Translation & Expression
Arabic can be frustrating – when you know all words but don’t understand the expression. You need the historical or cultural background or the grammar to get the meaning.
MADAR is a remarkable tool to analyze Arabic dialects. The database contains 2000 sample sentences, each translated into the dialect of 25 Arab cities. Here is how to use it.
Do you know what fasheikh means? Anyone trying to follow young Egyptians on social media will often fail because of the language. TikTok, rap and chat culture are changing dialects like never before. Some background and examples of slang.
Superman is called Kal El. Batman's enemy is Ra's al-Ghoul. Many names in the comic universe have an Arabic or Hebrew flavor. Why is that? And what do they mean?
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.
People who study Egyptian Arabic are often confused when they want to say "next week" or "last week". In fact, there are several options. Let's check them.