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The present tense verb endings Posted by on Jun 23, 2014

There are three cases of the present tense verb, the default case, the imperfect (المرفوع), the subjunctive (المنصوب), and the jussive (المجزوم). The case of the verb depends on what precedes it. The imperfect (المرفوع) is the default case; we find it when the verb is not preceded by anything specific, or by (لا) for…

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Fried sardines Posted by on Jun 22, 2014

Do you like fried sardines? I do, but I do not like the cleaning part! Here is the Egyptian way  of preparing fried sardines. Fried sardines are nice, but before you fry sardines, you have to clean them thoroughly. This involves opening up the sardine and removing the guts. You also have to remove all the scales. Then…

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A Recipe for Sardines Posted by on Jun 20, 2014

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Do you like sardines? I certainly do. I cook them in a very easy way!   Ingredients: Sardines (سردين) Chilli peppers (فلفل حار) Very thinly chopped potato  (بطاطس) Olive oil (زيت زيتون) Lemon juice (عصير ليمون) Garlic (ثوم) Cumin  (كمون) Salt  (ملح) Preparation: wash the sardines Chop the garlic very thinly and mix it with…

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Arabic Translation Answer: The Conflict Posted by on Jun 19, 2014

    Ahlan Arabic fans! Here is the English translation of the last article by the Egyptian journalist Ahmad Bahgat. Bahagat أحــْــمــَــد بــَــهــْــجــَــتْwho worked at Al-Ahram Newspaper for a long time. He had a daily column in the newspaper under the heading of “Box of the World صــُـــنــْــدُوق الــدُّنــْـــيــَـــا” in which he dealt with so…

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Arabic Translation Exercise: The Conflict Posted by on Jun 19, 2014

     Ahlan Arabic fans! Today I am presenting a translation exercise. We are going to read a short article by one of the famous Arab writers. The article will be in Arabic and you are going to test your Arabic reading skill and translate the article into English. Of course I will post the…

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Karakashangy: The Role of Songs in learning Arabic Posted by on Jun 18, 2014

      Ahlan, Arabic fans! Our post today is about the role دَوْرof songs in learning Arabic as a foreign language. Research has said a lot about the effectiveness فــَــعــَــالــِــيــَــة of songs الأغــَــانــِـى and music الــمــُــوســِــقــَــى on learning a second language. One advantage مــِــيــزَةof using songs in the classroom is its flexibility مــُــرُونــَـــة. Songs…

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A Love Letter to Hummus Posted by on Jun 17, 2014

Hummus has become a world renowned side dish, where different shops, markets, and even countries compete on who has the better recipe for preparing my utmost favorite Middle Eastern side dish. In this post, I express my candid thoughts and feelings about Hummus (الحمص) while in the U.S. Dear Lebanese Hummus (عزيزي الحمص اللبناني), I…

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