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Appreciating Arabic: Three Letter Roots

This article was originally published May 27, 2012.   One of the many neat things a student of Arabic will first learn about the language is that many of its words can be traced back to a triliteral root.  This means that there are usually three base letters from which different words emanate and are derived.  The words that share th...
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The Beauty of Arabic

This article was originally published April 27, 2012. Learning Arabic can be an amazing experience.   For Muslims, one of its greatest benefits is in helping one understand the sacred words of the Quran, the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as well as a treasure-trove of scholarly works from Islamic history. &nb...
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Between Praise and Gratitude: The Meanings of Hamd & Shukr

Between Praise and Gratitude: The Meanings of Hamd & Shukr Hamd vs. Thana and Madh There are three words that have the general meaning of ‘praise’ in the Arabic language: madh [مدح], thana [ثناء], and hamd [حمد], but we find the term hamd constantly used in the Quran and the Prophetic Tradition for praising Allah, such as in  ‘Alhamdu...
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Cute Arabic Memes to Share with Your Spouse

Here are a few cute Arabic related memes that you can share with your spouse.   They're a surefire way to earn some extra points for your thoughtfulness, as well as for your spouse to encourage your Arabic studies!  You can thank us later... :)   "You (fem.) are for me."   Sweet and simple with a lovely design. ___________ A cla...
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Five Arabic Quotes: On Speaking Ill of Others

لسانك لا تذكر به عورة امرئ * فكلّـك عورات وللناس ألسـن وعينك إن أبدت إليك معايباً * فدعها وقل : يا عين للناس أعينُ "Do not use your tongue to mention the faults of others, for you are full of faults and other people have tongues, too. And if your eye reveals to you others’ defects, tell it, 'O eye of mine, they have eyes too.'" -Imam Shafi’i من نمّ...
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The Top 4 YouTube Lectures/Videos in Fus'ha (Classical Arabic) for Beginners

While there are tons of Arabic videos, lectures, programs and TV shows available online, it’s often hard for students to find things to watch that are in clear and easy to understand classical Arabic, and that are also enjoyable and beneficial.  For this reason, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite YouTube recommendations. ...
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Five Arabic Quotes: On Ignorance & Learning

This is the first post in a new series on the Studio Arabiya blog, in which I hope to share with you some interesting and inspiring Arabic quotes on different themes. Reading these types of quotes, excerpts and aphorisms can help us put our Arabic studies into practice, and also appreciate how far we've come in our understanding of the la...
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Lost in Translation

A few weeks ago, I read an article  called "15 Wonderful Words with No English Equivalent" that describes cool words and phrases found in other languages that are hard to render into English.   There are many, many words like this in the Arabic language, as anyone who has studied both Arabic and English can tell you!  Here are some o...
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Arabic Stuff for Kids: Fun Arabic Décor

by Shazia Ahmad Outside of formal studies, there are lots of creative ways we can help our children develop a love and attachment to the Arabic language.  One of them is to surround them with fun, imaginative décor that includes Arabic letters and words.  Helping them to think about Arabic creatively, and making it something fun and inter...
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Finding the Beauty Placed in Difficulty

by Shazia Ahmad The famous poet Ahmad Shawqi said in a well-known line from one of his works:  إنَّ الذي مَلأَ اللُّغاتِ مَحاسِنا جَعَلَ الجَمالَ وَسِرَّهُ في الضَّاد Verily, the One who filled all languages with beauty Put beauty itself, and its secret, in ad-Dhaad. In these lines, Shawqi refers to the Arabic language as  'ad-Dhaad' .&nb...
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