Learning Arabic Words & Expressions

Arab Sports

When most people think about the word sports, they think of conventional games such as soccer, cricket, and baseball, but in the Arab countries, sports often have another definition. Indeed, conventional sports are practiced throughout the region, and physical activities were part of Arab culture centuries before colonialism, reflecting the geographical specificity of the Arab World in relation to space, time and objects. Though the...

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Pronouns are incredibly elementary. They are simply the I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they, and other variations we are all familiar with. We learn how to use these at a young age in school as a required grammar lesson, and, although grammar on its own is exceptionally important, pronouns are also drastically important when it comes to identification communication. Learning to correctly apply pronouns...

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Directions In Arabic

Exploring Arabic speaking countries can be quite an adventure, but you need to know how to ask for directions in Arabic and to understand what you’re told. After all, if you don’t understand the directions, you might miss the very things you hoped to see.  However, first you need to know how to ask for directions, as it is a very common situation for the foreigner abroad. To...

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When making plans, appointments, and travel arrangements in Arabic speaking countries, you need to be able to state days and tell the time in Arabic. We’ve already posted an article about days in Arabic, so let’s cover the time words as well. First, however, let’s get familiar with some vocabulary on the subject of time. Clock in Arabic /Saa’at haa'it / ساعة حائط Time in Arabic /Waqt/ وقت Minute in...

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No matter how good your Arabic is, most people in Arabic speaking countries will know you’re not a native speaker, so if you’re a foreigner visiting or living in an Arab country, you might be frequently asked the following question: min ayn ant?/ من أين انت؟  . Basically, an Arab is asking you, “Where are you from?” You can answer this simply with the country you’re from: ana...

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How do you feel right now? What do you say when you’re happy or surprised, worried or embarrassed? Sometimes we have beautiful things to say and at other times, nastier things to utter. Sometimes we might be on the giving end of these things and occasionally on the receiving side of them. Our ability to interact with each other and manage our relationships with our peers...

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Humanity’s first means of transportation involved walking, running and swimming. With the domestication of animals, however, came the ability for people to not only go farther, faster astride these great creatures, but much heavier loads could also be carried by these beasts of burden. Even though Arabs used camels for transportation in the past, Middle Eastern countries are now more urbanized than the world average...

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The climate in the Middle East is pretty consistent throughout the region with only two seasons: winter and summer. Some people jokingly refer to them as hot and hotter.  Some might say that rainfall is almost nonexistent as most Middle Eastern countries consist of semi-arid and desert terrain, but that’s not always true. Rainfall varies considerably across the Middle East and even within countries. For example,...

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Space Vocabulary In Arabic

Astronomy is a natural science that studies celestial objects and phenomena. It applies mathematics, physics, and chemistry in an effort to explain the origin of those objects and other phenomena and their evolution. Objects of interest include planets, moons, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and comets, but also include phenomena such as supernova explosions. More generally, everything that originates outside of Earth’s atmosphere is within the purview...

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