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Word of the Week, Issue #010 – “Immigrant”

Immigrant = طَارِئٌ

The word for “immigrant” in Arabic is طَارِئٌ (taari’). It comes from the root verb طَرَأَ عَلَى , which means to come to someone (from some distant place). Note that its prepositional phrase complement, which we translate using

Word of the Week, Issue #006 – “Beauty”

Beauty = جَمَالٌ

The word for “beauty” in Arabic is جَمَالٌ (jamaal). It indicates both physical beauty and beauty in character. The difference between this and حُسْنٌ is that the latter, when it is used for physical beauty, refers to the beauty of the […]

Word of the Week, Issue #005 – “To See”

To See = رَأَى

The word for “to see” in Arabic is رَأَى (ra’aa). It can also be used to mean “to consider“. In the former case, where it is used to mean “to see”, it is singly transitive (for example
رَأَيْتُ الْقَمَرَ […]

Word of the Week, Issue #004 – “Repentance”

Repentance = التَوْبَةُ

There are a number of words in Arabic for “repentance“, the best known being التَوْبَةُ (al-tawbah). In […]

Word of the Week, Issue #003 – “Last Night”

Last Night = اَلْبَارِحَةَ and اَللَيْلَةَ

The word for “last night” in Arabic is اَلْبَارِحَةَ (al-baarihah). Before

Word of the Week, Issue #002 – “Family”

Family = أَهْلٌ and آلٌ

There are two commonly used words in classical Arabic for “family“, namely أَهْلٌ (ahl), and […]

Word of the Week, Issue #001 – “Name”

Name = اِسْمٌ

The word for “name in Arabic is اِسْمٌ (ism), plural أَسْمَاءٌ . You […]

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