Arabic

Arabic

Arabic (العربية al-ʿarabīyah or عربي ʿarabi) is a Central Semitic language, thus related to and classified alongside other Semitic languages such as Hebrew and Syriac. In terms of speakers, Arabic is the largest member of the Semitic language family. It is spoken by more than 280 million people as a first language and by 250 million more as a...

An Inspirational Guide to Arabic Design, Creativity and Culture

When it was first published in 2005, Mourad Boutros’s classic work Arabic for Designers was the first of its kind, an authoritative guide for English-speaking designers working with the cultural and design complexities of Arabic. Extensively illustrated, it addressed the rise in global awareness of Arab cultures and provided a framework for understanding and respect. The author’s objective was to...

Arabizi Sparks Fears for Arabic’s Future

At a conference in Dubai last month, fears were raised that the trend among young Arabs to speak either a foreign language or a hybrid popularly known as "Arabizi", heavily populated with foreign words, may jeopardize the future of Arabic. According to Dr Muna Al Saheli, one of the participants at the Second International Conference on Arabic Language, "We do...

Morocco

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With a population of about 34 million people, Morocco is known to be the crossroads between Africa and Europe. Here, visitors will see the lingering influences of the surrounding areas, which contribute to the diversity of cultural attractions that Morocco has to offer. Whether it is the medieval city of Fez, the sandy shores of Agadir, the bustling cosmopolitan...

State Dept. Launches Open Book Project

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Educational materials in the Arabic language, will be available for free online through the Open Book Project launched last month by the U.S. Department of State in cooperation with the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO). “Through the Open Book Project, we will work to expand access to free, high-quality, open education materials in Arabic, with a focus...

Competition Launches Arabic Literacy Apps for War-Affected Syrian Children

Antura and the Letters and Feed the Monster, the two winners of the EduApp4Syria innovation competition, were announced today and then released worldwide as open-source Arabic literacy learning games. Both games are available for free download through Google Play and the App Store. The EduApp4Syria competition was launched in January 2016 as a challenge to game developers and pedagogical experts...