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Archive for March, 2017

Learn Arabic vocabulary for 30 mins Posted by on Mar 31, 2017

Today, I present a nice video I found on YouTube which I will use with my daughter over the weekend. I like the video so much because it is very useful and easy at the same time. It is a list of words in Modern Standard Arabic which are related to everyday life and which…

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Arabic Definiteness: Formation, Meaning, and Assimilation Posted by on Mar 30, 2017

Arabic moon and sun letters

Typically, nouns and adjectives in most languages are made definite by articles. ‘the’; ‘le, la, les’; ‘die, der, des’ are the definite articles in English, French, and German, respectively. In Arabic, nouns and adjectives are made definite using ال which is appended to the beginning of the word, as in these examples: مَدِينَةٌ جَامِعَةً حِذَاءً…

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What do you think the Arabic saying ‘Ala Al-barakah’ means? Posted by on Mar 29, 2017

There are many phrases in Arabic that not only have cultural connotations, but also direct religious ones. The Arabic phrase we are going to look at today is ‘Ala Al-Barakah’ على البركه , which means ‘By God’s blessings’. The word ‘barakah’ literally means “blessing” and “increase in something”. In the Arab Muslim world, the…

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Somalia Market Listening_1 Posted by on Mar 27, 2017

In this post, I present the answers of the listening exercise on the news story on Somalia Market in Dubai. Transcription of the story: محال الذهب والقماش، مقاه وفنادق وشركات استيراد وتصدير تصطف جنبًا الى جنب في هذا السوق المكتظ المعروف بسوق الصومال. جميع الباعة وأصحاب المحال هنا من الجنسية الصومالية. هذا المشهد ليس في…

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Somalia Market Listening Posted by on Mar 26, 2017

Listen to the news story on Somalia Market in Dubai and answer the questions that follow.   You can use the vocabulary items provided to support your comprehension Answer the following questions in English: What sort of businesses you can find in Somalia Market? How is the market described? Where is the market located? What…

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Arabic Translation Exam-Answers Posted by on Mar 25, 2017

Marhaba! I hope you all enjoyed translating the 10 sentences in English to Arabic! I will plan to share more similar exercises that help you perfect your writing and reading skills. An important step in your learning journey is to be able to think, to the extent possible, in two languages interchangeably. This will be…

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Syrian Falafel Posted by on Mar 24, 2017

In a previous post, I presented the recipe for falafel, the Egyptian way. In this post, I present the recipe for Syrian falafel. The main difference is that Egyptian falafel is made with beans only, while Syrian falafel has a mixture of beans and chickpeas. Please find the recipes below and follow the useful video…

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