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Archive for April, 2017

Arabic Translation Exam-News Headlines Posted by on Apr 25, 2017

Marhaba! Have you ever imagined how the world’s top news headlines would look in Arabic? As you know, in our times, it is very hard to keep up with what the latest developments. Every minute, news companies have something new to report or share with millions of readers around the world. Today’s exercise is for…

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[ت] , [ــة] , or [ــه]: How to Differentiate Between Them? Posted by on Apr 24, 2017

التاء المربوطة والمفتوحة

For learners of Arabic, as is the case for native speakers, it is normally difficult to distinguish between [ت], [ــة], and [ــه] when they occur at the end of words. [ت] is called taa maftuHah تَاء مَفْتُوحَة, [ــة] is called taa marbuTah تَاء مَرْبُوطَة , and [ــه] is called haa or haa marbuTah هَاء /…

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Graffiti of the Egyptian Revolution Posted by on Apr 23, 2017

In a previous post, I wrote an introduction to the art of Arabic graffiti. In this post, I write about the relationship between graffiti and the Egyptian revolution. The Caption of this image says: There is a martyr inside me Due to the social and political nature of graffiti, it played a very important role in…

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A Saudi Security Guard Woman with Ambition (2) Posted by on Apr 22, 2017

Marhaba! I hope you found the recent listening comprehension exercise on the new and inspiring milestone for women in Saudi Arabia noteworthy and fun. Today, I am sharing the answers to the previous questions in the listening comprehension post. I am also sharing the news story to refresh your memory. The most important goal that…

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Mutabbal, the Syrian Recipe Posted by on Apr 21, 2017

In a previous post, I presented the recipe for the Egyptian style Mutabbal (المتبل). Today, I present the recipe for Mutabbal (المتبل), the Syrian way. The video and photo are from Sham Al-Assil channel (شام الاصيل). المقادير: 2 حبة باذنجان كبير للشوي 1 كوب لبن زبادي ½ كوب طحينة 3  ملاعق كبار بقدونس مفروم ناعم…

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Arabic Connected Speech: What Gets Assimilated? Posted by on Apr 20, 2017

Hamzah Types

When people speak, it is common that certain sounds get assimilated, dropped, or blended. In English, for example, “does she” is pronounced as “dushee” in connected speech. In Arabic, the most common assimilation and/or dropping occurs with the definite article ال and with the alif of imperative tri-consonantal verbs (i.e. verbs that have a root…

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The great extent of diversity in Arabic Posted by on Apr 19, 2017

Every Arabic learner probably had to face the fact that Arabic is not a single language and there is a high variety: Standard Arabic, and a low variety: regional dialects, more than 20 of them. Today, we are using a short video that illustrates, very well, the great extent of this diversity. It shows…

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