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Christmas in Hebrew and Arabic

With Christmas around the corner, I thought it only fitting to review how to say the holiday in Hebrew and Arabic while exploring its similarities and differences. As both Hebrew and Arabic belong to the Semitic family of languages, the similarities here outweigh the differences. Hebrew belongs to the Northwest Semitic family of languages whereas […]

The Top Arabic Language Resources for Professionals

For nearly a decade I’ve been working as an Arabic language professional, both in my capacity creating Foreigncy’s Arabic language lessons and in my career outside of Foreigncy in the world of investigative due diligence. Both pursuits require a high level of Arabic translation skills and therefore necessitate the best Arabic language tools available. When […]

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 […]