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The World Mourns: Goodbye Nelson Mandela Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Arabic Language, Culture

Marhaba! Yesterday, the world lost a great figure. The world lost Nelson Mandela, a pioneer of freedom, equality, and justice. The world lost such an important individual that in fact had the ability to make the world a better place. Millions of people around the world are mourning and are taking to different social media outlets to voice their respect for the great Nelson Mandela.


I am sharing a news video from Al Arabiya station on Nelson Mandela’s death. This is another 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. How many years did Mandela spend in prison?

2. When was Nelson Mandela born?

3. When did he become the president of South Africa, and what major event preceded that?

4. What international issues did Mandela take on after he ended his term of presidency?

5. What does Mandela represent as a model and a symbol?

Stay tuned for the answers and upcoming posts.

Have a nice day!

نهاركم سعيد

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About the Author: jesa

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.


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