Arabic Observations: Doubled Roots

مُزْدَوِج root: ز-و-ج / active participle of form VIII / definition: double I really love writing these Arabic Observations posts, because the way the Arabic language reveals its beautiful complexities—no matter how “small” they may be—deserves to be recorded.

Arabic Observations: Word Twins

تَوْأَم root: ت-و-ء-م / noun / plural: تَوائِم / definition: twin You notice many things when you look at the pages of Hans Wehr more than you see daylight. And time and time again, I’ve noticed this one phenomenon which I call (in my head) “word twins”.

Different Ways to Learn Vocabulary Through Association

عَلاقة root: ع-ل-ق / noun / plural: علاقات or عَلائق / definition: association, relation, connection There are some words in your target language that will cling on in your memory and others that will dig in their heels and refuse to go any further than the “vaguely familiar” section of your brain. For those stubbornContinue reading “Different Ways to Learn Vocabulary Through Association”