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Arabic expressions about keeping dignity (1) Posted by on May 28, 2021

In today’s post, I would like to focus on the concept of dignity الكرامة in Arabic and how it’s talked about in the Arabic-speaking world. This 3-part post will look at a number of proverbs and everyday expressions/phrases that are used in spoken Arabic. In the first two parts, the focus will be several proverbs…

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Giving and Receiving Advice in Arabic Posted by on May 26, 2021

In this post, we’ll be learning how to politely give advice النَّصيحَة in Arabic. We’ll look at hypothetical problems with examples of possible pieces of advice. We’ll also talk about polite ways in receiving and refusing advice from others. ✨Let’s first look at some kinds of problems أنواع المَشاكِل in Arabic. family عائِلة relationships العَلاقات …

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Turkish words in Libyan Arabic Posted by on May 21, 2021

Welcome to a new post  🙂 مرحبا بكم في مدوّنة جديدة  Today’s post is of interest to those who are keen to learn more about spoken Arabic and the focus is Libyan Arabic اللهجة الليبية . A few months ago, we learnt some of the popular Italian words that were adopted from the Italian language and…

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Nothing Pleases Me لا شيءَ يُعْجبُني A Poem by Mahmoud Darwish Part Two Posted by on May 19, 2021

Welcome to part two of this post where we continue to analyze the poem لا شيءَ يُعْجبُني by محمود درويش.  Listen and read the poem again. What do you recall from last week’s post? What information do you remember about the poet محمود درويش? 🎇لا شيء يعجبني محمود درويش🎇 “لا شيءَ يُعْجبُني” يقول مسافرٌ في…

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Song: “Oh Eid  يا عيد “ Posted by on May 13, 2021

The Eid spirit is all around us! Today is first day of عيد الفطر Eid Al-fiTr. I wish those who celebrate Eid a very joyful one  كل عام وأنتم بخير – عيد مبارك Kul  ‘aam  wa  aantu-m  bi-khair, Eid Mubarak     On this day, I would like to share a lovely song, produced by Zain…

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Nothing Pleases Me لا شيءَ يُعْجبُني A Poem by Mahmoud Darwish Part One Posted by on May 12, 2021

In this post, I thought we’d read and listen to one of محمود درويش Mahmoud Darwish’s beloved poems لا شيءَ يُعْجبُني. I chose this poem قَصيدة in particular because I found it had enough familiar vocabulary for the intermediate Arabic language learner. We are going to learn how to analyze this قَصيدة in Arabic in…

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Comprehension piece: Mysterious doors (2) Posted by on May 10, 2021

Welcome to the second part of this blog. We’re still looking at the BBC report that tells the story of two mysterious doors in London قصة بابين غامضين في لندن. Lsat week, we got to the point where Ahmed Fakhouri – the journalist in the report – was about to solve the mystery for us…

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