Author: Gary Greer

Arab Culture and Traditions

Being Arab, like being an American, is a cultural trait rather than a racial one, and just as Americans are of mixed race, ethnic and religious backgrounds, so too are Arabs. Though they may be different from our own, it’s these cultural traits that define the Arab world’s values which is also the subject of today’s post. The Arab Population The Arab world is made up...

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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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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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World Arabic Language Day

Happy World Arabic Language Day! Every year since December 18, 2012, the whole world has been coming together to celebrate World Arabic Language day on December 18, because that’s the day in 1973 that Arabic became the sixth official language of the General Assembly of the United Nations. One of the most widely spoken languages in the world, Arabic is used in everyday life by over...

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henna night

One great thing you’ll notice when you start to learn Arabic language skills is that it’s also a great way to start to immerse yourself in Arab culture while you’re learning.  Since this is the time of the year when most people are talking about the holidays, and since some cultures see December as a lucky month be a bride, today’s subject is going to...

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Tips on How to Learn Arabic Language

“One of the best ways to learn anything is to teach yourself.”- U.S. Appeals Court Judge Giles Rich If you’re reading this right now, maybe you’ve decided to learn Arabic on your own. Maybe you don’t have enough time to learn Arabic online or in a formal classroom environment. Maybe you live too far away from the nearest academic institution or learning center and have decided...

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