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Arabic Subordinating Conjunctions Posted by on Apr 19, 2018

A subordinating conjunction is a word that connects two simple and unequal clauses—simple as they only have one verb and unequal as one can stand alone (called main) while the other (called subordinate) needs to be linked to another to be fully meaningful. In Arabic, subordinating conjunctions can be single-word, two-word, or three-word. This post…

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Listening Comprehension (Sabaʕ Gaar سابع جار) 2 Posted by on Apr 18, 2018

In this week’s post, we’re still looking at the short scenario from the Egyptian TV show سابع جار  (the seventh neighbour). As you probably remember, the transcription provided last week was in Egyptian Arabic. This week, however, we’re looking at the Modern Standard version of the same scenario. Make sure you check last week’s transcript…

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Arabic Similes Posted by on Apr 13, 2018

A Simile is a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (e.g. as brave as a lion) (dictionary.com) In this post, I give some common similes in Arabic. Some of them are similar to English, while others are…

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Listening Comprehension (Sabaʕ Gaar سابع جار) 1 Posted by on Apr 11, 2018

Today’s post is a listening practice, based on a short clip from a very popular TV show that is currently being screened on CBC Drama. The show is called سابع جار  (the seventh neighbour). The show follows the everyday life details of a number of families who live in the same apartment building. This is…

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40 Basic Arabic Grammar Terms Posted by on Apr 10, 2018

When we learn a language as adults, it is like learning any other skill. You need tools and practice. The tools of language are the grammar rules. We need to have sufficient and consistent exposure to these tools to internalize their correct usage. Enough practice and consistent exposure changes our knowledge of these rules from…

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