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20 Common Opposite Verbs in Arabic Posted by on May 31, 2018

A good strategy to augment our vocabulary when learning a new language is through opposites. Conjugating them by deriving different forms from the root further enhance our acquisition, and lead to more spontaneous usage. This post provides a list of 20 common opposite verbs with example sentence.   الفِعْل verb مَاضٍ ، مُضَارِع ، مُسْتَقْبَل…

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Boost your listening skills: Vernacular Arabic Practice (1) Posted by on May 30, 2018

This blog post is a chance to harness your Arabic listening skills, particularly the vernacular Arabic: Lebanese and Egyptian in this case. In the first part of this post, you will have the chance to watch the clip and follow what is being said by looking at the transcript provided, with a translation of each…

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Forms of Nominal and Verbal Plurals in Arabic Posted by on May 29, 2018

As explained in an earlier post, nouns الأَسْمَاء and verbs الأَفْعَال have three forms: singular مُفْرَد, dual مُثَنَّى, or plural جَمْع. Unlike the formation of dual noun forms, plural noun forms are a bit more complex because they constitute three types: sound masculine plural جَمْع مُذَكَّر سَالِم, sound feminine plural جَمْع مُؤَنَّث سَالِم, and broken…

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Relational Adjectives and Nationalities in Arabic Posted by on May 26, 2018

A relational adjective is the adjective that is used to relate one thing to another. In Arabic, this is called نِسْبَة ‘relation.’ This type of adjectives is common in Arabic. To form adjectives of this type, we simply add a suffix the end of nouns, that is يّ (ي with shaddah). This suffix/ي is called…

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Basics of the Libyan cuisine المطبخ الليبي – Part 3 Posted by on May 23, 2018

This three part post is a comprehension practice about the Libyan cuisine and some of the main الرئيسية/popular الأكثر شهرة dishes الأطباق in Libya. The blog posts of the last two weeks provided a transcript of the clip in both regional and standard Arabic. There were also some questions for you to answer and check…

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Forms of Nominal and Verbal Duals in Arabic Posted by on May 22, 2018

As for number, nouns الأَسْمَاء and verbs الأَفْعَال in Arabic have three forms: singular مُفْرَد, dual مُثَنَّى, and plural جَمْع. The singular refers to a single entity, the dual refers to two entities, and the plural refers to three or more. Forming the dual and plural forms from the singular is usually straightforward. This is…

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Palestinian Folkloric Song Posted by on May 18, 2018

This is a famous Palestinian folkloric song which tells a story of a tall polite young man who helps defend his village from gang attacks at the time of the British mandate. Below is the song with the translation of the beginning and the end. يا زريف الطول وقّف تاقلك … رايح عالغربة و…

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