Author: Gary Greer

You’ve seen us mention the fact that Arabic is one of the fastest growing languages in the world, moving up from fifth to fourth place in 2019’s list of most often used languages in the world at 422 million speakers. And with that many people with Arabic as their native tongue that starts with Moroccan Arabic in the west to the Gulf Arabic of Dubai...

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As you begin studying Arabic, you’ll learn a lot about both the language and the culture; however, there are some secrets of the Arabic language that you won’t find in a textbook or on an online app (except for the Kaleela Arabic learning app, of course). Here are 20 of them: Arabic is spoken by around 315 million people, ranking it as the 5th most spoken...

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One question we hear quite often at Kaleela is, “I’m learning Arabic for beginners, but I want to learn it more quickly. What’s the best way to do that?” Well, whether you’re trying to teach yourself Arabic or still in your classroom’s beginner’s Arabic book, you’re in luck today. Why’s that? Well, that’s because today we’re showing you with three smart ways that you can...

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Every year since 1999, Time magazine has announced its TIME 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. 2020 is no different. As in years past, Arabs prominently appear next to their colleagues from all over the world on the list that is divided into different sections that include “Pioneers,” “Artists,” “Leaders,” “Icons” and “Titans”.  As a result, past lists have...

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In English, definite nouns are usually preceded by “the” (i.e. the book, the students) and indefinite nouns with “a”,  “an”  or no article at all(i.e. a student, tables). Arabic also kind of works the same way as it has definite and indefinite nouns. In Arabic, the Arabic definite article attaches to the word that it precedes. theالـthe bookالـكتاب When the definite article comes before a noun, then that...

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Quick! When you think of the traveling to the Middle East, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? I’m quite sure it’s not lush forests or oceans blue; rather the first thing you thought of was the desert, right?  You’re not alone in that because when people think about going on vacation, they don’t think about deserts, but they imagine a cabin in the...

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Business Sectors Trending on Instagram Today in the Middle East

One of the fastest growing sectors in the Middle East are Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) with some estimates predicting that by 2022 the sector will bring in about $920USD billion to the Gulf Cooperation Council members alone. Add to that the fact that more than 40% of the GCC’s population is under 25 and you can see why many countries within the council have...

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When we talk about textile arts what we mean is using plant, animal, or synthetic fibers to create objects that are designed either for everyday use or for decorative purposes.  Even though it pre-dates Islam, producing and trading textiles has long been an important part of Arab culture, and thanks to the Silk Road, many Middle Eastern cities prospered from the making and selling of...

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It’s no secret that when you’re learning a language, you’re also learning a culture. This means if you’re learning Arabic, you’re also learning about Arab culture, so why don’t you use the culture of Arab TV to learn to speak Arabic better? We’ve talked before about the amazing Egyptian film industry and how watching films in Arabic can help you better learn Arabic language skills, but...

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Prior to the Tower of Babel event known as the “confusion of tongues” (confusio linguarum), religious scholars and historians believe that the world only spoke one language. Whether this is true or not is not known for certain, but what linguists are sure of is the fact that thousands of languages have come into existence ever since the creation of that first language. Quite a...

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