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Imperfective Mood in Arabic Dialects Posted by on Jun 22, 2017

Dialects اللَّهَجَات exist in all world languages. A distinctive feature of a dialect لَهْجَة is the variation in pronunciation, word-formation and -usage, and grammar from the standard form. For Arabic, dialectal variation is, in my book, normally overstated. To defend my view, I will dedicate a few instructional posts for it once I am done…

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How to say ‘very much’ in Arabic 10 different ways? Posted by on Jun 21, 2017

Today, we’re going to learn how to say ‘very much’ in Arabic, in seven different way. To do this, I’m using a song (check video below) by the Egyptian singer – Tamer Hosny – to be able to focus on each of these phraseس and learn how to pronounce them. As you probably know…

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5 Ways to Say Happy Eid! Posted by on Jun 20, 2017

Marhaba! As you have learned from the post on Top 10 Facts About Ramadan, this holy month ends with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr (عيد الفطر). Eid (عيد), which means generally holiday in Arabic and which is used to abbreviate the name of the holiday, is a joyous occasion and is celebrated with prayer, family…

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White Wednesday, Answers Posted by on Jun 18, 2017

In this post, I present the answers of the reading comprehension exercise, based on a news story adapted from BBC Arabic. لماذا ترتدي الإيرانيات اللون الأبيض أيام الأربعاء؟ تلقى حملة جديدة زخما في إيران على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي ضد القانون الذي يجبر المرأة على ارتداء الحجاب. وتستخدم المشاركات في الحملة هشتاغ #الأربعاء الأبيض، وينشرن صورا ومقاطع فيديو لأنفسهن…

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Sing With Asmahan: Come My Darling Posted by on Jun 17, 2017

Marhaba! Today I want to introduce you to a legendary Arabic singer and actress who lived during the early 20th century, Asmahan (اسمهان)! Born in Syria as Amal al-Atrash, she lived and performed mostly in Egypt and Lebanon under her stage name Asmahan between the 1920s and the 1940s. Today we are going to listen…

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White Wednesday Posted by on Jun 16, 2017

In this post, I present a reading comprehension exercise, based on a news story adapted from BBC Arabic. Read the story below and answer the following questions based on the information presented. You can use the additional vocabulary list for assistance. لماذا ترتدي الإيرانيات اللون الأبيض أيام الأربعاء؟ تلقى حملة جديدة زخما في إيران على مواقع…

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Ramadan Ghariib: My Ramadan Greeting of Choice Posted by on Jun 16, 2017

Guest Post by David Gilbert How do you take a sprawling metroplex of 20 million and make it stand on its head? Easy, you bring in the month Ramadan and watch, with much confusion if you’re a foreigner, as everything you were slowly growing accustomed to about living in a Muslim country changes drastically for…

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