Six Arabic Words for “Ocean” or “Sea”

ماء root: م-و-ه / noun / plural: مِياه / definition: water Autumn is officially here. And I’m sure of this because I’m wearing two pairs of socks, as I’m forced to every autumn or winter because my feet turn to ice—although my parents always tell me it’s not that cold and walk around as thoughContinue reading “Six Arabic Words for “Ocean” or “Sea””

Three Arabic Verbs for “to Show”

الثُّلاثاء root: ث-ل-ث / noun / definition: Tuesday Tuesday feels a little sleepy this week but I have no time to nap. My weekend was spent packing up the things I had left in my university flat which involved an eight-hour round trip (actually, nine with the traffic on the way back) and no progressContinue reading “Three Arabic Verbs for “to Show””

Three Ways to Say “Seize the Opportunity” in Arabic

حَرّ root: ح-ر-ر / noun / definition: heat I’ve been making the most of the heat and sun these two days with (very) mini sunbathing sessions in the garden fuelled by several litres of water and regular respite inside the somewhat-cooler house. Living in the UK, I feel like I need to make the mostContinue reading “Three Ways to Say “Seize the Opportunity” in Arabic”

Four Words for “Contradiction” in Arabic

قِطار root: ق-ط-ر / noun / plural: قِطارات / definition: train I’m back in London as of Sunday and I’m relieved. It feels much less… claustrophobic. The two-hour train journey here was neither fun nor productive though, because although I had planned to get some dissertation reading done on the journey, I only managed aboutContinue reading “Four Words for “Contradiction” in Arabic”

Some Form VI Verbs for “to Compete with One Another”

مُنافَسة root: ن-ف-س / verbal noun of form III / plural: مُنافَسات / definition: competition Form VI verbs typically refer to some sort of exchange, or mutual action. And competition, by nature, involves mutual participation. So let’s explore some of the form VI verbs that mean “to compete with one another”, and the roots they’reContinue reading “Some Form VI Verbs for “to Compete with One Another””

Eight Ways to Say “to Die” in Arabic

وَفاة root: و-ف-ي / noun / plural: وَفَيات / definition: death There’s life… and there’s death. And we have to know how to talk about both in Arabic. So I thought I’d compile a (non-exhaustive) list of words and phrases we can use to talk about the latter. (On a side note: a pat onContinue reading “Eight Ways to Say “to Die” in Arabic”

Four Arabic Verbs Meaning “to Urge”

مُغامَرة root: غ-م-ر / noun / plural: مُغامَرات / definition: adventure Somehow, my classmates and I are nearly halfway through our Amman adventure, and with all the new words and phrases we’ve been picking up, I couldn’t resist writing a vocabulary-based post this week. Now the specific set of synonyms in this post—which all meanContinue reading “Four Arabic Verbs Meaning “to Urge””

Two Arabic Verbs Meaning “to Harbour Feelings”

شُعور root: ش-ع-ر / noun / plural: مَشاعِر / definition: feeling, emotion After writing a 4000-word essay in a matter of days and sleepily submitting it at midnight, I’m finally feeling ready to jump into term two at university! And speaking of feelings (…smooth transition there), this week I wanted to show you two ArabicContinue reading “Two Arabic Verbs Meaning “to Harbour Feelings””

Three Ways to Say “Bloodshed” in Arabic

دَم root: د-م / noun / plural: دِماء / definition: blood Yes, yes, I know this word seems quite specific compared to the others in the synonyms series, but that’s why I was so interested when I found three Arabic phrases for the English term “bloodshed”. And—in all honestly, and quite unfortunately—with the topics universitiesContinue reading “Three Ways to Say “Bloodshed” in Arabic”

Three Arabic Words for “Obstacle”

صَعْب root: ص-ع-ب / adjective / definition: difficult Last week’s Wehr Wednesdays post included an Arabic word meaning “obstacle”, which is just one of those words that you’ll use frequently when writing Arabic essays or the like. So I thought why not look at three of the most common Arabic translations for it here? Interestingly,Continue reading “Three Arabic Words for “Obstacle””

Useful Arabic Phrases Meaning “Tantamount to”

عَكَسَ root: ع-ك-س / form I verb / present tense: يَعكِسُ / definition: to reflect I was toying with the title Fancy Ways to Say “Is” in Arabic for this post—which would have been reflective of the content, albeit a little ambiguous. Nevertheless, the phrases we’re going to look at in this post which—by dictionaryContinue reading “Useful Arabic Phrases Meaning “Tantamount to””

Four Arabic Verbs Meaning “to Listen”

أُذن root: ء-ذ-ن / noun / plural: آذان / definition: ear A few months ago, we took a look at a plethora of Arabic words that all mean “to look at”. Now, we’re adding to the synonyms series by exploring another common verb related to one of the senses: “to listen“!

Different Ways to Say “During” in Arabic

فَترة root: ف-ت-ر / noun / plural: فَتَرات / definition: interval, period Sometimes it’s the little things, right? Like those little words you end up using all the time and you’re left craving some variety. And here I bring you that variety—in the form of a small collection of Arabic synonyms, all meaning “during“.

Seven Arabic Verbs Meaning “to Happen”

حَدَث root: ح-د-ث / noun / plural: أَحْداث / definition: event, occurrence *Inhaling the scent of dictionary pages* Ahh… vocabulary! You’ve got no choice but to love expanding your mental lexicon, and learning synonyms of words you already know and use is a great way to do it! So here we have seven Arabic verbsContinue reading “Seven Arabic Verbs Meaning “to Happen””

Arabic Verbs for “to Look at”

بَصَر root: ب-ص-ر / noun / plural: أَبْصار / definition: sight I’m feeling really refreshed as I start this post (perhaps thanks to taking Friday off work and having a little time to breathe)! And as you’ve figured out from the title, it’s another addition to our synonyms series. Oh, I can’t explain just howContinue reading “Arabic Verbs for “to Look at””

Using كاد

مَشغولة root: ش-غ-ل / passive participle of form I, feminine / definition: busy I’ve finally got round to writing this post, as you can see, five or six months after I mentioned I would in Four Arabic Roots to Express the Phrase “on the Verge of”. But time’s not an issue for us Arabic learners, right?Continue reading “Using كاد”

Arabic Observations: Time of Day and “to Become” Synonyms

وَقْت root: و-ق-ت / noun / plural: أَوْقات / definition: time The first post in the synonyms series was Four Common Words for “to Become” in Arabic. By definition, the verb “to become” is inherently linked to time—it indicates that something first wasn’t and then came to be afterwards. But the synonyms of “to become” inContinue reading “Arabic Observations: Time of Day and “to Become” Synonyms”

Six Ways to Say “Can” or “to be Able to” in Arabic

قُدْرَة root: ق-د-ر / noun / plural: قُدُرات / definition: ability, capability For the vast majority of us, this past year has swirled into a nebulous stretch of time—a calendar that’s run away with itself and plunged into senselessness. One of the only things punctuating my weeks has been writing these posts (the Wehr WednesdaysContinue reading “Six Ways to Say “Can” or “to be Able to” in Arabic”

Four Particles That Mean “So That”

حَرْف root: ح-ر-ف / noun / plural: حُروف / definition: letter, (grammatical) particle It’s never too soon for another synonyms post, so this week we’re taking a look at four different particles we can use to express purpose—they can all be translated as “so that” or “in order to“.