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A Vital Arabic Particle with Multiple Meanings Posted by on Apr 26, 2018

Arabic is full of words that are spelled the same but have different meanings and words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently. One example is the Arabic particle ان – alif and nun, with no ء hamzah or diacritics. Their addition and position make the word versatile. When the ن has fahHah with…

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Listening Comprehension (Sabaʕ Gaar سابع جار) 3 Posted by on Apr 25, 2018

Picking it up where we left last week, we’re still looking at the short scenario from the Egyptian TV show سابع جار  (the seventh neighbour). In this week, I’m going to provide a translation of the same scenario we have been learning the last two weeks in Egyptian and Standard Arabic.   We’re still looking…

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What is Arabic Sentence Parsing? Posted by on Apr 24, 2018

Arabic sentence parsing is called إِعْرَاب. It is a change in the way final letters of words, namely nouns and verbs, are assigned diacritical marks which are called parsing marks عَلَامَات الإِعْرَاب. They are فَتْحَة fatHah, ضَمَّة DHammah, كَسْرَة kasrah, and سُكُوْن sukuun. They have a grammatical value and cause a slight change in pronunciation…

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Family Vocabulary Posted by on Apr 20, 2018

In a comment on my last post, one of the readers asked for posts suitable for beginners, and in this post, I present a simple video which teaches reading words related to family relationships. The videos are from a YouTube site called (Learn with Zakaria). The transcription and translation of the video are provided below…

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Arabic Subordinating Conjunctions Posted by on Apr 19, 2018

A subordinating conjunction is a word that connects two simple and unequal clauses—simple as they only have one verb and unequal as one can stand alone (called main) while the other (called subordinate) needs to be linked to another to be fully meaningful. In Arabic, subordinating conjunctions can be single-word, two-word, or three-word. This post…

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Listening Comprehension (Sabaʕ Gaar سابع جار) 2 Posted by on Apr 18, 2018

In this week’s post, we’re still looking at the short scenario from the Egyptian TV show سابع جار  (the seventh neighbour). As you probably remember, the transcription provided last week was in Egyptian Arabic. This week, however, we’re looking at the Modern Standard version of the same scenario. Make sure you check last week’s transcript…

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Arabic Similes Posted by on Apr 13, 2018

A Simile is a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (e.g. as brave as a lion) (dictionary.com) In this post, I give some common similes in Arabic. Some of them are similar to English, while others are…

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