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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


Blogging from A to Z Day 12: Learning Arabic

L is for Learning Arabic

Quite appropriately, I am typing this just up having just finished an Arabic quiz that I was not at all prepared for. 501 more words


"Spring Break in the Desert" by Alisha Olson

Well, we are half way through our program and it’s a bittersweet feeling.  I think we, as a class, feel that we have accomplished something; we’ve been though the ups and downs, suffered through the culture shock, and have finally come to a place where Amman has become more like a home rather than a destination. 549 more words


"A Friend from Zarqa" by Sam Northrup

Some of the best times I’ve had in Jordan have been spent with my language partner Ibrahim. He works at AMIDEAST, but lives in a city just outside of Amman called Zarqa. 467 more words


The noun سوء/أسواء

I wanted to mention the noun سوء/أسواء (soo’/aswaa’), meaning badness or evil, because in colloquial Arabic, you’ll come across it pretty often, most notably in the word “unfortunately”. 135 more words