Author: Matthew Aldrich

Arabic Verbs Will Roll off Your Tongue Fluently

Arabic verb conjugation. Did you heave a sigh as you read those three words? Arabic verbs are arguably the most complicated part of Arabic grammar. Whereas an English verb has five morphological forms (for example, write, writes, wrote, written, writing), an Arabic verb has several dozen. And this is true for both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and dialects. In Arabic, a verb is inflected to indicate tense and mood, as well as to agree with its subject in person, number, and often gender. Negative verb forms also require the addition of prefixes and suffixes in many dialects, such as...

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Learn Arabic with BBC Xtra

BBC Xtra is the flagship daily 2 hour live magazine programme on BBC Arabic, driving social and human interest issues onto the main news agenda of the Arabic Service. In a fast, energetic and relaxed style, BBC Xtra tackles difficult and controversial social affairs, as well as arts, literature and sports. BBC Xtra has a strong interactive element, where listeners contribute with their viewpoints on all topics by phone, SMS and e-mails. I love BBC Xtra. It provides me with a daily dose of listening (and reading–I’ll get to that later) practice. I often listen to it at the...

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4 Reasons Learning Arabic is Easy… and 4 Reasons It Is Not

Okay… Do you want the good news or the bad news first? I can’t decide either. So let’s just alternate between the two. There. Everyone’s happy!   Arabic is Grammatically Similar to European Languages… Kinda Arabic does not belong to the European language family, but you’d be forgiven for thinking it might. Now, I’m going to assume you have all studied at least one European language in the past, be it a Romance language, Germanic or Slavic. (And if your first attempt at learning a foreign language is Arabic, may God help you! … Oh wait, I’m supposed to...

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