Six Ways to Say “All of” in Arabic

مُفْرَدات root: ف-ر-د / noun, plural / definition: vocabulary It’s time to add another post to the synonyms series! I know, I know, it’s very hard to maintain any trace of composure with this level of excitement surging through your neurons, but please remain in your seats—we have learning to do: this week we’ll beContinue reading “Six Ways to Say “All of” in Arabic”

Step-by-Step Arabic Literature Translation #2

رِوايَة root: ر-و-ي / noun / plural: روايات / definition: novel Note: this is part two of the previous Step-by-Step Arabic Literature Translation, so if you haven’t read that one yet, you might want to start with that first! We’ll keep this introduction short because it’s safe to assume this will be a very longContinue reading “Step-by-Step Arabic Literature Translation #2”

Step-by-Step Arabic Literature Translation

أَدَب root: ء-د-ب / noun / plural: آداب / definition: literature The shift from simplified pieces of writing in Arabic textbooks to your first encounter with an Arabic novel can will be intimidating. You’ll likely note (amidst your “mild” panic at the sheer amount of words between your hands that you’ll have to mentally decipher)Continue reading “Step-by-Step Arabic Literature Translation”

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”