون

1/2 ملعقة صغيرة كركم

1/2 ملعقة صغيرة بابريكا

1/2 ملعقة صغيرة شطة مجروشة

1/2 ملعقة صغيرة كزبرة

1/2 ملعقة صغيرة قرفة

1/2 ملعقة صغيرة هيل

1/2 ملعقة صغيرة ثوم بودرة

1/2 ملعقة صغيرة بصل بودرة

1/2 ملعقة صغيرة زنجبيل

1/2 ملعقة صغيرة فلفل اسود

2 ملعقة صغيرة ملح

3 ملعقة كبيرة زيت زيتون

20 حبة بصل صغير

20 فص ثوم صحيح

3 حبة كبيرة طماطم مقشر مفروم

2 ملعقة كبيرة خل

2 ملعقة كبيرة دبس الرمان


  1. تخلط جميع التوابل معا، وتغطى شرائح اللحم بالتوابل

  2. يسخن زيت الزيتون أو زيت الذرة في طنجرة ويقلى اللحم قليلاً على الجانبين في الزيت

  3. وفي نفس الزيت يضاف الثوم والبصل ويقلب

  4. تضاف الطماطم المقطعة وتقلب

  5. يضاف اللحم فوق لخليط، ثم تضاف بقية التوابل ودبس الرمان والخل

  6. يضاف القليل من الماء بين الحين والآخر وتترك لمدة حوالي ساعتين حتى ينضج تماماً.

  7. يقدم مع الأرز الأبيض.


Eid Mubarak with fatta

Posted on 24. Sep, 2015 by in Arabic Language, Culture, Vocabulary

Today is the first day of Eid Al-ADha (عيد الأضحى) which is also known as the big feast, as it lasts 4 days. In the feast, many Muslims sacrifice sheep like the pilgrims in Mecca.

During the feast, most people eat meals that are based on meat. Today, I am preparing fetta (فتة). I have presented the recipe of fatta before, but today, I am presenting an updated one which is better in my opinion. I am preparing fatta in this way today! In fact, I am boiling meat as a I write this post now. Here is my easy and lovely recipe for fatta!

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  1. Boil meat with bay leaves, garlic, salt and peppers until you have lovely soup. The secret is to add boiled water constantly before it evaporates a lot. I like to add small onions to the soup shortly before it is done!

  2. Chop a couple of garlic cloves, fry them in a little bit of oil or butter and add tomato sauce, salt and pepper, and leave it to cook a little bit

  3. Cook rice in your normal way. I usually cook it with a little bit of butter or oil, water and salt. With basmati rice, you add 1 and half cup of water for every cup of rice.

  4. Cut bread into small pieces and fry it very lightly in butter or ghee

  5. Put the bread at the base of an oven tray. You can add the tomato sauce and soup now or keep it later. Then, add a layer of cooked rice. You can add the tomato sauce now if you have not added it on top of the bread.

  6. Put the meat at the top of your tray and add a lot of soup to everything.

  7. Cook in the oven for about 15 minutes.

  8. Serve and enjoy!

Here is a video that explains all the steps.

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If you like the ingredients in a more precise way, please find below. The recipe is explained above:



بصلة متوسطة الحجم

ورقة لوري




فلفل أسود

ملعقة كبيرة سمن.

المكونات للأرز

3 أكواب أرز

 2 ملعقة كبيرة سمن

4 كوب ماء

ملعقة صغيرة ملح.

2 رَغيف عيش محمص

مكونات صلصة الطماطم

ملعقة كبيرة سمن

½ ملعقة كبيرة ثوم مفرى ناعم.

ملعقة كبيرة معجون طماطم

 ملاعق كبيرة خل.

The ingredients

Lamb or any other type of meat to make soup

2 medium onion.

2 bay leaves

7 cloves cardamom

5 Arabian gum..


black pepper.

2 large spoons ghee or butter.

Ingredients for rice

3 cups rice

2 tbsp ghee or butter for rice

3 ½ cup water.

1 teaspoon salt.

2 loaf Roasted/fried bread

Ingredients for tomato sauce

1 tbsp ghee or butter.

1 ½ tablespoon chopped garlic.

1 tbsp tomato paste (sauce).

3 tablespoons vinegar.