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The Coldest October in 25 Years for the Arabs Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Arabic Language, Grammar

Marhaba! First of all, allow me to wish you all Adha Mubarak (أضحى مبارك)! Today, I am sharing a video from Al Arabiya news station that discusses why October 2013 is proving to be the coldest month of the year for many Arabs in the Middle East. Rather than provide you with a reading comprehension exercise, today I have decided to provide you with a listening comprehension exercise. After presenting the video, I have some questions for you to answer. I reiterate that reading and listening comprehension exercises are extremely important for practicing Arabic, and in time, can you help out immensely in learning Arabic. With practice I am confident you will be able to listen to native Arabic speakers discuss common topics of interest as well as read and understand different texts, phrases, and passages. As always, I will give you all some time to work on your answers and then I will post the answers to the questions.


1. What is the main idea/ comment that the weather reporter is trying to say about this October?

2. What is the year the reporter mentions as being the record low that this October of 2013 is breaking?

3. Where is the drop in the temperature occurring geographically and which other adjacent countries is it affecting?

4. Which areas of Saudi Arabia are still experiencing high temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius?

5. What is the condition of the weather on the Eastern Mediterranean (Syria, Jordan and Lebanon)?

Stay tuned for the answers and upcoming posts.

Have a nice day!

نهاركم سعيد

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Salam everyone! Born as an American to two originally Arab parents, I have been raised and have spent most of my life in Beirut, Lebanon. I have lived my good times and my bad times in Beirut. I was but a young child when I had to learn to share my toys and food with others as we hid from bombs and fighting during the Lebanese Civil War. I feel my connection to Arabic as both a language and culture is severing and so it is with you, my readers and fellow Arabic lovers, and through you that I wish to reestablish this connection by creating one for you.