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Self-isolation hashtags in Arabic (2) Posted by on Mar 27, 2020

A group of doctors holding stay at home message

Welcome to the second part of this post. Last week, I started sharing with you some of the popular hashtags and phrases that people circulated on Twitter across the Arab, with regards to the Coronavirus. The diversity of Arabic تنوع العربية and its dialects ولهجاتها was clearly reflected in انعكس بوضوح في how Arabs responded…

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Letter of the Week (د) daal Posted by on Mar 25, 2020

Souq al-Hamidiyya

Moving on to our eighth letter of the Arabic alphabet (د), we will look at various words and phrases beginning with (د) along with more culture/language related facts. Let’s begin with looking at your basic forms of the letter د. Initial د‎, as in the word “دَفْتَر” meaning “notebook”. Medial ـد‎ ‍, as in the…

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Self-isolation hashtags in Arabic (1) Posted by on Mar 24, 2020

post about self-isolation

As is usually the case at times of crisis وقت الأزمات, the way people respond online – particularly on Twitter in this digital age العصر الرقمي – is interestingly from a linguistic perspective. In thi blog post, I’m going to report on the creative ways الطرق الإبداعية Arabic speaking people responded to استجابوا إلي and commented…

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On Mother’s Day: أمي كم أهواها Posted by on Mar 20, 2020

mother and daughter

Tomorrow is a special day in the Arab world. The 21st. March of every year marks يصادف Mother’s day عيد الأم  as well as Children’s day عيد الطفل . On this occasion, I chose a kids’ song to learn and that is: أمي كم أهواها  “My mother, oh how much I love her”. The song…

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Letter of the Week (خ) khaa Posted by on Mar 18, 2020

Moving on to our seventh letter of the Arabic alphabet (خ), we will look at various words and phrases beginning with (خ) along with more culture/language related facts. Let’s begin with looking at your basic forms of the letter خ. Initial خـ‎, as in the word “خَروف” meaning “sheep”. Medial ـخـ‎ ‍, as in the…

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Coronavirus: فيروس كورونا والحرارة Posted by on Mar 16, 2020

face masks

What if you experience a rise in your body temperature ارتفاع في درجة حرارتك ? Instead of panicking  الشعور بالهلع /الذعر right away, we could educate ourselves تثقيف أنفسنا  about the possible link احتمال وجود صلة between having corona virus فيروس كورونا and high temperature درجة الحرارة مرتفعة  and whether a high temperature actually means…

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Letter of the Week (ح) Haa Posted by on Mar 11, 2020

Moving on to our fifth letter of the Arabic alphabet (ح), we will look at various words and phrases beginning with (ح) along with more culture/language related facts. Let’s begin with looking at your basic forms of the letter ح. Initial حـ‎, as in the word “حَزين” meaning “sad”. Medial ـحـ‎ ‍, as in the…

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