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Did you See Banksy’s New Hotel? (2) Posted by on Mar 7, 2017

Marhaba! I am sure you found the recent listening comprehension exercise about Banksy’s hotel in the West Bank interesting and fun. Today, I am sharing the answers to the previous questions in the listening comprehension post. I am also sharing the news story to refresh your memory. The most important learning goal from these listening…

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Did you See Banksy’s New Hotel? Posted by on Mar 4, 2017

Marhaba! Today I am sharing a very recent news story that i read about Banksy’s art in a new and different way. The story is about Banksy’s new hotel in the West Bank. What makes this story very interesting is that it discusses the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict in a different way. I know that many…

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Mint Lemonade the Levantine Way Posted by on Sep 3, 2016

Marhaba! Summer is not almost gone or at least that’s what I am trying to convince myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fall season, but having a few more summer days is great. To keep up the summer spirit, today I am sharing a recipe for one my favorite beverages: Mint Lemonade. But…

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Pause and Enjoy Every Moment of Your Life Posted by on Nov 18, 2013

Marhaba! In a previous post I introduced you all to the beautiful poetry of the late Mahmoud Darwish. I shared his famous poem “To My Mother,” which the accomplished oud player Marcel Khalife made into a beautiful song. Today, I am sharing another beautiful poem by Darwish called لا شيء يعجبني which literally means Nothing…

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To My Mother Posted by on Mar 21, 2013

Marhaba (مرحبا)! A few months ago, I introduced you all to one of my favorite Arab artists, the accomplished Oud player, composer and singer, Marcel Khalife (مارسيل خليفة). Mother’s Day in the Arab world falls on March 21st of every year, coinciding with the beginning of spring (الربيع) On the occasion of Mother’s Day, which…

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Bethlehem this Christmas Posted by on Dec 24, 2012

Bethlehem (بيت لحم) is holding a very special celebration this Christmas (عيد الميلاد).  A 15 meters long Christmas tree (شجرة عيد الميلاد) is lit, and a special mass (قداس) is held. Celebrating Christmas this year is very special at Bethlehem, as the Palestinians also celebrate the birth of their state after the UN has granted…

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Take Away My Passport Posted by on Nov 16, 2012

Marcel Khalife (مارسيل خليفة)is an accomplished oud (عود)player, singer, and composer. He was born on June 10, 1950 in Amchit, a coastal village next to Jbeil in Lebanon. He studied the Oud at the Beirut National Conservatory of Music, where he graduated in 1971. Following his graduation and starting in 1972 till around 1975, Khalife…

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