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Traditional Drinks from different parts of the Arab world (1) Posted by on Nov 29, 2017

Traditional is always considered good and special in the Arab world, whether it was food, clothes, etc. In this week’s post, we’re going to learn about a number of traditional drinks that are made and consumed in different parts of the Arab world, from Morocco to Syria. What is special about these drinks is that…

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Listening, 1 minute News, answers Posted by on Nov 27, 2017

In this post, I present the answers of the listening comprehension exercise with the 1- minute news report posted earlier. Please find the questions and answers and transcript of the news report below: Arabic Questions and Answers: أين يطلق العراق آخر عملياته العسكرية، ولماذا؟ العراق يطلق آخر عملياته العسكرية عبر الصحراء الغربية الممتدة على…

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Listening, 1 minute News Posted by on Nov 26, 2017

In this post, I present a very brief and interesting listening comprehension exercise. The news report below summarizes the day news in just one minute. Listen to the news headlines and answer the questions that follow. Use the vocabulary list at the end to help with your comprehension. Answer the following questions in…

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Plural or singular? Posted by on Nov 24, 2017

Some English words are always plural, e.g.  trousers,  jeans, socks, scissors, tweezers, glasses, spectacles, among others. When translating these words into Arabic, we have singular nouns, e.g.   trousers = سروال / بنطال هذا السروال قصير جداً. These trousers are very short. jeans = جينز هل هذا الجينز جديد؟ Are these jeans new? socks = جورب…

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Modern Religious Ideologies in the Arab World Posted by on Nov 23, 2017

Most Arabs define being an Arab as one who speaks Arabic and views the history of Arabs as an integral part of his/her cultural identity. Arabs are predominantly Muslims, but they have different religious ideologies. This difference is primarily due to power struggle which led during the early days of Islam to rebellious movements. This…

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Dates: Different names and uses across the Arab world Posted by on Nov 22, 2017

Dates in Libya

Today, we’re going to learn about some aspects of dates التمر , a very important part of the Arabic culture and something that can be found in very much every Arabic house. Datesالتّمور  are a very popular type of fruit as date palms أشجار النحيل – النخيل   are cultivated يُزرع  across the Arab region, both…

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Arabic Parsing vs. Diacritics Posted by on Nov 16, 2017

In acquiring Arabic, it is exceedingly essential that articulation rules, namely diacritics الحَرَكَات, be known from the outset. Knowing how to pronounce sounds and words intelligibly leads to better learning and communication. The ability to pronounce words effortlessly speeds up vocabulary acquisition and retention. Likewise, proper pronunciation leads to more comprehensible speech. This post is…

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