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Plugging English Words into Everyday Arabic Posted by on Aug 28, 2019

Growing up in Jordan, over the years, I have noticed a significant increase of using English alongside Arabic in people’s everyday speech. Of course, Modern Standard Arabic remains untouched. Here, I focus on everyday dialectical Arabic and how English has penetrated Jordanian’s everyday speech. Sometimes certain Arabic words are replaced with English words. I will…

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What You Find at a Maza Breakfast Posted by on Aug 21, 2019

For the last twenty days, I’ve been visiting family in Jordan and Turkey and enjoying maza breakfasts every morning. I think when Arabic breakfast comes to mind, some may think only of hummus and falafel. But, an Arabic breakfast spread has so much more variety. In this post we’ll be learning about some common Arabic…

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The Anatomy of the Face Posted by on Aug 19, 2019

Marhaba readers! They say the eyes are the mirror of the soul, but what about the rest of the face? In this article we will learn the anatomy of the face in Arabic. First of all, the entire head is called = الرأس (Al Raas), the neck= الرقبة (Al Rakaba) and the shoulders =الأكتاف (Al…

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Basic Technology Terms in Arabic and How to Write in Arabizi Posted by on Aug 7, 2019

Have you ever thought of switching your phone or computer to Arabic? Try it for a day and see what terms you understand such as “username”, “save”, “delete”, etc. In this post, we’ll be looking at technology vocab in Arabic. Keep in mind, some terms are the same used in English. You’ll also find that…

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What’s at the Stationery Store in Arabic? Posted by on Jul 31, 2019

In this post, we’ll be looking at items you’ll find at any stationery store or bookstore in Arabic. In the Arab world, you can find separate stationery stores usually called “مَكتبة”. This word, as you may already know is also used for “library”. These stores sell stationery items الأدوات المكتبية such as school and office…

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Top 3 Culturally Rich Countries in the Middle-East Posted by on Jul 29, 2019

Marhaba readers! The Middle-East has long been known for it’s mysterious and mystical energy; for years, tourists visited our countries for a taste of our culture and a sip of our coffee. As you walk through our old souks bustling with life, you can’t help but feel the Aladdin vibe as if you were gonna…

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Case marking and agreement in verbal sentences Posted by on Jul 28, 2019

In this post, we learn how to case mark verbal sentences. The verbal sentence (الجملة الفعلية) is a sentence that begins by a verb. The verbal sentence has two main components: the verb (الفعل), the subject (الفاعل), especially if the verb is non-transitive. If the verb is transitive, there is also a third element, i.e. …

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