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Irregular Verbs in Arabic (Part 4): Conjugating Verbs that Begin with a Vowel Posted by on Jan 30, 2010

This post deals with conjugation of verbs that begin with the vowel (و) – (الفعل المثال الواوي), e.g. (وصل) ‘arrived, (وعد) ‘promised, etc. In the present tense, which usually involves the use of prefixes, the first vowel of the verb is substituted by the prefix, i.e. the vowel which occurs in the beginning of the…

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Irregular Verbs in Arabic (Part 3): Verbs Beginning with Vowels Posted by on Jan 27, 2010

This post deals with verbs that begin with a vowel (الفعل المثال), e.g. (وصل) ‘arrived, (وعد) ‘promised, (يئس) ‘gave up hope’, etc. In the past tense, they take the same endings like any other verb, this is mainly because past tense verbs are conjugated with suffixes, or endings. Therefore, the beginning of the verbs, i.e…

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One Arabic root … many derivatives (Part 1) Posted by on Jan 24, 2010

In this post, I present one useful root in Arabic (و ج ه) and many words that derive from it. This is a very useful exercise to try for yourself to expand your vocabulary; you can also use the dictionary for help. وجهها صبوح. “Her face is radiant/graceful.” “Her face always smiles.” Face وَجْه وجوه…

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Arabic Vocabulary: Ball Sports Posted by on Jan 21, 2010

When I though of writing this post, I wanted to make a vocabulary list about the topic of hobbies (الهوايات), but I realized that it was too broad, so I decided to limit  the list to sports (الرياضات), yet it was still too broad, so I decided to make a list of words related to ball…

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Fayrouz Posted by on Jan 18, 2010

Fayrouz (فيروز) is one of the most famous Arab singers. She was born on 21st November 1935 in Lebanon. In her childhood, she used to sing at school concerts and to neighbors and friends in her family’s simple house in Beirut. At one of the school concerts, Mohammed Fleyfel became impressed by her voice and…

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Expressing Opinions in Arabic Posted by on Jan 15, 2010

There is a range of expressions that we can use to express opinion (التعبير عن الرأي) in Arabic. Following is a list of expressions that can be used in this context: In my opinion… في رأيي… I think that… أظن أنّ… I believe that… أعتقد أنّ… It seems to me that… يبدو لي أنّ… As…

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Irregular Verbs in Arabic (Part 2): Doubled Verbs in Present Tense Posted by on Jan 12, 2010

In this post, I present doubled verbs (الفعل المضعف) in the present tense. Examples of doubled verbs are (شدّ) ‘pulled’, (ظنّ) ‘thought’, (استعدّ) ‘got prepared’, (استمرّ) ‘continued’, etc. Just like past tense verbs, with some pronouns the doubled letter has to be repeated twice, while with others, it remains one letter with shadda. The table…

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