Learning Arabic Words & Expressions

Speak Arabic Like an Arab Mama or Baba

As he neared graduation, an Arab boy went to his father. “Baba, I’ve decided what I want to study,” the boy said.“What’s that, my son?” the father questioned.“I want to be an actor!” the boy exclaimed.The father answered with a laugh: “Oh, my boy, your pronouncing it wrong. It’s DOC-tor!” My father used to tell me that there’s a lot of truth in a joke and...

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Arabic Words and Phrases for Travel

With the recent concert by world-renowned rock band Coldplay in Amman, Jordan, and two Arab countries and two Arab cities (Morocco, Tunisia, Cairo, and Dubai, respectively) making Lonely Planet’s lists of the best countries and cities to travel to in 2020, it’s no wonder the Middle East is once again fast becoming the destination of choice for many travelers from around the globe. If you...

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emotions in arabic

If you’re one of the over ten million people who, like me, suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons, it’s that time of the year when you may be feeling a little more down than you do in those happy-go-lucky days of summer. However, I have some good news for you because today were going to try to...

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skangs in arabic

Yeah, yeah. I’ve heard the stories about how Arabic is a challenging language to learn, and how it always make at least the top two on lists of most difficult languages to learn.  And let’s not forget all of these Arabic dialects you should learn.  In all honesty, Arabic can be challenging at times, and it can be a bit confusing when trying to figure out whether you should learn...

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Arabic Vocabulary for Weddings

It’s that time of year when love is in the air in most Arabic-speaking countries and that can only mean one thing: If you met even a few Arab friends, you’re probably going to get a دعوة زفاف  daʻwat zifaaf  (wedding invitation) from at least one of them. So, to help you speak Arabic and feel a special part of the big day, we’re going...

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numbers in Arabic

In a previous article, we discussed asking for and understanding questions related to giving directions in Arabic. Unlike cardinal numbers which are mostly used for counting, ordinal numbers are used to order things in a first-second-third kind of format and come in pretty handy when giving directions, especially in a busy city like Amman, Jordan, where they have numbered circles and you want to tell...

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veryday-Arabic-for-Home

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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