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English: Dialects in the Arab World

English: Dialects in the Arab World (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nimbuzz Mobile gets Arabic Language Support

Nimbuzz Mobile gets Arabic Language Support (Photo credit: Nimbuzz)

English: The 'dad' arabic letter : Emblem of a...

English: The ‘dad’ arabic letter : Emblem of arabic language العربية: حرف الضاد، شعار اللغة العربية Français : La lettre ‘dad’ : symbole de la langue arabe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Arabic as official language

Arabic as official language (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Arabic language

Arabic language (Photo credit: United States Forces – Iraq (Inactive))

Support Arabic Language

Support Arabic Language (Photo credit: Beshroffline)

Now that I’m blogging again I wanted to say something about the arabic language. That is something called a broken plural or Jamʻ Taksīr. Arabic has a very specific and difficult grammar, at least for Westerners.http://www.islamicity.com/mosque/ihame/ref3.htm

This stems from the importance of the written Koran in the Muslim religion.It is based on a system of triliteral consonant roots. While there is a regular system of forming plurals for both masculine and feminine nouns, there also exists an irregular or broken plural. While there exist some rules it is mostly rote memorization and familiarity with the language which helps. Like the model in English such as feet/foot or geese/goose. http://www.sakkal.com/ArtArabicCalligraphy.html

Broken plurals Arabic

SHaJaR شجر “tree” → aSHJāR أشجار “trees”

but: JaMaL جمل “camel” → JiMāL جمال “camels”

WaRaQah وَرَقَة “paper” → ʼaWRāQ أَوْرَاق “papers”

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