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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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our series of basic Arabic words continue! In this article we will approach the days of the week. After reading this you might notice that the name of the days in Arabic are in close relation to the number system (we posted an article here). Maybe you will want to arrange a meeting with someone on a specific day, or you want to tell someone...

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Marhaba! To continue our series of useful Arabic basics, we will present the Arabic number system. Don’t forget to check our previous articles regarding colors (linkhere), basic Arabic sentences (link here) and basic Arabic words (link here). We at Kaleela believe that we should first cover the basics, numbers being one of them. Let’s say you’re in one of the Arab cities, in a souq at a café with...

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