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The Enduring Art of Traditional Palestinian Tiles Part One Posted by on Feb 9, 2022

In this post, we’ll watch and listen to a clip about the Palestinian heritage of making colored ملون and decorative مُزَخرَف tiles بلاط. A trade that is finding difficulty in staying alive in an area under occupation الإحتلال amidst an unstable market. You will hear the reporter speaking in لغة عربية فصحى and the men…

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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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Times of Day in Arabic Posted by on Apr 17, 2019

Times of day in Arabic

In Arabic, you have your basic vocabulary words for morning, noon, afternoon, evening, and night. Yet, people in Arabic speaking countries tend to use a few more. In Islam, there are five prayer times in a day. Each prayer has a name according to the time of day it is prayed. For Muslims who pray…

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What’s Valentine’s Day like in the Middle East? Posted by on Feb 13, 2019

photo of two heart balloons

I’m sure many of you learning Arabic know the word “حبيبي” meaning “my love”. Valentine’s day عيد الحُب  or عيد الفالنتاين is right around the corner. Do you happen to have a حبيبي you are planning to celebrate with?   Like many in Amman, Jordan, I grew up watching American movies showing couples having dinner…

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Kirkuk and Kurdish Independence1 Posted by on Sep 25, 2017

This post presents the transcription of the news story and the answers of the comprehension questions presented earlier. Transcription: انتشار أعلام كردستان في مدينة كركوك قد يفهم على أنه تحدٍ كردي لبغداد التي تتهم الأكراد بمحاولة الاستحواذ على هذه المدينة الغنية بالنفط من خلال ضمها للمدن الكردية التي ستشارك في استفتاء الاستقلال. الخلافات بين الحكومة…

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Listening answers – Dubai Heritage Posted by on Aug 9, 2015

In this post, I present the answers of the listening comprehension questions about Dubai heritage camp. I also present the transcription of the report. Transcription: تحت رعاية الشيخ ماجد بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم رئيس مجلس إدارة هيئة دبي للثقافة والفنون نظم برنامج تعزيز الهوية الوطنية في الإمارات العربية المتحدة، مخيم وطني للعائلات في…

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Listening – Dubai Heritage Posted by on Aug 7, 2015

 Listen to the report and answer the following questions. You can use the words at the end of the post to facilitate your comprehension. The report deals with Dubai Heritage Camp. The questions deal with the first 1.50 seconds of the report.  Answer the following questions in Arabic  من الذي قام برعاية المخيم؟ من نظم…

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