Author: Gary Greer

If you’re learning Arabic but you’re afraid of making common Arabic mistakes, then read this article and learn from the mistakes of others.

One of our favorite quotes is by the late Dr. Weston Agor,  once a world-renowned professor of public administration. He once said, “Making common Arabic mistakes simply means you are learning faster.”  However, if we believe the dear professor’s sage words are true, then most of us should have been speaking Arabic after only two weeks. Or at least that’s how we’ve all felt at...

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Curious about how Muslims perform Hajj? Read all about it below.

Making the pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the five pillars of Islam. It’s also every Muslim’s dream to make the journey at least once in their lifetime. However, what does making the Hajj journey entail? That’s the question we will answer today as we explain how to perform Hajj and Umrah. Additionally, we’ll also discuss some of the hajj rituals and their meaning. So,...

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Here are some Dos and Don’ts when visiting an Arab country. Learn Arabic customs and etiquette to make your trip more enjoyable

Middle Eastern cultures and traditions are not quite the same as the culture and traditions and etiquette you’re likely used to. That means if you plan on visiting an Arab country, like for example, Lebanon, understanding Arabic customs and etiquette will make your visit more enjoyable. If you plan on studying abroad in Egypt or doing business in Morocco, here’re some Arab culture facts to know: Faith One...

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Check Out The Big Brain on Brett: How a Second Language Can Boost the Brain

There are many benefits to learning Arabic as a second language, but does learning a new language make you smarter? Well, scientists seem to think that it does. So, with that in mind, today let’s look at what happens to your brain when you learn a new language. You’re Never Too Old to Benefit from Learning Arabic Dr. Thomas Bak is a lecturer at Edinburgh's School of...

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The Difference Between Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Arabic

By now you’ve likely noticed there seems to be more than one Arabic language. And you’d be right. In fact, today there are 30 Arabic dialects throughout the Arab region today. What’s more is that, once students figure this out, they often ask, “What is the hardest Arabic dialect?” If they are thinking to travel to Egypt, the question then becomes “Should I learn Modern Standard...

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What is special about Arabic and why is the Arabic language so beautiful

Arabic has been around for quite awhile. So, just how old is the Arabic language? Well, it goes back to at least the 6th century, though some experts believe it could even be older. And a 1,500-year-old language surely has had to pick up some surprising facts that came along with it over the years. So, today, why don’t we let’s at some fun Arabic facts?...

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Want to improve your Arabic language skills? Try listening to a little more and everything else will follow. Read on to find out what we mean.

As a new Arabic learner, the two skills you’re likely eager to learn first are speaking and listening. In fact, we’d guess that most people want to learn to speak Arabic before any other language skill. That is, probably, you're more likely to improve speaking skills before you’ll learn how to improve your Arabic writing skills. However, what if we said to learn how to...

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Accentuate the Positive: Achieving a Good Arab Accent

The goal of every Arabic student is to not only speak Arabic fluently, but also to speak it with a flawless accent. And throughout your studies, you’ll get all sorts of advice on how to achieve that. By far, one piece of you’ll hear most often includes moving to an Arabic-speaking country for total immersion. However, not everyone has the chance to just drop everything...

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Planning on traveling to the Arab world soon? Here are some Arabic phrases for travel to get you started on the journey of a lifetime.

Some of the best experiences in life are had when one travels abroad. Indeed, when you travel to another country and immerse yourself in its culture, it can be fun and exciting. However, speaking that country’s language, even if it’s just a few words, can offer you an even richer experience. For instance, while poring over those brochures of Petra, did you ever think about...

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National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

You might have seen something in the news earlier this year about mummies being paraded down the streets of Cairo. As incredible as the story may sound, it is, indeed, true and was dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade. On April 3, twenty-two kings and queens, each lying on its own swanky war chariot, made their way through Egypt’s capital.  They were, in fact, being moved about...

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