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Popular Palestinian Proverbs

I recently purchased a copy of “Popular Proverbs: An entrance to Palestinian Culture” by Nasser M. Isleem and have found it to be an extremely valuable resource for my study of the Palestinian dialect. As any Arabic instructor or native Arabic speaker will tell you, mastering the ability to seamlessly and appropriately weave proverbs into your Arabic conversations goes a long […]

The Majalla Story at UChicago

UChicago Majalla is an Arabic-language publication created and produced entirely by students at the University of Chicago and established to promote Arabic-language use on campus. The magazine debuted in 2016 and was created out of the belief that the diversity among Arabic students at the university could be harnessed to promote language acquisition. A year later, […]

In Solidarity With France

Following the horrific attacks in Paris, the nations of the world, including those in the Middle East, have come out in solidarity with France. As you follow Arabic-language news coverage of the events unfolding in Paris and the world, you will continue to see various forms of the word تَضَامُن (taaDamun), which means solidarity, appear […]

Eastern Arabic Colloquium: Lahalla2 3am Jarrib

Foreigncy’s August 23 Arabic post provided a link to An Nahar’s profile of Lebanese comedian Wissam Kamal’s new stand up comedy series Lahalla2 3am Jarrib (لهلّأ عم جرّب), which in Lebanese Arabic means ‘I have been trying (experimenting, testing things out)’ / I’m still trying (experimenting, testing things out)’, or literally, ’til now I am […]

Why Relying On Google Translate Is A Bad Idea

This article by Foreign Policy was brought to my attention recently and while it is humorous to think of American Senators sending nonsensical correspondence to foreign leaders, the article is also a perfect example as to why Google Translate cannot be relied on for accurate translations of large text. In case you don’t want to read the linked […]

Arabic Pledge of Allegiance

Multiple news sources have recently reported on the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic in a school in New York that drew criticism from the parents of some of the students. The Arabic recitation was part of a language-week initiative at the school. The incident, which prompted the school to adopt an English-only […]