Get TF Out of Beginner’s Arabic! Time For Your First Lesson.

Useful words and phrases for getting fluent FASTER https://youtu.be/ElJPEvUcZ4EGiven recent events and a lot of people staying indoors, taking online courses, watching Youtube, etc.(please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE if you haven't already:https://www.youtube.com/c/shannonemaher)...I've been getting more requests for English lessons via our website.Something I didn't expect, however, is a growing number of inquiries from people looking to learn Arabic. A few of the inquiries are from folks with zero Arabic knowledge looking to learn from scratch, others are…

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Americans who learned Arabic: meet Dr. Phil

https://youtu.be/uj46rN3e9Vo Hello everyone!  I am excited to introduce you to someone that I met at one of my Arabic-English Language Exchange Meetups.  His Arabic is SO impressive that I asked him to film an interview with me.  Meet Phil Hoffman, a current PhD student at UCLA. In this video, we'll talk about why he chose to learn Arabic, how he learned it, his involvement with the CIA *wink*, what he thinks of the "Al-Kitaab" method…

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15 Things That Helped Me Learn Arabic In 15 Months

When I speak Arabic to someone new, I'm often met with a sort of wide-eyed, fascinated, look of shock...and sometimes I'll get the “you’re half-Arab, aren't you?!" (from native Arabic speakers). Non-Arabic speakers? I'll get off the phone after speaking in Arabic and they ask "were you speaking Russian?" or even "is that Hungarian?" (these languages sound nothing like Arabic, so I assume they are judging based on my looks...if I covered my hair, maybe the…

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Thanks for coming to our first Arabic-English Exchange MeetUp!

Our first Meetup event was last Saturday, January 18th at Layali Cafe/Marsa Restaurant & Shisha on Wilshire (or as one of my friends calls it, "Wilshrine"). The crew at our Arabic-English Language Exchange! According to the group page, we had 15 RSVPs. Expecting only half to show up, I asked the restaurant to prep a table for 8. I remember walking in at 5:50pm and seeing 5 people already sitting down. Tbh I was a…

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Your 5 Most-Requested Translations for Arabic Tattoos

Please note that we now have a tattoo translation service available for a minimal fee.  Link here: https://www.lahjaty.com/shop/arabic-tattoo-translation-one-tattoo/We posted a Youtube video a few months ago on general advice for Arabic tattoos.  I was happy to see many responses from people regarding their own ideas for Arabic tattoos, and replying to your comments has been both fun and gratifying.   the comments read (below, in Arabic): "The Westerners get so many dumb tattoos"Well, I'm not sure I…

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MUST Watch before getting an Arabic tattoo

As a translator, I get a lot of inquiries regarding tattoos in Arabic.  I've seen some great stuff and I've seen some...let's just say "not so great" stuff. For those of you new to the language, here is a bit of introduction.  In the below video, I address basics of Arabic script and a few common misconceptions. Hope it helps! Love, Shannon

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