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Arabic Alphabet Guide For Beginners – I Will Teach You A Language

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Learning the Arabic alphabet can be intimidating. It’s a bunch of different letters, is written in a different direction, and has a few rules that you need to keep in mind. Hard work indeed! I’ll be honest: learning the Arabic alphabet takes a bit of time. And learning how to actually use it takes longer. But it’s definitely doable. And really – it’s not even that difficult. Or at least not as difficult as you first assume! I promise. In this post, I’m covering some of the most important information about the Arabic alphabet. This includes the letters themselves, the four […]

Learn Arabic with BBC Xtra – Lingualism.com

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What is it? BBC Xtra is a daily two-hour live magazine program on BBC Arabic radio. A portion of the program is made available as a podcast and is usually around 30 minutes in length. The podcast features a discussion of an interesting social issue and includes listeners who call in to give their views. The callers provide an especially challenging and interesting bit of listening, as they often speak in colloquial Arabic–or mix in their local dialect with MSA. How can I get it? The BBC Xtra podcast is available from several sources. You can download it from BBC directly. […]

FACT CHECK: Is Kamala Harris Forcing Children to Learn Arabic Numerals in US Schools?

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Vice President Kamala has been making news ever since she won the elections. Of late she has been a subject of discussion on social media. Lately, a claim is being made on social media that Harris is forcing children to learn Arabic numerals in school. The claim stems from a report in a Facebook page that reads: “Kamala’s education bill forces children to learn Arabic numerals in all schools. This is happening in the United States of America.” Since then the post has gone viral and social media users have been trying to ascertain if Harris really has been moving […]

Did Kamala Harris Force Children to Learn Arabic Numerals in Schools? | Snopes.com

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On March 17, 2021, the America’s Last Line of Defense Facebook page published a meme. It featured a photograph of Vice President Kamala Harris. It read: “Kamala’s education bill forces children to learn Arabic numerals in all schools. This is happening in the United States of America.” This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The meme originated with a Facebook page associated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows: Everything on this website is fiction. It is not a lie and it is not fake news because it […]

Soraya’s Biscuits: The Best Educational Snack to Help Children Learn Arabic

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The famous letter biscuits that some of us grew up with have also an Arabic variant. Yassin El Abdellati from Belgium recently launched them on the market, and they are an immediate success, he says, also abroad. “I grew up with the letter biscuits myself, and with the arrival of my daughter, it was a shame that such a tasty and educational product was not yet available in Arabic characters”.  Inspired by his daughter  Yassin’s biscuits are made in the Belgium biscuit factory. Entrepreneur Yassin El Abdellati comes from real estate but got a different idea when his wife was […]

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 […]