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Archive for April, 2010

European Country names in Arabic Posted by on Apr 18, 2010

The names of European countries in Arabic.

Cairo initiative to repatriate stolen artifacts Posted by on Apr 17, 2010

Egyptian lead initiative to repatriate stolen archeological artifacts.

Arabic Prepositions: to and on/about Posted by on Apr 15, 2010

In this post, I give some notes about the form and the use of two prepositions (إلى) and (على). The literal meaning of (إلى) is ‘to’, and it is used in expressions like (أذهب إلى عملي) ‘I go to my work’ and (إلى من يهمه الأمر) ‘to whom it may concern’, etc. It should be…

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Abdel Halim Hafez Posted by on Apr 10, 2010

Abdel Halim Hafez (عبد الحليم حافظ‎) is one of the most famous and popular Arab singers. He was born on the 21st of June 1929 to a simple family in a small town called Halawat in the countryside. His real name is Abdel Halim Ismail Shabana (عبدالحليم إسماعيل شبانة). He lost both his parents and…

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Using Arabic Prepositions with Question words Posted by on Apr 7, 2010

Prepositions can be used with question words in Arabic  just like English to make questions like from where? or where to? Examples of these questions can be found below: من أين أنت؟ “Where are you from?” إلى أين نذهب؟ “Where do we go?” إلى متى الانتظار؟ “Until when do you wait?” Certain prepositions like (من)…

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Easter in the Middle East Posted by on Apr 3, 2010

Easter is celebrated by Christians in the Middle East to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and it is called (عيد القيامة) or (عيد الفصح). It is usually preceded by a week of praying and special ceremonies, e.g. Palm Sunday (أحد الزعف), Good Friday (الجمعة الحزينة), Ash Wednesday (أربعاء الرماد), Thursday (خميس العهد), Easter Saturday…

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Khalil Gibran Posted by on Apr 1, 2010

Gibran (جبران خليل جبران) was born in Lebanon to a poor family that could not afford to give him formal education. However, priests taught him about the Bible, as well as the Arabic and Syriac languages. Around 1891, his family’s property was confiscated by the authorities. With no home, Gibran’s mother decided to immigrate to…

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