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Not sure whether you should learn Egyptian or Levantine Arabic? Find out which one may be best for you in the article.

If you’ve decided to learn Arabic online or in a classroom, you may have noticed that there seems to be a lot of regional dialects within the language. Many Arabic-speaking countries speak different variants of the Arabic language. This is especially true in both Egypt and Lebanon. As a result, if you’re planning on traveling to one of these two countries for business or pleasure,...

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Ordinal numbers indicate the position or order of something. Get everything in order as we show you how ordinal numbers are used in Arabic

In a previous article, we discussed asking for and understanding questions related to giving directions in Arabic. Unlike cardinal numbers which are for counting, ordinal numbers in Arabic are for ordering things in a first-second-third kind of format. They're pretty useful when giving directions. This is especially in a busy city like Amman, Jordan, where they have numbered circles and you want to tell the...

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We sure are excited about today’s article on the ululations!

It’s that time of the year again when wedding bells start ringing out all round the world. Well, that is, unless you live in the Arab world. There it’s that time of year when the zaghrootah (زغروتة) start trilling out throughout the region ululation. “So, what is the zaghrootah?” you might ask. It’s a kind of a long, wavering, shrill of joy created by making a high-pitched,...

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If you want to learn Egyptian, it can be as smooth as sailing down the Nile. Learn about the most widely-spoken dialect in Arabic

Egyptian Arabic is the Arabic dialect in Egypt with nearly 65 million speakers. The locals call it maSree (مصري). Not only is it is largest of the spoken Arabic dialects, it is also probably the most well-known dialect. This is because of the popularity of Egypt’s films, plays, music and television series throughout the Middle East. One good reason to learn the Egyptian dialect is...

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If you thought the hijab was the only famous Arab headdress, think again! The keffiyeh is actually quite popular around the Middle East

I’ll never forget the first time I saw someone wearing a Keffiyeh. It is the traditional Arab headdress, in the shape of a square scarf. It was a cold winter’s day in Amman, Jordan, and one my students was wearing this beautiful, traditional Palestinian black and white Keffiyeh around his neck. “Wow, that’s a beautiful scarf” I said. “Where did you get it?” “Thanks, teacher. It’s...

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