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“It’s asking ‘يحّدها (مصر) البحر الأبيض المتوسط من الجنوب؟’ so is that asking if Egypt borders the Mediterranean FROM the south, or TO the south?” “Well, which is it, true or false?” “I don’t know – it depends on the question.” “It doesn’t matter, this is just grammar. Some people study Arabic for 15 years...
View this post on Instagram Christmas lights decorate Ajose Adeogun Street in Lagos, Nigeria. #Lagos #Nigeria #WestAfrica #Africa #night #street #Christmas #fujifilm #fujifilmxt1 A post shared by Jeff_W (@culturesh0cked) on Dec 6, 2017 at 1:10pm PST
“All FSI (Foreign Service Institute) students have their own dialect of Arabic – maybe we should make a book for that because they all share the same mistakes in grammar.”
“In Arabic we say that, ‘Children make liars of us,’ because they will act one way in private but behave completely differently around other people so that no one believes the things we say about them.”
“Oh, the duel was actually a poetry duel? Yes, this sounds like something Arabs would do. When I was young there was a game called زجر where the first person would recite a famous line of poetry, and let’s say it ends with ‘ن.’ Then you would have to start the next line with another...
View this post on Instagram A combination of new and old as a dhow departs Port Rashid against the backdrop of the Burj Al-Khalifa and Dubai skyline. #travel #travelphotography #Dubai #UAE #UnitedArabEmirates #MiddleEast #ocean #sea #skyline #urban #modern #sunrise #burjkhalifa #fujifilm #fujfilmxe2 A post shared by Jeff_W (@culturesh0cked) on Nov 21, 2017 at 1:24pm...
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