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Ibn Manzur, featured on a Tunisian stamp, 1987

20 questions for people who are passionate about Arabic

Lisan al-‘Arab (لِسان الْعَرَب), the famous dictionary of Classical Arabic, contains 9273 roots (and 4,493.934 words). A huge playground for people who are passionate about Arabic. In the series 9273 roots, I will interview people who teach, work with or simply love Arabic – people with dedication and passion for Arabic.

Each person is unique in a certain way. They will come from different parts of life and from all parts of the world, ranging from teachers, diplomats, journalists, language nerds, translators as well as more experienced and established experts.

Every person is asked the same 20 questions.

If you know an interesting person, please let me know!

So far, the following people have been interviewed:

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20 questions for: Betül Aslan (#30)

I have always come across excellent Arabic speakers in Turkey. Betül Aslan is one of them. "The reason for learning a language is the most critical point that affects the learning process", says Betül in interview #30 of the 9273 roots series.
Georg Binder

20 questions for: Georg Binder (#29)

An Austrian kid goes on vacation to Egypt and is so enthusiastic about Arabic that the 14-year-old starts learning Arabic on his own back in Austria. That's the story of Georg Binder. Learn more about him in episode 29 of the "9273…
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20 questions for: Uchechi Kalu (#28)

"From zero to fluent" is possible, says Uchechi Kalu. Learn more about Uchechi in Episode 28 of the "9273 roots"-interview series: The woman who developed a curriculum to reach conversational fluency in 1,5 years.
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20 questions for: Marco Rateitschak (#27)

"7 years for fluency plus a lifetime for mastery", that's the time needed to master Arabic, says Marco Rateitschak. Learn more about Marco in Episode 27 of the "9273 roots"-interview series: The man who traveled for 4 hours across mountains…
Sami Morcos

20 questions for: Sami Morcos (#23)

Episode #23 of "9273 roots": An interview with Sami Morcos – the man who created a great website that converts any number into Arabic text.
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20 questions for: Nesrin Amin (#22)

Episode #22 of my series "9273 roots": 20 questions for the woman who explains Egyptian Arabic expressions by annotated movie clips: Nesrin Amin.
Daniel Falk

20 questions for: Daniel Falk (#19)

Episode #19 of my series "9273 roots": 20 questions for the the man who masters simultaneous Arabic – German interpreting: Dr. Daniel Falk