How to Respond (Politely) in Arabic

https://youtu.be/bjY7snmhDZs Ever since I started learning Arabic, I've been getting questions about religion. People would say "well, since you're learning Arabic, have you thought about Islam?" or "now you speak Arabic all you need to do is become Muslim."  As I have mentioned before, I'm spiritual not religious and often find these questions a bit personal and/or uncomfortable. I was raised in a religion that I did not choose (Mormon/LDS) and although I'm grateful for…

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If I Were to Learn ARABIC All Over Again…

https://youtu.be/QMPK8KNwc30 Here's What I'd Do Differently. I recently re-visited a video I did back in 2013 about how I learned Arabic in Dubai (this one: https://youtu.be/EpVLQgE6F-0). What are some things I would have done differently? In this video, we talk about patience, reviewing "older" vocab words/making connections, using breaks more efficiently, and the importance of putting yourself 'out there.' I also share my most embarrassing/awful audition story. If you are learning Arabic--or any language or…

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Inshallah, Mashallah, and How To Use Them

https://youtu.be/2O4k80qxu34 What do the two phrases have in common? They both use the verb شاء ! And the noun الله.  When we think of "in sha'Allah" - a number of meanings come to mind. The best translation is something like "God willing." But when you break it down, it means "that God willed." Yes, past tense. Why do we use the past tense form of a verb when talking about the future?We talk about that,…

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Why Do Most People DROP OUT of Arabic Class?

https://youtu.be/rFD6QGtu9Kg Next month marks 10 years from my first Arabic class... Before I began studying the Al-kitaab method, I took an Arabic MSA intensive at Eton Institute. My teacher's name was Raef Mahmoud. He was so great that I stuck with him for my whole MSA education. A couple weeks ago, I got the chance to catch up with him over Zoom. We talked about his advice for Arabic learners, qualities of great Arabic teachers,…

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Joel Huffman, Co-founder of Arabius, on Saudi Language, Culture, and Expat Life

https://youtu.be/e0PLOIjWTiM "Language is a gateway to culture" says Joel Huffman, co-founder of Arabius, a company that connects Arabic learners to native Saudi Arabic speakers.  As you know, I love talking to people who are passionate about what they do. My guest in today's video is no exception.  In this video, we learn about Joel Huffman's Arabic learning journey as an expat living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  As always, please LIKE and SUB <3 شكراً على…

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How Comparing Yourself to Others Can Actually Help You Learn

https://youtu.be/-hztPVER6v8 Have you heard of "benign envy"? هل سمعت في "الحسد الحميد"؟ https://youtu.be/irDJY4Z3FXc You may have read that we shouldn't compare ourselves to others. However, in today's video I talk about why comparing myself to others was actually beneficial in my Arabic learning journey--and what happened when I visited Stanford in 2013.  السلام عليكم ورحمة الله. في هالفيديو اتكلم عن تجربتي في تعلم اللغة العربية وليش مقارنة نفسي مع الآخرين ساعدتني في التعلم. واحكي لكم…

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Interview with Arabic Translator Melanie Magidow, Ph.D.

https://youtu.be/el-nbgTDHDo I love teaching English to native Arabic speakers. أحب أعلم الانجليزية لناطقين العربية، وكل فترة اسمع سؤال يأثر فيا لدرجة اني اصور فيديو عنه...اليوم نتكلم عن "يا" ومعناها بالانجليزية. For those of you learning Arabic, you may have heard about "ya" -- to get someone's attention before saying their name. In this video, we talk about the English equivalent of "ya" and when we use it.  Hope this helps!  As always, please LIKE and SUB <3…

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Interview with Al-Kitaab Co-Author Abbas Al-Tonsi: Book Origins, Khaled & Maha, and Advice for Arabic Learners

https://youtu.be/Pq5YzxrLnrw If you've ever taken an Arabic class, you may have heard of "Al Kitaab" The word means "the book" in Arabic -- and it refers to الكتاب في تعلم العربية - A textbook for learning Arabic. When Abbas Al-Tonsi, Kristen Brustad (his former student), and Mahmoud Al-Batal wrote the first edition in the early 90s, they had no idea their material would attain such recognition on a global scale. Two editions later, Abbas Al-Tonsi…

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Arabic Linguist Reacts to Youtuber Teaching Arabic | متخصصة ترد على يوتوبر يعلم اللغة العربية

https://youtu.be/t3EyoQAewMc My first "Reaction Video"... Hello, In line with my previous video, I decided to look  around Youtube for videos on learning Arabic. This one caught my attention - it's by a British Youtuber named Mike Still. He filmed a reaction video to someone learning Arabic (Kang of Youtube). This is my reaction to his reaction video. Overall it was cool! I just strongly oppose chai karak...when you have the option of having Arabic coffee w/cardamom..I…

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Want to Learn Arabic? Tips for Beginners

https://youtu.be/MifITGv5hwM Thinking about learning Arabic? Watch this first! Hello, I recently decided to check around Youtube for videos on learning Arabic. I found a lot of clickbait and not a lot of substance...I'm sure there's good stuff out there, but I was so turned off by what I found that I stopped looking and filmed this video. Thank you, Ash, for asking my advice! If you are thinking about learning Arabic I hope you'll find this vid…

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