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The late American chef, world traveler, raconteur and foodie Anthony Bourdain once said, “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together,” and no words could ring more true if you are studying Arabic and want to learn more about the culture.  In fact, whether you’re visiting one of the many Arab speaking countries or you have an Arabic language partner right...

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With Eid al Adha approaching in just a few weeks, we thought this would be a great time to learn Arabic vocabulary for holidays, plus we’re going to give you a few greetings that you can learn to wish your friends who are celebrating a happy holidays in Arabic. In most Arabic speaking countries, there are two major holidays: Eid al-Fitr (عيد الفطر) and Eid Al-Adha...

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Our five senses – sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell – seem to operate independently, as though they are five separate and distinct modes of perceiving the world. In reality, however, they collaborate closely to enable the mind to better understand its surroundings. We can become aware of this collaboration under special circumstances, and Arabs seemed to have had an understanding of this a long...

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If you’ve ever lived near or been in contact with Arabs, you know they take their food seriously. And it’s not just the food, but it’s also the ingredients that go into making it. Their cuisine is rich and diverse because they emphasize the freshness, colors, textures, and smell of everything they cook. As a result, you’ll find Arabic cooking colorful and tasty and its...

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As any culture, animals (hayawanat) have great meaning in the Arab world. Some of these animal traits inspired parents to name their children. Many Arab men and women are named after strong and graceful wild animals. This is deeply rooted in the history of ancient Arab and Middle Eastern culture, where people were influenced by their surrounding environment and nature. Also, animals are greatly respected...

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