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Archive for March, 2009

Egyptian Arabic Proverbs Posted by on Mar 27, 2009

Proverbs (الأمثال الشعبية) are an integral and a very prominent aspect of Arab culture. Each country has its own proverbs which reflect people’s nature and their beliefs. Proverbs are related to people’s everyday life and reflect their distinctive way of thinking about various situations. They have an important role in passing wisdom from one generation…

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Colloquial poetry Posted by on Mar 24, 2009

Arabic poetry is not only written in standard Arabic, but also in colloquial dialects. Colloquial poetry sometimes becomes songs. I believe that it is a very interesting genre, as it is closer to people’s lives, worries, dreams and trouble than Standard poetry, at least for me. In Egypt, colloquial poetry has been an integral part…

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Expressing Future Actions in Arabic Posted by on Mar 24, 2009

In Arabic, the future is not considered a tense of its own accord, but rather one of the modes of the present. It is formed by placing the word (سوف) before the present verb or by using the prefix (س) before the present forms of the verb. سوف أدرس اللغة العربية. “I will study Arabic.”…

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Islamic history – the Umayyad Caliphate Posted by on Mar 23, 2009

The Umayyad Dynasty (الخلافةالأموية) is the second dynasty to rule the Islamic empire. The capital of the Umayyad caliphate was Damascus, and during the Umayyad rule, the Islamic state extended to include new territories in Asia, Africa, as well as Andalucía in Spain and Portugal. The Umayyad Caliphate (الخلافةالأموية) began 6 months after the death…

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The Past (Perfect) Tense in Arabic Posted by on Mar 23, 2009

In Arabic, the past time frame is used to mark actions that are complete at the time of speaking or writing. It is mainly marked by suffixes at the end of verbs that depend on the person or pronoun used.   Examples of the past (perfect) tense:  درس اللغة العربية. “He studied Arabic.”   سكنتَ…

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Five Letters To My Mother Posted by on Mar 16, 2009

“ خمس رسائل إلى أميFive Letters To My Mother” is a beautiful poem from Nizar Qabbani.     Five Letters To My Mother خمس رسائل إلى أمي Good morning sweetheart. Good morning My beautiful Saint It has been two years, mother since the boy has sailed on his legendary journey. Since hid within his luggage the…

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Nizar Qabbani Posted by on Mar 11, 2009

Nizar Qabbani (نزار قباني‎)is a famous Arab poet, who is very well known for his romantic and feminist poetry. He was born in Damascus on 21 March 1923. Nizar was born to a middle class family, and his father owned a sweets shop. He liked arts, particularly drawing and music in his childhood, but later…

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