Music plays an important role in every language. With music you can certainly learn better and it’s always interesting to listen to the words of a song. In Arabic countries, young people today hear a lot of American music, but Umm Kalthoum and Fairuz  still play an important role.

An Arab saying is that you listen to Fairuz in the morning and Umm Kalthoum in the evening. Certainly, you can often hear  Fairuz in a taxi in the early morning when you’re on the road. This great singer can be heard on the radio and all other media. In the evening you often hear Umm Kalthoum from cars and apartments.


Fairuz was born in Beirut on November 20th,1934. She is considered “the mother of the Lebanese nation”. Her stage name Fairuz means turquoise. She is a Christian singer and has provided Christians of the Arab world with Christmas carols that can also be used to learn some Arabic.

(biktub ismak ya Habeebee / بكتوب اسمك يا حبيبي /   I write your name, darling)

Umm Kalthoum

Umm Kalthoum was an important and great Egyptian-Arabic singer. She was born on May 4th,1904, in Cairo and died on February 3rd, 1975, in this city. She was and still is very well known, comparable to Maria Callas and the Beatles in the western world.

She was undoubtedly the Middle East’s most gifted singer and musician of this century and has been tremendously popular for over 50 years. To this day her  music is still played.

For example:

(anta 3umree / أنت عمري – You are my life)


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