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What’s White privilege? امتياز البِيض Posted by on Jun 30, 2020

Earlier this month, mass protests مظاهرات جماعية erupted اندلعت after the death بعد مقتل of George Floyd – an African American citizen مواطن أمريكي من أصل أفريقي  – at the hands of a police officer على يد ضابط شرطة in the US. As today is the last day of this month, it’s very timely الوقت…

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Arabs’ long-lasting love for bread Posted by on Jun 26, 2020

Tannour bread

Today, I would like to share with you some insights about Arabs’ extreme love for a type of food that they don’t seem to be able to live without! That food item is nothing but bread Al-khubz الخبز . This is not just metaphorical image as in some parts of the Arab world, but bread…

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Letter of the Week (ق) qaaf Posted by on Jun 24, 2020

Moving on to our twentieth letter of the Arabic alphabet (ق), we will look at various words beginning with (ق) along with more culture/language related facts. Let’s begin with looking at your basic forms of the letter ق. Initial ق‎, as in the word “قَميص” meaning “shirt”. Medial ـق‎ ‍, as in the word “حَقيقة”…

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Arabic music in Barcelona: Answers Posted by on Jun 19, 2020

Welcome to the second part of this post that you could use to test your comprehension skills (listening in particular). Last week, I shared with you a short clip produced by BBC Arabic, which features a Syrian couple زوجين سوريين (living in Barcelona) who used an innovative solution ًحلًا مبتكرًا to deal with the feeling…

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Letter of the Week (ف) faa Posted by on Jun 17, 2020

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

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Arabic music in Barcelona: Questions Posted by on Jun 12, 2020

Welcome to the first part of this post. Today, I would like to share with you a video clip, produced by BBC Arabic, featuring an inspiring story قصة ملهمة of a Syrian couple لزوجين سوريين living in Barcelona. Since the early days of the lockdown منذ الأيام الأولى من الإغلاق الكامل , Ahmed and Aseel…

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Letter of the Week (غ) ghain Posted by on Jun 10, 2020

Moving on to our eighteenth letter of the Arabic alphabet (غ), we will look at various words beginning with (غ) along with more culture/language related facts. Let’s begin with looking at your basic forms of the letter غ. Initial غـ‎, as in the word “غَيْمة” meaning “cloud”. Medial ـغـ‎ ‍, as in the word “بَغداد”…

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