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The word بلاش

The colloquial word بلاش (balaash) is formed by adding the words بلا (balaa), meaning “without” with شي (shi), meaning “thing”. In terms of how it’s used in colloquial Levantine Arabic, you’ll find that بلاش will be used in three different contexts: 253 more words


Voice notes to posts

مرحباً (Marhaba) Hello!

This is just a quick note for those who have requested and are patiently awaiting voice notes. I will be working on getting all the voice notes done for each reading this week! 45 more words

Arabic Grammar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Arabic

أهلاً Hello

My kids, like all kids, love reading and being read to. I have bought a few (very few, I must admit) story books in Arabic, from the local bookstore here in Riyadh. 217 more words


First vocabulary list


I have compiled the first list of vocabulary that you need to start going through on a daily basis. It should not take more than 5-10 minutes of your time. 480 more words

Language Learning

The uses of قعد/يقعد/قاعد in Levantine/Jordanian Arabic

For those who are studying Arabic or traveling in Jordan, be sure to keep an ear out for the permutations of قعد/يقعد/قاعد (ga3ad/yug3od/gaa3ed) being used in everyday life. 532 more words


"Jordan is my Stepping-Stone" by Alisha Olson

As a returning adult student to University, the decision to study abroad was not an easy one.  Not only was I worried about being one of the oldest in the group, and not fitting in, but I also worried about what I perceived as major sacrifices that I would have to make at home.  457 more words

Area & Arabic Language Studies

The noun بال

Levantine Arabic contains many different expressions using the word بال, which means “mind”. As you will notice in the examples that below, there will be times when speakers of Levantine Arabic use “أجى عبالي” (aja 3abaaly) to signify “I think” when the phrase literally translates to “it came to my mind”. 361 more words