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)”

Saying “May” or “Might” in Arabic

مُصْطَلَح root: ص-ل-ح / noun / plural: مُصْطَلَحات / definition: term (e.g. linguistic or technical) If you’re studying Arabic, you’ll know that there is usually a plethora of corresponding Arabic terms for each English word—and you’ll also know that a lot of those Arabic words can carry a variety of different meanings based on theContinue reading “Saying “May” or “Might” in Arabic”

Explaining “Although”

تَفسير root: ف-س-ر / verbal noun of form II / plural: تَفاسير / meaning: explanation The phrase “بالرغم مِن أنّ ــــــ إلّا أنّ ـــــــ” means “although”–but how do we actually use it and what goes where?