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Palestinian Folkloric Song Posted by on May 18, 2018

This is a famous Palestinian folkloric song which tells a story of a tall polite young man who helps defend his village from gang attacks at the time of the British mandate. Below is the song with the translation of the beginning and the end. يا زريف الطول وقّف تاقلك … رايح عالغربة و…

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Common Mistakes Among Learners of Arabic (1) Posted by on May 17, 2018

Our native language has a strong influence on our learning of another language. This influence is mainly due to the dissimilarities or similarities between the two languages. When similar, we learn the language faster. If dissimilar, we face difficulties and our learning is slowed down. This post is about the common mispronunciations of Arabic sounds,…

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Basics of the Libyan cuisine المطبخ الليبي – Part 2 Posted by on May 16, 2018

This two part post is a comprehension practice about the Libyan cuisine and some of the main الرئيسية/popular الأكثر شهرة dishes الأطباق in Libya. In last week’s post, you had the opportunity to listen to the clip and follow the transcript of the clip (a combination of Libyan & Egyptian dialect). There were also a…

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Basics of the Libyan cuisine المطبخ الليبي – Part 1 Posted by on May 9, 2018

This three part post is a comprehension practice about the Libyan cuisine and some of the main الرئيسية/popular الأكثر شهرة dishes الأطباق in Libya. The first part provides some questions for you to answer. In addition, a transcript of the clip (a combination of Libyan & Egyptian dialect) will provided here. The second part of…

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Tense and Negative Affixes in Arabic Dialects and MSA Posted by on May 8, 2018

Two obvious differences between Arabic dialects and Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) are the parsing marks and certain affixes. In MSA, the time of the action of the present verb is indicated through the parsing marks. In dialects, it is known through prefixes. Likewise, MSA sentences are negated using separate negative particles. In dialects, the original…

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