الإبجدية اللإنجليزية – والحروف العربية The English Alphabet & Arabic Letter Equivalents

https://youtu.be/Vr-ZlspJOhQ How would you explain "y" sounds using Arabic letters? Hello everyone!   This post is for my English learners (and perhaps Arabic learners may find this useful as well!). About a year ago, I filmed a video on letters in the English alphabet and what their Arabic "equivalents" would be. It was an interesting challenge--as Arabic has "long vowels" and "short vowels." Going through the sounds and letter combinations reminded me why I love these…

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How to Get Your Texas License to Carry: Zero to LTC in a Month

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https://youtu.be/fNIceqv-_qM Hello from one of Texas' newest LTC holders! Hello everyone!   I recently received my Texas License to Carry in the mail and wanted to give you the lowdown on my experience -- what you need to know for the test, what the process is like, and some advice. Although I never considered myself a gun enthusiast, I've wanted to learn the basics for a while. As a new resident in Texas, it made sense to…

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My Secret Life as an MMA Fighter: Afternoon with KANA Self Defense in Houston

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https://youtu.be/iGg_nDiIn30 Welcome to KANA Self Defense, LLC! Hello everyone!   Happy weekend! for those of you fasting, Ramadan Kareem! كل عام وانتو بخير  Houston has great local businesses. I recently had the opportunity to visit Kawayne Kennedy with KANA Self Defense, LLC. In this video, Kawayne talks about self-defense education, Hollywood combat sequences, situational awareness, and more! I even got a mini lesson with some moves that you may find useful. Hope you enjoy!   As always, please LIKE…

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WHY I Moved from LA to Houston + another thing that SHOCKED Me

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https://youtu.be/YKB5QIahN2A Howdy and welcome back! Hello everyone!   Happy Friday. In this video I talk about a few reasons that made me decide to move after approx. 3.5 years in Los Angeles. What a journey it's been!I also talk briefly about Texas liquor laws and driving/traffic in Houston. Note: I filmed the first part of this video in January and picked it up last week -- thankfully I could still find the same outfit. Maybe you'll notice…

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ALL my furniture and What I Paid, Where I Got it, and MORE! Plus Moving Tips

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https://youtu.be/dxa0D-z0TTQ Welcome to my crib! Hello everyone!  I had been planning this video for ages but I ended up traveling for work at the end of January, so things got pushed to the edge of the back burner...As you'll hear me mention in the video, I LOVE putting together furniture in the same way that I love doing puzzles. I am also fiercely independent, so asking a friend to help with the last couple screws on…

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Al-Otaibi Dialect with Dr. Wafa Al-Otaibi! اللهجة العتيبية

https://youtu.be/2neD9l9w3RU Let's chat about another Saudi dialect! Hello everyone! As some of you may know, my Arabic nickname is "Hessah Al-Otaibi" (حصة العتيبي).In this video, we chat about nuances that set apart Al-Otaibi "dialect" from other Najdi dialects of Arabic. For those of you new to Arabic--know that there are many, many different dialects and "Najdi" refers to a family of dialects in a region of Saudi Arabia (Riyadh and the surrounding areas). It's not easy…

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Eastern Saudi Dialect with Khaled! اللهجة الشرقاوية

https://youtu.be/Ik1cWJ2hYVA Let's chat about Saudi dialects! Hello everyone!   Happy Friday! I was fortunate to sit down with my friend Khaled for another chat -- this time about a particular Saudi dialect- Sharqawi (اللهجة الشرقاوية). As some of you know, there are many, many different Arabic dialects. Even within a single country you're likely to find multiple dialects/regional accents/cool idioms and proverbs. I'm hoping this dialect vid is the first of many--partly because I geek out at…

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Arabic Keyboards for Mac and PC–which layout do you choose?

https://youtu.be/L0jv-yKXzKs Last week I finally gave in and got more RAM Hello everyone!   Happy Friday! In this video, we talk about Arabic keyboards. I recently got a new desktop computer and decided to put Arabic letters on the keys.Fortunately, Amazon helps us out with lots of options for different computer types and keyboard layout options. Here are the two I refer to in the vid:Arabic keyboard stickers: https://amzn.to/3eTBiPXMacbook overlay I used: https://amzn.to/3vFJtFt Hope you enjoy! As always,…

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Learning Arabic in the Middle East: chat with Emily Naz

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https://youtu.be/k-9u8OiQpq4 I initially met Emily Naz a few months ago. She reached out to me on Instagram to ask if I'd be okay doing an Insta Live session about Arabic, my experience in Dubai, etc. etc. -- I had a blast and was impressed by her enthusiasm for the language...so much so that I knew we had to sit down for another session.Emily Naz is a grad student from upstate NY. She is currently enrolled…

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Arabic Tattoos, Poetry, Dialects, and Tips for Learners! With Dr. Kevin Blankinship

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https://youtu.be/MF4TRoNyFX8 I tend to get excited about other non-native Arabic speakers. Today's guest was no exception!  I actually discovered Dr. Kevin Blankinship when I Googled "Arabic tattoos" (just checking how my video was doing)...an article from The Atlantic came up about the topic, I found him on Twitter, and the rest is...well, in the video above! In this chat we discuss Arabic tattoos, poetry, travel in the Middle East, the poet Al-Mutanabbi, and so much MORE!…

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