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Archive for February, 2013

Gozoor – The Egyptian Identity Posted by on Feb 19, 2013

        Today, I am going to tell you about the first fashion school مدرسة للموضة in Egypt. One of our Arabic page fans asked to share its Facebook page and website. The school has a unique project مشروع that was initiated by some Egyptian young women and which I find very interesting. The school’s project is…

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Lent: 40 days of Prayer and Fasting Posted by on Feb 18, 2013

Marhaba (مرحبا)! Last Wednesday, February 13, millions of Christians around the world marched around with a large black cross (صليب) on their foreheads. What is recognized as Ash Wednesday in Western societies is called Ash Monday or Clean Monday(إثنين الرماد) in Levantine societies, where millions celebrated the same symbolic tradition on Monday February 11 –…

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The Egyptian X Factor Part 2 Posted by on Feb 10, 2013

Marhaba (مرحبا)! I hope you found the from the previous post interesting and I am confident you have worked hard on answering the questions. After presenting you with the answers and the translation of some key words, I want you all to check a YouTube video that shows an Egyptian TV anchor echoing the same…

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Egyptian Proverbs (7) Posted by on Feb 10, 2013

         Arabic proverbs الأمــثـــال الــعــربــيــــة reflect the beauty جــمـــال of the Arabic Language and the wisdom حــكــمــة of the Arabs الــعــرب and their culture الــثــقـــافـــة . In Egypt, these proverbs are part of everyone’s daily routine. There is no one single situation مــوقــف that would not have the perfect proverb tailored for it. Just for…

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The Egyptian X Factor Posted by on Feb 9, 2013

Marhaba (مرحبا)! In this post, I would like to share a small excerpt from an article on recent developments in show business and entertainment in Egypt. This article was published on the website of Al Akhbar, an Arabic newspaper based in Lebanon that covers different political, economic and cultural developments in the Middle East, North…

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Abbas Mahmoud Al-Aqqad (1889 – 1969) Posted by on Feb 7, 2013

      In today’s post, I am going to tell you about a famous Egyptian figure; Abbas Mahmoud Al-Aqqad عــبــاس مـحــمـــود الـعــقـــاد . Al-Aqqad was a famous writer كــاتــب , novelist روائــي , poet شــاعـــر , journalist  صــحــفــي and  critic نــاقــد .  He was also a member of the Arab Academy الأكــاديــمــيـــة الــعـــربــيـــة .      Al-Aqqad…

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Zajal el Zajjalin Posted by on Feb 6, 2013

Marhaba (مرحبا)! As promised in an earlier post, today I would like to introduce you all to Zajal (زَجَل), one of the most popular iconic and cultural traditions of many Mediterranean countries. In a nutshell, zajal is a traditional form of oral poetry  (شعر) in colloquial dialect (اللغة العاميّة ) . Most notably this form…

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