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The UK Teaches Arabic Culture To Boost Exports Posted by on Jun 14, 2012

Learning اللُّغـــــــــة العربيـــــــــــة (Arabic language) is good. Learning about الثقـــــــــــافة العربيـــــــــــة (Arabic culture) in addition to the language is even better—and potentially lucrative too! Business companies in the المملكـــــــة المُتَّحــــــدة (the United Kingdom) can now learn both Arabic language and Arabic culture to boost their export and international investment opportunities. As of June of this year, free…

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Promoting Arabic and هِجـــــــــري (Hijri) Calendar Posted by on Jun 10, 2012

Let us first start with the signification of the Arabic term هِجـــــــــري (Hijri.) As explained by Aziza in her post “The New Hijri Year“, “The word Hijri is derived from the word Hijra (emigration of Prophet Mohammed from Mecca to Medina.)” Therefore “هِجـــــــــري” is an adjective, and its corresponding noun is “هِجـــــــــرة.” A few days…

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Beautiful Arabic Song: « آمنـتٌ بِاللَّــــــــــہ » («I Believe in God») Posted by on Jun 1, 2012

Properly speaking, what you are about to hear is not a “song.”  It is called in Arabic أُنشُــــــــودة (or نشيـــــــــد, when a bit longer) and can be translated as “hymn” or “religious song” This post’s unshuda is quite beautifully sung. It can be appreciated by Muslims and non-Muslims alike; native Arabic speakers, new Arabic learners, and…

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Who’s Who on Lebanon’s Arabic TV Channels Posted by on May 27, 2012

The Lebanese TV channels scene is almost as diverse as the Lebanese society itself. But seldom do the programs of these channels reflect the deep cultural and intellectual wealth of the country—Call that the “new reality” of TV channels in Lebanon, or maybe just Lebanon‘s semi-official “Reality TV” channels. Today’s post will explore the reasons…

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The ABC of MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Center) Posted by on May 24, 2012

Al Jazeera turned into a powerhouse name that nearly everyone knows today; some also know Al Arabiya—But how about the MBC, a.k.a. The Middle East Broadcasting Center, does it ring a bell? No, it is not yet another Arabic-language Satellite channel that just got off the ground… In fact, just last year, the MBC group celebrated its 20th anniversary. ♦ Who owns…

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The World Speaks to the Arab World—In Arabic! Posted by on May 23, 2012

Since the Arab world represents a highly strategic area, many foreign powers have launched their own Arabic-speaking TV channels to spread their views and outlook on major world events. In other words, الرَّأي العـــــــام (public opinion) of Arab nations has become, more than ever, المصلحــــة القوميـــــــة (the national interest) of many powers in the world. سكـــــــاي…

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Who Runs the Two Most Successful Arabic-Language Channels? Posted by on May 22, 2012

There are quite literally hundreds of Arabic-language TV channels out there, broadcasting from within the Arab world and beyond. But only two names usually sound familiar to most ears: Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya. There’s no doubt that Al Jazeera is the most famous and still most successful Arabic-language channel out there. Its name “الجزيـــــــرة” means “island”…

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