No Regrets, I don’t regret anything: Arabic translations

Posted on: Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 0 comments

Today Selina requested in the comments that I translate “I don’t regret anything” into Arabic for a tattoo. Relatedly, there is also a design for “no regrets” in Arabic here. There are two translations that I would consider for this. No Regrets First, one could simply say: لا ندم (la … Continue reading

Tafaddal – Arab politeness

Posted on: Sunday, May 26th, 2013 6 comments

The Arabic word تفضّل tafaDDal is a commonly-used and highly-versatile expression. Depending on context, it: 1. Expresses an invitation to do something: تفضل اجلس واشرب شاي tafaDDal idjlis wa shrab shay – please, sit down and drink some tea. تفضل إلى الدكان tafaDDal ila d-dukkaan – please, take a look … Continue reading

Channel 4 Hidden Talent – Arabic

Posted on: Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 1 comments

Yesterday I watched a show called “Hidden Talent” on Channel 4 that used a “Modern Language Aptitude” test on 100 randomly selected individuals who had no prior language learning experience other than at school. The five individuals who scored highest on this test were then given a second test: they … Continue reading

How To Learn Persian From Arabic

Posted on: Sunday, June 27th, 2010 2 comments

When you learn one romance language like Spanish, it becomes much easier to learn a related language such as Italian. The same is true for Arabic and Persian (Farsi), even though they are not related linguistically – i.e. they don’t have a common origin. The reason why it is much … Continue reading

Love Hate Calligraphy

Posted on: Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 9 comments

Through Tarek Atrissi’s excellent blog I cam accross this piece of Arabic calligraphy here that says “love hate” in Arabic: The design is written with ornamental decorations. What some might disregard as doodles underneath the writings actually consists of a repetition of exactly the same two words – “love hate”. … Continue reading