Acting in the Middle East vs. USA – التمثيل في أمريكا والخليج

https://youtu.be/JXJFD2ojaNo 4 Years Ago, some Snaps I did went viral. من 4 سنوات، سويت سنابات عن شيء والموضوع انتشر بشكل كبير It was crazy--I'd never been attacked so much for talking about something. شيء غريب -- عمري ما شفت انتقاد مثل اللي شفته خلال الفترة بعد ما انتشرت السنابات In hindsight, I feel it may have been because I did those Snaps in English and many didn't really understand what I was saying. In any case, we…

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Diet, Cooking, Exercise, Dating – الدايت، الطبخ، الرياضة، الديتينق

https://youtu.be/evTgpKsckwY I don't really enjoy making subtitles. كتابة الترجمة متعبة جداً Which is why I decided to try something new for this video- English & Arabic, together, no subtitles...kind of like being an interpreter for myself. عشان كذا قررت اني اجرب شيء جديد للفيديو هذا-- بتكلم انجليزي و عربي بنفس الفيديو. اصير "مترجمة" لنفسي...In this video, I respond to a viewer's request for a video about "diet, cooking, exercise, and dating."في هالفيديو، اجاوب على سؤال من…

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5 Arabic Quotes on My Walls and What They Mean

https://youtu.be/FST5k-fzwXE Arabic is a beautiful language. Not just to look at, but to understand and internalize. Although the book "40 Rules of Love" by Elif Shafak was not originally written in Arabic, Khalid Al-Jubaili's translation is amazing and I highly recommend it. Listen to the book (in English) for free with Audible's trial: https://amzn.to/2RmoSXE When I moved to Houston, I wanted artwork that reflects my personality and interests. I thought about modern art, paintings, etc. and that…

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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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The Arabic Quotes in my Home and What They Mean

The 40 Rules of Love by Elif Shafak is one of my all-time favorite books.  I read it in Arabic & English and cried both times. So much wisdom in there...and when you read the title "40 Rules of Love" - it may sound like a sappy romance novel. It's not that kind of love...(to quote Oprah's talk at Stanford) "but the kind of love that really counts, the kind of love that when everything…

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Can You PRONOUNCE Qatar, Bahrain, and other Arabic Names? Let’s Review.

https://youtu.be/sMdbWlAQgSUI was recently talking with a friend about the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2022 which will take place in Doha, Qatar. My friend expressed a sense of awe at my pronunciation of Qatar ("ooh that sounds so fancy!") -- well, the Arabic name does sound a bit..authentic...but that's because it's an Arabic word to begin with.  After that conversation, I thought it would be a great topic to delve into for this week's video.  I think…

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Ramadan in DUBAI: things to KNOW before you GO!

https://youtu.be/J7HRDh-Fsj4 Hey everybody!    A few weeks ago I talked about my life in Dubai, and common misconceptions about what life is really like there (here is the link: https://youtu.be/clSZi_43JEM) That video is really the tip of the iceberg, because there's SO much more to talk about when it comes to living abroad in Dubai. Case in point: Ramadan! As some of you may know, the holy month of Ramadan started last Thursday evening, April 23rd. Life in Dubai…

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Make Love in Arabic: habibi, hayati, and 15 other ways to address your lover

https://youtu.be/_N-ww5ovWkg Hi everyone!  After my last video, a friend mentioned that the only word he had known in Arabic was "habibi." We talked about uses of the word--how we say "habibi" to a guy, and "habibti" to a girl.  We also use "habibi" when we are frustrated and trying to soften a statement that may seem a little harsh.   After that conversation I thought about other names we call a sweetheart or lover in…

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