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The story of a poem Posted by on Oct 8, 2017

 This post tells the story of a very famous poem by the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish,  called ‘To My Mother’ (إلى أمي). It was originally called an apology to my mother. Mahmoud Darwish tells that he had 3 brothers and 3 sisters, and he was the middle son. When older siblings are given duties, he was…

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Arabic Numbers 1—10: MSA vs. Dialects Posted by on Oct 5, 2017

Deemed as one of the most difficult languages to learn, some may wonder what makes Arabic so. Well, one aspect of difficulty is the variation between the standard formالفُصْحَى  (formal, educational form) and the dialectal, colloquial, conversational form العَامِّيَّة. As to numbers, as is the case with most variations, the difference is morpho-phonological. That is…

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The theme of nature in Fairuz’s songs (1) Posted by on Oct 4, 2017

The first part of this blog post explores some of the nature-related words and phrases that appear in one of Fairuz’s most popular songs. We’re going to study one in this post (below: lyrics & video clip) and another in the next post. This one is in Lebanese colloquial Arabic. Fairuz is one of the…

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