Collective nouns, plurals and singular units are tricky in Arabic. What are the correct patterns, are they masculine or feminine and should we treat them as singular or plural? An overview
Maknuune is a new dictionary of Palestinian Arabic. I had a look at the excellent lexicon, but also checked other encyclopedias and study tools dealing with Palestinian Arabic.
I am a big fan of the Oxford Arabic Dictionary. Therefore, I am honored that one of the creators of this exceptional dictionary was available for the 9273-roots series: Jan Hoogland, a Dutch Arabic scholar and Moroccan Arabic expert.
Christmas is coming and for those who celebrate it or need a gift - Here are the TOP CHRISTMAS PRESENTS for Arabic nerds.
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.
In the 20th century, Arabic language material was scarce. During the Vietnam War, Reginald Hefner, had access to a language lab of the US military - and later discovered, how the Military's Arabic material was used by publishers around the world. He shares some reminiscences and anecdotes in this guest article.
In recent years many outstanding modern Arabic novels were translated into English. Part 3: authors from Yemen, Kuwait, Iraq, Sudan, Saudi-Arabia.
In recent years many outstanding modern Arabic novels were translated into English. Part 2: authors from Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco.
In recent years many outstanding modern Arabic novels were translated into English. Part 1: authors from Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine.