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Learning Arabic Words & Expressions

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There are two kinds of people in this world – those who like to travel or go out often and those whom the Arabs call (بيتوتي) baytooti (a person who likes to stay at home). (Incidentally, in the Arabic language, as in English there is a difference between a منزل “manzil“ (house) and a بيت “bayt” (home). After all, a “manzil“ is just a “manzil”,...

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Arabic Vocabulary for Professions

I have worn many hats throughout my professional career. My very first job as a teenager was working as طاه – taahi (cook) at a famous fast food restaurant. Later, I was a مشغل الراديو - mushghil arraadyu (radio operator), حارس أمن - haaris ‘amn ( security guard),  علامة الرسام – ‘alaamat arrassaam (sign painter), and even worked for a while in بناء الطرق -...

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Arab-Sports-Vocabulary

No matter where you travel in the world, you’ll find people that love playing riyaaDa (sports), and this is also especially true of Arabs. Whether it’s individual sports like ملاكمة mulaakamah (boxing) or team sports like كرة القدم الامريكية kurat alqadam al’amreekiyah (rugby), you’re sure to find an Arab audience for it. Without a doubt, however, the most popular sport in the Arab world is كرة القدم kurat alqadam  In fact, it is the closest thing every country...

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Taking-the-Bus

One of the great advantages of living in the city is the variety of وسائل النقل العامة wasaa’il annaql al’aamah  (public transportation) that can shuttle you around that city. In most Arabic speaking countries, the cheapest form of transportation is usually the حافلة haafilah (bus). If you’re taking the Haafila from city to city, one of the benefits besides saving money is that you get to take in all the beautiful...

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How to properly use the Subject and the Verb in an Arabic Sentence

So far you’ve learned so many Arabic vocabulary words that you don’t know what to do with them. Well, in this article, Kaleela is going to show you exactly what to do with them by teaching you how to organize and structure your vocabulary into basic sentences in Arabic. Let’s get started! There are primarily three types of sentence structures in Arabic: the basic, the compound, and the clausal.  The basic has two...

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Parting Ways in Arab Culture

One interesting aspect related to saying “goodbye” in the Arab world is that saying goodbye can take a very long time! For example, I was on a phone call with an Iraqi student of mine one day and the end of the conversation went something like this:Me: “Okay, taalibee (my student), I will talk to you later.” Student: “Okay, ustaazee (my teacher).  Hello. Hello. Goodbye....

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