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About the Arabic Language
by Dr. Saghir
Arabic is one of the most important languages in our world, as it is spoken as a mother language by nearly 270 million people in 22 countries, and learned as a second or religious language by 800 million people. Arabic is written in its own alphabet derived indirectly from the Phoenician script, which is also the origin of Greek and Latin alphabets.
The written language of nowadays is not different from that of the sixth century A.D., although the spoken language has changed slightly and each region of the Arab world has developed its own accent and specific expressions forming the various dialects spoken today. The most important dialects are Egyptian, Shami, Maghrebi, Hijazi... Shami is spoken in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. The words of the songs, Sleep and The Chicken Song, are in that dialect, which is very close to the standard written language.
Here are some Arabic words with their meanings and pronunciations in English:
Below you can see some Arabic calligraphies...
- This year Eid al-Adha (a holiday that’s also known as Eid Kbir) is held on the 18th to the 20th around the Muslim world. It’s a festival celebrating Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son for Allah. Everyone dresses up and goes to the mosque to perform the Eid prayer. Families that can... Read more »
- This week we were fortunate enough to receive recordings of four Arabic songs from Lebanon. I’m posting one of the songs below for you to hear. Here’s Tic Tic Tic Sleiman’s Mother in Arabic, with an English translation and the transliteration, so you can listen along to hear how to pronounce it. If you’d... Read more »