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Basic Arabic Conversations Posted by on Mar 8, 2018

The primary goal of learning another language is communication, that is being able to use it in real-life communicative settings (i.e. in a restaurant, a hotel, a shop, when meeting someone new, and so forth). This post includes a list of the common Arabic conversational exchanges. Though I disfavor transliteration (because I view it as…

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Egyptian Arabic Proverbs and their equivalent in Libyan Arabic (1) Posted by on Mar 7, 2018

In today’s and next week’s posts, we’re going to focus on four proverbs حكم – آقوال  in Egyptian Arabic  اللهجة المصرية, which are probably familiar معروفة – متداولة to many Arabic learners, and we’re going to learn about their equivalent مرادف  in Libyan Arabic, a somewhat less popular dialect. What these three proverbs have in…

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50 English Words of Arabic Origin Posted by on Mar 6, 2018

The influence of Arabic on some European languages was due to the Arab conquest of Spain, Portugal, and parts of France. Also, for over six centuries, Arabic culture was highly prestigious which added to this linguistic influence. Hundreds of words in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English are borrowed from Arabic. Some of these words have…

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A listening task: Liverpool Arab Art festival (2) Posted by on Feb 28, 2018

Last week, we looked at a listening task regarding the Liverpool Arab Art festival. This week, we’re going to look at the answer. You can also find a list of the most important words and phrases that are mentioned in the video clip. This is a link to the video clip. (The link is a…

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Arabic Nominal Sentence: The Predicate Posted by on Feb 27, 2018

In an earlier post, you learned that the nominal sentence الجُمْلَة الاِسْمِيَّة gets it name from the word with which it starts—a noun اِسْم. It has two parts the subject or topic المُبْتَدَأ and the predicate الخَبَر. The first is derived from اِبْتَدَأ ‘to start with’ and the second from خَبَرَ ‘to tells something about…

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