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The expression ياريت

The expression ياريت (yarayt) in Levantine Arabic means “I wish that…”, “I hope that…”, or “if only…”. While in Modern Standard Arabic, you might come across أتمنى أن (atamanna an) to express “I hope that…”, you’ll find that in colloquial Arabic, ياريت is frequently used. 245 more words

Arabic

Endings

Hello everyone! Well, it is official, I have finished my program here in Jordan. It has been a week of “endings” and I would like to share some of those with you. 811 more words

Learning Arabic

"Learning Arabic in Amman" by Chloe Briney

As is likely very obvious, one of my goals in coming to Jordan was to improve my Arabic. It’s been interesting living here and experiencing the challenges that I both foresaw and didn’t see coming in terms of using the language. 701 more words

Area & Arabic Language Studies

Injuries and Parliament

At the end of this week, our Qasid teachers had a party for us. They rented out a soccer field at a local school and we had a field day. 413 more words

Learning Arabic

"Under The Stars" by Val Yang

I believe that after ten years, twenty years, or even more, I will still remember that night when I laid down in the desert looking at the stars in the dark blue sky. 542 more words

Area & Arabic Language Studies

"My Friend Mjdoleen" by Val Yang

Arabic songs about love and heartbreak playing at full volume in the car, miles of mountains and deserts disappearing behind us while we drove to As-Salt. 630 more words

Area & Arabic Language Studies

The adjective فاضي

The adjective فاضي (faaDy) can have various meanings depending on the context. It’s also a verb that is used both in Levantine Arabic as well as Modern Standard Arabic. 287 more words

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