Author: Gary Greer

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Syria is a moderately large country that includes many different religious and ethnic groups. You will hear of Arabs, Assyrians, Kurds, Armenians, Circassians, and Turkmen who differ in cultural traditions. As a result, writing about the subject of traditional Syrian clothing can prove to be challenging. There is more than one Syrian way to dress. It ranges from city to city and from region to...

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Caution: Do not eat this article while hungry! Otherwise, read it to find out all about mansaf - the national dish of Jordan!

If you ever have a chance to visit the Kingdom of Jordan, more than likely someone will invite you… wait. Let me rephrase that. If you don’t do anything else in this life, go to Jordan and eat mansaf. Put it on your bucket list, on your wish list, on your calendar – whatever you have to do! Just go to Jordan and eat mansaf! Look, you don’t have to...

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Arabic Audiobook

A lot of Arabic articles focus on how to learn to read Arabic better or learn to speak Arabic better. However, it's few and far between that you’ll find articles to help you with your listening comprehension skills. This is mostly because, until recently, there haven’t been a whole lot of resources to practice your Arabic listening skills outside of Arabic audios on YouTube or...

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how are you in arabic

So you’ve learned to say “Hello” and a handful of other basic greetings in Arabic at least a dozen ways, but there’s more to conversation than just saying “Hi”. When you’re Arabic speaking friend says, “Hello, how are you?” in Arabic you want at the very least to be able to say, “I am good” in Arabic, and that’s what this article is all about...

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Arab Culture: How Arabian Rugs Have Been Tying Rooms Together for Centuries

Arabian rugs seem to have had a special, sentimental place in homes all over the world for hundreds of years. In fact, it was the whole plot summary behind the 1998 Coen Brothers cult film, “The Big Lebowski”, where the story’s protagonist, Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined (and later stolen) Arabian rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it...

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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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arabic coffee

If you travel to the Middle East and you’re not a coffee drinker, you will be soon enough. Coffee in Arabic speaking countries is as much part of everyday culture as it is a culinary tradition. Get over your ideas of your coffee maker because in the Middle East it’s prepared quite differently. Generally, “Arabic” coffee means coffee that is prepared the Turkish way and there...

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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 we're going to try to...

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