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The Blog Keeping Track of the World’s Inability to Properly Write Arabic

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When you see a foreign language on screen, do you look up if it’s accurate? You probably assume the folks who made it did the research, even if you have no idea if that’s true and…maybe don’t care? That presumption, one we’re all guilty of and serves to perpetuate such practices, is the premise of Nope, Not Arabic, an ongoing blog by game designer and artist Ramsey Nasser, cataloging the many instances of this issue with the Arabic language. I stumbled into Nope, Not Arabic last month, following the release of Hitman 3, because this image from the assassination simulator […]

To be a good neighbor in Israel, learn Arabic idioms. – The Forward

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Courtesy of Getty Images Palestinian olive pickers by Al Mughayyir When I made Aliyah 31 years ago, I told the bespectacled bureaucrat at the Ministry of Interior that his repeated demands for arcane, unobtainable and unnecessary documents were driving me bananas. I said this in Hebrew, translating it word for word: ata noheg oti bannanot. Complete silence. As there was not a banana in sight, the clerk had no idea what I was talking about. This made me realize that idioms don’t translate from one language to the next. I quickly bought a book on Hebrew idioms so I could […]

How to Learn Arabic: Native Resource Guide

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We all know the best and fastest way to master a language is through immersion. Not only are you surrounded by the language daily, but you also pick up idioms and cultural nuances that you typically can’t learn from a textbook. But what if traveling to a different country isn’t realistic right now? If you’re learning Arabic, there are a ton of ways you can incorporate the language into your everyday life. Read on for recommendations for movies, TV shows, podcasts, and news resources that will speed up your learning process while also teaching you native speaker vocabulary and phrases. […]

Speak Arabic: Egypt Launches Initiative Promoting Arabic Language and Egyptian Culture

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Egypt’s Ministry of Emigration and Egyptian Expatriate Affairs announced this week the official launch of the ‘Speak Arabic’/’Etkallem Arabi’ (اتكلم عربي) initiative. The initiative, which was also welcomed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and will form part of its celebration to mark World Arabic Language Day on 18 December, aims to promote Arabic language and Egyptian culture and identity, primarily to and among second and third generation Egyptians living abroad. “We are targeting children and youth who have lived abroad their entire lives or moved abroad at a young age,” said Minister of Emigration and […]

We Teach Arabic on Staten Island, Why Can’t We Teach it in Oakland, Oakland Families Want Answers – Great School Voices

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Oakland has roughly 1000 students from Arabic speaking homes.  Most of these students are Yemeni.  Many of these students have to fight for their culture, community, and dignity within the schools.  We have carried the stories.  Students being harassed by students and teachers, or having to change schools rather than violate their religious beliefs.  Overall, Yemeni students are also some of the lowest achieving students in Oakland.  They are exactly the students that the public schools should be catering to, designing responsive programs for, and understanding why things aren’t working now. But over the years OUSD has been great at […]

Arab Linguistic Imperialism and the Decline of Arabic: Does anyone speak Arabic? Part 1 | Arabizi- اللغة العربية

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In trying to understand the sociolinguistic situation of Arabic all avenues and opinions must be considered, I have pasted below an article/paper by Franck Salameh a professor at Boston College, with interest in Arabic, nationalism and in particular Lebanese politics and history.  He is concerned with presenting a clear picture of what Arabic language means to Arabic speakers and considers issues not from a panic-stricken premise but from a thoughtful stance informed by facts, history, experience and research. He connects language with important social variables like Arabism, identity, and what it means to speak Arabic, which is ideal if one […]

How Difficult Is It to Learn Arabic? | Teacher Finder

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According to the British Council, Arabic is on its way up. Although it has long been a favourite among students looking to get a hang of a more exotic language, learning Arabic has been becoming more popular over the recent years. This is understandable – in addition to packing some serious cultural and historical punch, Arabic is also the language spoken in oil-rich Gulf countries, and in parts of Africa that are quickly becoming the world’s quickest expanding markets. All of this provides great economic incentives for learning this beautiful, yet puzzling language. For those of us contemplating jumping head […]

How to Sing the Nasheed Arabic alphabet « Arabic Language & Culture :: WonderHowTo

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4 Best Newspapers To Help You Learn Arabic

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Newspapers are one of the best resources you can use when learning a language. By reading the very latest news you’ll expose yourself to the most relevant language, gaining an understanding through a range of Arabic speakers. Learning Arabic and want to know which newspapers to look for? We can help! Here are the best newspapers to help you learn Arabic. Photo via Flickr Al-Ahram is one of the most comprehensive news sources you will find in Arabic. Founded in Egypt in 1875, this broadsheet first started out as a weekly publication but has grown into a daily newspaper with […]

How to Write and Pronounce Arabic Alphabet

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Learn to Write and Pronounce Arabic-Based Scripts There are many languages that use Arabic-based scripts, like Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Sorani Kurdish and more. A lot of learners find Arabic-based scripts hard to recognize, let alone write and pronounce. In this article, I’d like to use Sorani Kurdish as an example to share with you how to write and pronounce Arabic-based scripts as fast as possible. Source: Wikipedia Why We Use Sorani Kurdish as an Example We use Sorani Kurdish as an example to easily learn the varieties of the Arabic alphabet for 2 reasons: Reason #1: There are no […]