How do you manage to motivate yourself to learn Arabic for years, even decades? Marco Rateitschak has been learning Arabic since 1999. In a guest article, he describes his journey and offers valuable advice for anyone in such a situation. A survival guide for lifelong learners of Arabic.
The English term "nerd" is difficult to translate and should be left untranslated. However, if one insists on a translation: what is "nerd" in Arabic? Let's have a look at various Arabic dialects.
Arabic videos with English or Arabic subtitles are rare. Some YouTube vloggers and channels do offer that. Here are some recommendations.
Ulric Shannon is currently studying and absorbing Iraqi Arabic in Baghdad. In a long interview, the Ambassador of Canada, who is not only passionate but also impeccably knowledgeable of Arabic, tells us about the characteristics and specialities of Iraqi Arabic and gives some book recommendations.
A list of Arabic swear words and curses. Collected from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia and other Arab countries.
A list of the best Android and iOS apps and websites for translating Arabic words into English. Most of them are free.
The Arabic TV series (musalsal) Black Crows غرابيب سود is on Youtube - with English subtitles (and on Netflix). It depicts life under ISIS.
In Arabic, there are words that don’t look Arabic - and they aren't. The etymology of basha, bakshish, sitt, efendim, khan, dulab, fingan and Khorchide.
In Arabic there are words that don’t look Arabic - and they aren't. The etymology of liman, odah, dondurma, shish tawouk, gazma, dughry, fihris.
In Arabic there are words that don’t look Arabic - and they aren't. The etymology of Baltagi, Idda, shanta, daftar, dukkan