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The Gender of Arabic Nouns (2): Vocabulary and Examples Posted by on Jul 19, 2018

In series one of this post, it was pointed out that the gender الجِنْس of noun in Arabic is not as straightforward as often thought of. You learned about different types of masculine المُذَكَّر and feminine المُؤَنَّث nouns as well as the feminine markers عَلَامَات التَّأْنِيْث. Today, you will learn about some irregularities of masculine…

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Arabic teams in World Cup 2018 (1) Posted by on Jul 18, 2018

This year, four Arabic teams أربعة فرق عربية  have qualified for world cup 2018 كأس العالم ٢٠١٨  in Russia. The Arabic appearance الظهور العربي  in this world cup was described as the ‘first in history’ الأول في التاريخ  as the number of Arabic teams that qualified for previous world cups was three only! Now that…

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The Gender of Arabic Nouns (1) Posted by on Jul 17, 2018

The gender الجِنْس of noun الاِسْم in Arabic is either masculine مُذَكَّر or feminine مُؤَّنَّث. The masculine المُذَكَّر is the basic form; therefore, it does not require a marker عَلاَمَة. The feminine المُؤَنَّث is derived from the masculine; it requires a feminine marker عَلَامَة تَأنِيْث. There are two types of masculine: real masculine and unreal…

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Assimilation in Arabic Posted by on Jul 12, 2018

In natural speech, it is always difficult to utter a sound twice in a row, as in عَلْلَم which becomes عَلَّم. It is also relatively difficult to produce two sounds from the same area of articulation consecutively, as in مِنْ رَأْسِكَ which is pronounced as مِرَّأْسِكَ. Therefore, we recourse to assimilation. In Arabic, assimilation الإِدْغَام…

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Saudi women can finally drive, where are they going? (2) Posted by on Jul 11, 2018

At the end of last month, women in Saudi Arabic have been given the permission الإذن to drive for the first time ever للمرة الأولى على الإطلاق. This royal decision was made in September last year but it has only come into force a few weeks ago. Different media outlets وسائل الإعلام المختلفة made sure…

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