Arabic in UK schools – Trialling at CFGS Devon

Arabic in UK schools – Trialling at CFGS Devon

In the sleepy coastal town of Brixham in South Devon, students are ambitiously broadening their horizons by learning the Arabic language. On the 10th of March 2017, five eager students at Churston Ferrers Grammar School turned up into the Modern Foreign Languages...
Email and Letter Signatures in Arabic

Email and Letter Signatures in Arabic

Signing off a letter is an important aspect of letter writing particularly if you are corresponding with an Arabic-speaking friend or colleague. Gestures are important in all aspects of Arabic communication and equally so in letters, emails and correspondence. The...
Hand gestures in the Arab world

Hand gestures in the Arab world

In the Arab world there is a language of hand gestures, which you can have great fun in observing. One gesture is associated with the Arabic word ta3aal (Come here, please. Come with me). Whereas Europeans signal for somebody to come with the palm of the hand facing...

A map of a thousand words …

I have often read George Friedman’s articles and books because they do offer interesting geo-political insights even though the analysis is often hawkish and contrary to my own Weltanschauung. In one of his latest articles he posts some maps without too much...