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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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What Is the Weirdest Place You Have Prayed In? Posted by on May 16, 2017

Marhaba! Today I want to share with you an inspiring and interesting story. It is the story of a photographer and journalist who is collecting images of people praying in different places around the world. I thought this was such an inspiring project, and maybe some of you would even like to join and be…

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Egyptian Arabic words of Italian Origin Posted by on May 15, 2017

Egypt hosted a large Italian community in the 19th century and early 20th century. Italians lived in coastal Egyptian cities, particularly Alexandria.  They constituted an important segment of the Egyptian society and worked in all fields. Moreover, some famous actors and singers in Egypt like Dalida and Stefan Rosti were of Italian origin. As a…

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Sing an Arabic Love Ballad with the King of Romance Posted by on May 13, 2017

Marhaba! Today I want to introduce you to a famous Lebanese singer, Wael Kfoury (وائل كفوري)! He is a young and well-known voice in the Arabic-pop scene, and he is mostly known for his love ballads and is often called the king of romance. Wael first started his singing career in the mid-1990s and has…

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The 3 Most Problematic Arabic Letters Posted by on May 11, 2017

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Just as diacritics play a significant role in disambiguating the meaning of graphically similar words, long vowels determine the form of derived words; therefore, they are called حُرُوف العِلَّة ‘the weak letters.’ … Continue reading

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