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Archive for September, 2020

Arabic Poem “أَنَا مِنْ هُنَاكَ” by Mahmoud Darwish Posted by on Sep 30, 2020

I thought this week, we could look at some شِعْر عَرَبي Arabic poetry by the well- known Palestinian national poet محمود درويش Mahmoud Darwish. When learning a foreign language, it can seem overwhelming to dive into poetry or literature in that language. Yet, even if we do not understand each and every word of let’s…

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The five senses الحواس الخمس Posted by on Sep 28, 2020

Welcome to a new blog – مرحبًا بكم في مدوّنة جديدة 😀. Today, we’re going to learn about the five senses الحواس الخمس in Arabic. We’re first going to list the senses and then move to the sensing organs or body part(s) أجزاء الجسم through which each sense functions تعمل. Finally, we’re going to look…

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MSA – Levantine Conversation Comparison Posted by on Sep 23, 2020

Many students who are interested in Levantine Arabic have most likely began learning Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) first. When learning a dialect, it sometimes helps to compare with what you already know in MSA. Yet, not very often do we come across texts about the same subject in both standard Arabic and dialect to allow…

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Status of cats in ancient Egypt: Answers Posted by on Sep 21, 2020

Welcome to the second part of this blog post about the status of cats in ancient Egypt مكانة القطط في مصر القديمة. This blog post is a comprehension test that is based on a short video clip in the Egyptian Arabic. Last week, you had a chance to watch the clip and work on some…

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Let’s Talk about Movies in Levantine Arabic Part Two Posted by on Sep 16, 2020

🎬🎥 In this second part of talking about movies in Levantine Arabic, I wanted to create an example conversation between two speakers using the vocabulary we learned in part one. The first speaker asks for a film recommendation and the second describes one of her favorite films. I have also added an audio reading of…

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Status of cats in ancient Egypt: Questions Posted by on Sep 14, 2020

Welcome to this advanced comprehension piece where you are going to watch a clip about the importance of cats أهمية القطط  and their status مكانتهم in ancient Egypt مصر القديمة  and the role cats played الدور الذي لعبته القطط  in Egyptians’ everyday life الحياة اليومية then. The Arabic variety used here is mainly Egyptian Arabic, combined…

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A new Arabic hit song: لقيت الطبطه Posted by on Sep 11, 2020

Welcome to a new blog – مرحبًا بكم في مدوّنة جديدة 😀. Today, I have a great Arabic song for you to listen to and study. The song is in Egyptian Arabic and it’s called لقيت الطبطبة or “I found love/support”. The song is performed by the iconic Emirati singer: Hussain Al-jassmi حسين الجسمي. As is usually…

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