15 Things That Helped Me Learn Arabic In 15 Months

When I speak Arabic to someone new, I'm often met with a sort of wide-eyed, fascinated, look of shock...and sometimes I'll get the “you’re half-Arab, aren't you?!" (from native Arabic speakers). Non-Arabic speakers? I'll get off the phone after speaking in Arabic and they ask "were you speaking Russian?" or even "is that Hungarian?" (these languages sound nothing like Arabic, so I assume they are judging based on my looks...if I covered my hair, maybe the…

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Thanks for coming to our first Arabic-English Exchange MeetUp!

Our first Meetup event was last Saturday, January 18th at Layali Cafe/Marsa Restaurant & Shisha on Wilshire (or as one of my friends calls it, "Wilshrine"). The crew at our Arabic-English Language Exchange! According to the group page, we had 15 RSVPs. Expecting only half to show up, I asked the restaurant to prep a table for 8. I remember walking in at 5:50pm and seeing 5 people already sitting down. Tbh I was a…

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Your 5 Most-Requested Translations for Arabic Tattoos

We posted a Youtube video a few months ago on general advice for Arabic tattoos.  I was happy to see many responses from people regarding their own ideas for Arabic tattoos, and replying to your comments has been both fun and gratifying. One of the comments read (below, in Arabic): "The Westerners get so many dumb tattoos" Well, I'm not sure I would put it that way...kindness is a choice though, I guess. Here are…

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MUST Watch before getting an Arabic tattoo

As a translator, I get a lot of inquiries regarding tattoos in Arabic.  I've seen some great stuff and I've seen some...let's just say "not so great" stuff. For those of you new to the language, here is a bit of introduction.  In the below video, I address basics of Arabic script and a few common misconceptions. Hope it helps! Love, Shannon

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