Tag: arabic

The Difficulties of Arabic Translation

The Difficulties of Arabic Translation

By Sarah-Claire Jordan Arabic and English are not two languages people generally think of when they are thinking about languages that have a lot of similarities. However, regardless of their differences, English to Arabic and Arabic to English translation are both very pertinent to world events right now and probably will continue to be in […]

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What Can Skype Translator Do for You?

What Can Skype Translator Do for You?

[ 0 ] April 28, 2016 |

By Sarah-Claire Jordan English is by and far the most common business and commerce language, so much so that it has come to be the lingua franca of the world, practically. Anyone who is anyone in international business has at least a basic level of English that is used to communicate with clients via email, […]

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The People of Morocco

The People of Morocco

April 14, 2016 |

By Sarah-Claire Jordan Morocco has been in the mind’s eye of people from the U.S. since before the release of Casablanca, the famous black-and-white movie set in the largest city in Morocco. For one reason or another, it is a country that fascinates and charms outsiders, much like the other countries that make of the […]

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What Kinds of Arabic Are There?

What Kinds of Arabic Are There?

November 24, 2015 |

By Sarah-Claire Jordan, With Arabic being an official language in 24 different countries, you have to at least wonder how many different dialects or varieties of the language exist. Just like the Spanish spoken in Latin America, each country has its own flavor of the language with local slang and even different verb conjugations sometimes. […]

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What Languages are Spoken in Afghanistan?

What Languages are Spoken in Afghanistan?

[ 0 ] September 21, 2015 |

By Sarah-Claire Jordan Though once a reasonably peaceful country, in the past 20 years or so it has been ravaged by civil war and occupation by other countries. The media coverage in the U.S. tends to paint it as a country full of Muslim extremists who are more or less grouped in with the rest […]

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Five English Words That Are Really Foreign Loanwords

Five English Words That Are Really Foreign Loanwords

[ 0 ] August 10, 2015 |

By Sarah-Claire Jordan Native English speakers tend to notice how many English words are used in other languages while ignoring the words they use everyday that were originally Arabic, Portuguese, Dutch, and more. English is one of those languages that has no qualms about taking a foreign word and anglicizing it if there isn’t an […]

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Arabization and BiDi

Arabization and BiDi

A school of fish observe with awe the bubbles spew out of a creature with great dorsal protrusions and finned feet. A look behind the plasticized eye lids and the culprit is revealed, a human being at the lowest depths of the ocean! Similarly, a formation of birds choke with surprise; a palm tree is […]

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Let’s Arabic

Let’s Arabic

The Arabic language descends from the Afro-asiatic branch of the Semitic language tree. As many Semitic languages do, Arabic builds up words using semantic bases composed by sequences of two letters. Syntax is characterized by Protosemitic-like declensions, which is quite a conservative aspect of this language. Arabic phonological system owns a scarce number of vowels, […]

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