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Archive for February, 2018

Word-formation in Arabic: Blending in Egyptian Dialect Posted by on Feb 13, 2018

Colloquial use of Arabic is associated with mistakes in grammar, pronunciation, and word-formation. This is not new; it’s been around since the early days of Islam, mainly in the speech of non-Arabs. It first emerged in the wrong assignment of final diacritical marks, that is parsing or I‘raab إِعْرَاب. Except for borrowed words, colloquial usage…

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Almanqoos (Part 3) Posted by on Feb 9, 2018

This post deals with a tricky type of nouns in Arabic (الاسم المنقوص). This is a noun that ends in ي /ii/ sound, e.g. النادي ، القاضي ، المحامي. It has been dealt with in previous posts: In this post, I present how this noun appears in dual and plural forms. Dual…

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How to Order and Give Instructions in Arabic Posted by on Feb 8, 2018

To give orders or instructions in Arabic, full verbs in the imperative form are used.  In Arabic, ‘order’ is أَمْر and its plural is أَوَامِر and ‘instruction’ is تَوْجِيْه and its plural is تَوْجِيْهَات. A full verb is the verb that indicates an action, as لَعِبَ ‘to play’, كَتَبَ ‘to write’, وَعَدَ ‘to promise’ and…

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The 43th anniversary of the death of Um Kulthoom (2) Posted by on Feb 7, 2018

On the 3rd. Feb, which is 3 days ago, is the 43th. Anniversary of the death of Um Kulthoom الذكرى الثالثة والأربعين لوفاة أم كلثوم – the most iconic female singer in Egypt and the Arab world. By watching and listening a short video clip made about her, we will learn some facts about her life…

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