Another Use of أصبح

اِسْتِخْدام root: خ-د-م / verbal noun of form X / plural: اِستِخْدامات / definition: use Previously, in this post, I mentioned that the verb أَصبَح / يُصبِح can mean “to become”. For example, “the man became a doctor” or “the situation became dire”—i.e. one thing becoming something else. But there’s another use of أصبح too.

Ideas for Language Learning in a Lockdown

إغْلاق root: غ-ل-ق / verbal noun of form IV / definition: lockdown, closing Classes cancelled, study abroad plans put on hold, and your sanity left bouncing between the same four walls for weeks on end… Most of us, in this coronavirus era, are in some form of lockdown or another. Since everyone is naturally copingContinue reading “Ideas for Language Learning in a Lockdown”

Three Meanings of حتّى

مَعْنَى root: ع-ن-ي / noun / plural: مَعانٍ / definition: meaning, sense I might be stating the obvious here, but learning those Arabic words with multiple meanings is really advantageous. I mean, learning a single word that you can use in numerous contexts to give rise to different meanings? Yes, please.

How to Say “No Longer” in Arabic

جُمْلَة root: ج-م-ل / noun / plural: جُمَل / definition: sentence, (grammatical) clause With some constructions, you won’t realise how often you’ll need to use them until after you learn them—and then you wonder why you hadn’t learnt them earlier! For me, this was one of them: creating sentences using “no longer” in Arabic.

Four Synonyms for “to Begin to” in Arabic

مُرادِف root: ر-د-ف / noun, active participle of form III / plural: مُرادِفات / definition: synonym About a month ago, I posted Four Common Words for “to Become” in Arabic. And now we can add some more variety to our Arabic mental lexicons again—this time with four common Arabic words for “to begin/start to”!

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.

One Way to Form -able/-ible Adjectives in Arabic

نَحْو root: ن-ح-و / noun / definition: grammar, syntax Negotiable, feasible, transferable, reversible, washable… All of these adjectives end in the -able/-ible suffix and indicate an ability or susceptibility to something (for example, something “measurable” is able to be measured, something “combustible” is susceptible to combustion, etc). Now, how can we express this category ofContinue reading “One Way to Form -able/-ible Adjectives in Arabic”

Arabic Headline Analysis #2

خَبَر root: خ-ب-ر / noun / plural: أخْبار / definition: news It’s safe to say that most of us are following the news more than ever now, now that we’re in the middle of an accelerating pandemic. And while headlines seem to be overwhelming in number, I’ve decided to pick a recent Arabic headline toContinue reading “Arabic Headline Analysis #2”

Four Common Words for “to Become” in Arabic

شائِع root: ش-ي-ع / adjective, active participle of form I / definition: common, widespread When you’re learning a new language, it’s all too easy to get comfortable with the core set of words you learnt at the very start, without even letting your mind venture into the realm of synonyms.

Small But Useful Arabic Phrases That You Need To Know (Part 2)

عِبارة root: ع-ب-ر / noun / plural: عبارات / definition: phrase, expression Back in December, I posted a list of Small But Useful Arabic Phrases That You Need To Know. But seeing as you can never have too much vocabulary in Arabic, I felt compelled to put together a Part 2—so here’s some more veryContinue reading “Small But Useful Arabic Phrases That You Need To Know (Part 2)”