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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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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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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