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Listening comprehension Posted by on May 31, 2011

In this post, I present another listening comprehension exercise. Listen to the video, and use the provided word translations to answer the questions below. The answers are found at the end of the page. مصادرة = confiscate لفائف – مخطوطات = Scriptures البحر الميت = the Dead Sea الخلافات = the disputes قبل الميلاد =…

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word seach, communication, answer Posted by on May 31, 2011

In this post, I present the answer of the word search game. I also present you with a small challenge! How many words can you make from these two roots (ك ل م) ‘to speak’ and (ف هـ م) ‘to understand’? Try to list as many words as you can, and try to think of…

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Word search – communication Posted by on May 30, 2011

In this post, I have created an Arabic word search game for you. Can you find the 10 words below in the table?  If you are not sure about the meaning of any word, look at the bottom of the page for the translation.   1-      لغة 2-      إشارة 3-      حديث 4-      كلام 5-      فهم…

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Weak Verbs: The Agwaf (Hollow) Verb الفعل الأجوف Posted by on May 30, 2011

We have said before that a weak/sick verb is that which has one or two sick letters in its base (root). The letters that make a verb sick/weak are: Waw (و ), Alif (ا ) and Yaa (ى ). The position of the sick letter in the root verb determines the type of the weak…

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Expressing similarities with things Posted by on May 29, 2011

In my previous post, I presented some Arabic idioms that express similaritهثس with animals. In this post, I present other expressions that express similarities with other elements of natures. These expressions are not the only ones that exist, but they are commonly used in speech and writing. Please note that each one of these…

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Expressing similarity with animals Posted by on May 29, 2011

Each language uses elements of nature to express certain ideas, e.g. animals. In English, people say ‘quiet as a mouse’ and ‘strong as an ox’. In Arabic, there are many idiomatic expressions like these that are used to express similarity between certain creatures and traits. In this post, I list some of them: شجاع مثل…

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Arabic sign language Posted by on May 28, 2011

In this post, I deal with a very important aspect of non-verbal communication, i.e. sign language (لغة الإشارة) in the Arab world. Sign language is used mainly by people with hearing impairment (إعاقة سمعية) that prevents them from communicating acoustically. Therefore, they communicate using hand movements, facial expressions and body movements. Sign language allows its…

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