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Arabic Words in Persian

Persian language learners might recognize a significant presence of Arabic words in the Persian language. Arabic loanwords and phrases are ubiquitous in Persian Farsi: some are derived from Islamic expressions while others are the result of 7th century Arab military forces occupying the Iranian plateau. The Arabic word for “God”, /allah/, is not surprisingly an example […]

Arabic Social Media & Cyber Vocabulary

As in English, Arabic social media vocabulary and terminology is rapidly developing. Often times, when new concepts arrive, like tweeting for example, Arabic-language media will initially borrow the English word directly, like تويت for ‘tweet’ and بلاغ for ‘blog’. These are still often used, but major Arabic news media outlets have slowly been settling on Arabic-origin […]

Mount Carmel Arabic Immersion

In today’s blog post we interviewed the director of the Mount Carmel Arabic Immersion program in northern Israel. The Arabic immersion program offers classroom and individual study that focuses on the spoken Arabic dialect in northern Israel and the Druze community. A critical part of the Arabic immersion program is the students’ integration into the […]

Eastern Arabic Dialect Introduction

Eastern Arabic is a reference to the collections of Arabic dialects spoken east of the Sinai peninsula. While far from a cohesive group of tongues, the dialects in this broad area are mutually intelligible not only to the native speaker, but, after a brief period of familiarization and exposure, to the diligent Arabic student as […]

Eastern Arabic Dialect: Nassam 3aleina l-hawa

For this installment of the Eastern Arabic Dialect, we’re taking a break from the nitty gritty of spoken Arabic’s grammatical nuances. Instead, let’s sit back and listen to the lessons of some of Arabic’s most prolific professors, the Rahbani Bros, who wrote this landmark song, nassam 3aleina l-hawa نسّم علينا الهواء, performed by Fairouz, a […]