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The New “Penguin” Dance in Arab Weddings! (2) Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Arabic Language, Culture

Marhaba! I hope you enjoyed reading the fun article from the previous post as much as I did. More importantly, I hope the text was easy to comprehend and that you were able to answer all the questions as well as translate the phrase in Arabic to English. In this post, I present you with the answers and a YouTube of several Arabs trying out the new Penguin dance. I find that different types of comprehension exercises are among some of the many smart ways to learn Arabic and are crucially important for learning adeptly. I encourage you all to revisit the different comprehension exercises that we provide to improve your Arabic language skills.



  1. تبدأ بركلتين سريعتين الى اليسار، ثم الى اليمين، ثم قفزة صغيرة الى الأمام، تليها قفزة ثانية الى الوراء لتنتهي بثلاث قفزات الى الأمام مرة أخرى. ويكرر المشاركون هذه الحركات مرات عدة.

It starts with 2 quick kicks to the left, then to the right, then a small jump to the front, followed by a second jump to the back, to finish with three jumps to the front again. The participants repeat these moves over and over again.

  1. ويعود أصل رقصة “البطريق” إلى رقصة فلكورية – تسمى “ينكنا” (Jenkka) – اشتهر بها سكان فنلندا في المناسبات الاحتفالية مثل الأعياد والأعراس. رقصة “البطريق” انتشرت بين الشباب العربي خلال الأسابيع الماضية بعد ظهور  مقطع فيديو آواخر سبتمبر/ أيلول من العام الماضي. ويـُظهر الفيديو أداء للرقصة بقيادة “بطريق” مرح في حفل زواج في ألبانيا.

The “Penguin” dance has origins in a folkloric dance named Jenkka that people of Finland became famous for in celebrations like weddings and holidays. The “Penguin” dance spread between Arab youth in the last few weeks due to the appearance of a video clip in late September of last year. The video shows the dance being performed by a leading fun ‘penguin’ in an Albanian wedding.

  1. حقق المقطع حتى الآن ما يقارب نصف مليون مشاهدة على موقع يوتيوب.

The clip has gathered up till now approximately half a million views on YouTube.

  1. كثيرا من الشباب الذين أعجبوا بها أدوها في بيوتهم أو أثناء رحلات برية أو حتى في المدارس والطرق العامة.

A lot of the youth who liked it performed it in their homes or during field trips or even in schools and public streets.

Translation into English:

And like earlier trends such as ‘harlem shake’ and ‘gangnam style’, tens of Arabic video clips of the “penguin’ dance spread of which most where from Saudi Arabia, like the clip that a young man named Loai al-Jbari published on youtube and, and pictures of the dance with the participation of youth as they celebrated a Palestinian wedding in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts.

Have a nice day!

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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.