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The Meaning of “qad” قَدْ and How to Use it Posted by on Mar 27, 2019

The multiple meanings of "qad".

Last week, we looked at how to use ُحَيث and all its multiple meanings. This week, we’re looking at a two-letter-word “qad” قَدْ . Do not let the littleness of such tiny words deceive you 😊, this word has an important grammatical function. قَدْ must come before either a past or present tense verb. Depending…

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A Walk Through the Mountain Posted by on Mar 26, 2019

Last Sunday, I went on a hiking trip in one of the most breathtaking reserves in Lebanon : the “Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve “, A five hour hike from the village of Mchati to the village of Qehmez. Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve (JMBR) is located in Kesrouan District, Lebanon, on the  western slopes of Mount…

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Rules for Writing Medial Hamza Posted by on Mar 25, 2019

In this post, I writing about the rules for writing hamza (ء) in Arabic in the middle of the word. This is one of the questions that many of my students ask. As a general rule, the writing of medial hamza depends on how it is vowelled and how the letters before and after it…

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حَيْثُ Haithu and its Multiple Meanings Posted by on Mar 20, 2019

When learning a new language, the little words sometimes tend to be the hardest to remember especially if they have multiple meanings معاني متعددة. In this post we’ll look at a three-letter word that you are bound to find in texts and hear on the news in various contexts. حَيْثُ is an adverb that can…

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Making Polite Requests in Arabic Posted by on Mar 13, 2019

It’s always important to learn how to be polite مُؤَدَّب in the language we are learning. In this post we’ll be looking at the common phrases used in MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) to make a polite request طَلَب. In English, a few common words used to make requests are (may, could, would, please, etc.) In…

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Negating verbs in Arabic Posted by on Mar 6, 2019

Negation in Arabic.

Even if you’re a beginner in Arabic, negating verbs will come in handy for beginner’s conversations. It’s easy! 😊  There are three ways to negate verbs in Arabic depending on the tense. In this post, we’ll look at how to negate verbs in both MSA and in Levantine dialect for those of you who wish…

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Rules for writing Hamza Posted by on Mar 1, 2019

Hello again Arabic Blog readers! Apologies for not posting for a while! In this post, I write about the rules for writing hamza (ء) in Arabic. This can be a very confusing aspect for learners of Arabic. As a general rule, hamza is often written with alif (أ) when it is used a consonant, e.g…

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