Self-study courses of Arabic

Lonely learning If you want to learn Arabic at home or as part of a self-studs programme, this can be quite challenging. Nobody is there to help you. This experience is often called 'lonely learning'. The question arises, how can I learn Arabic alone and without a...

Arabic Language: Negative statements in the Present Tense

Negative statements with „la“ (لا)."No" There are several ways to make negative statements, depending on what you want to express. The most simple negative statement in the present tense is la (لا), which simply means "No" when translated. The following way of making...

As-salamu alaykum

As-salamu alaykum is the greeting of Muslims and Arabs around the world, often simply shortened to salaam. Different ways of spelling this in western script or transliteration are: assalamuʿalaykum, assalamu alaikum, as-Salaam-Alaikum. Why 'alaykum and not 'alayki?...

Tradition in Arabic Expression

One of the first things that you notice when learning Arabic is the rich tradition in Arabic expressions, greetings and their appropriate responses, many if not all of an Islamic nature. While studying abroad, I found that even if my vocabulary was limited or when my...

Three Language Learning Hacks

Learning a language is one of the most fascinating endeavours you can undertake, enabling you to delve into the intricacies of human communication and allowing you to interact with far-off peoples and cultures. However, let’s face it, this can also be a most...

Arab female singers: „Umm Kalthoum“ and „Fairuz“

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...

Arabic dialects across the Arab World

The Arabic language consists of several linguistic strands: two - Modern Standard Arabic and Classical Arabic - are prevalent across the Arab world. Then there are various Arabic dialects that differ across regions. Across the Arab World Modern Standard Arabic fusHa...

Expressing “have” in Arabic

In Arabic there is no verb that specifically expresses the concept "to have". Instead, in the Arabic language, you take a preposition and add a personal ending. There are several variations to this way of expressing 'have', but the principle is always the same. 'to...

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