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Video 4: Forum for the protection of the Arabic language 

This conference took place back in 2016, I’ve added it here just to show that the idea that Arabic needs to  “be protected” is still very prevalent among speakers of Arabic. Even though, and as I have said previously, this is not a view shared by many people, scholars and researchers. However, given that language is a unique characteristic, speakers always hold strong ideologies about what constitutes language, how it should be used and whether it is in danger or not. See below, the short 4 minute video that gives an overview:

Added March 2019

Video 3: Dr. Abbas Benmamoun (English)

This video is of a  talk by linguist Dr. Abbas Benmamoun who has researched and written extensively about the acquisition and learning of Arabic. More recently he has begun researching the idea of language shift, loss and maintenance of the Arabic language among 2nd generation Arabic speakers (mainly in the US). It’s a great talk he gives some background on language contact and the different kinds of Arabic speakers and Arabics.

Added Jan 2016

Video 2: Dr. Hanada Taha-Thomure (Arabic): “My vision for Arabic language”

The second video I am adding is by Dr. Hanada, an expert on Arabic language and lately on language curriculums especially Arabic. In this video she discusses her vision for Arabic, whereby she hopes that Arabic language will be used by its speakers with confidence in their daily lives and not just be a language taught and learned in the classroom. She hopes also that through this confidence in using the Arabic language speakers can also develop and advance in other subjects and in the end for the Arabic speaker to feel that they belong to a culture and a world of exciting literature and language.

Added May 2015

Video 1: Suzanne Talhouk: “Who said if we speak Arabic we are not cool anymore?”

This video I am adding today is by Suzanne Talhouk (founder of Fe’il Amr in Beirut which I’ve written about before here), she was recently invited to talk about her initiative at the TEDxBeirut at the end of last year. The video is in Arabic, hopefully as soon as I have more time I will translate it into English. In the meantime Arabic speakers enjoy!

Added Dec 2013

39 thoughts on “Video page

  1. Chris

    Exceptionally useful appreciate it, I reckon your trusty subscribers will probably want a lot more content like this continue the good work. You are so enthusiastic it makes me feel like to be the same- wow 🙂

    1. Thanks Chris for the kind words I think you are too kind! If you are enthusiastic just by reading the blog that is great makes me feel good for having started this blog 🙂

  2. Sumayyah

    Salaam Fatma! Great blog I have now gone back and picked my grammar books up to go over them. I was so inspired that I have hired a tutor for Arabic thanks for p[ushing me to do that, I was so lazy. But when I came here and saw how much you and some of ur readers valued Arabic I thought shame on you get up and get re-learning. Please keep up the good work, and anytime you want to visit the East Coast well just let me know I would be honored to have you 🙂 ciao salaam!

    1. Sumayah thanks for the note, I am so glad you are inspired that’s an inspiration in itself for me to continue. I am excited for you have fun with grammar though its tough its also so much fun. Wow! an invitation that’s so kind of you and thanks for your email too have a nice day!

  3. Aaron

    Thanks for the great blog, although Arabic is cimplex it sure is beautiful and sophisticated. I’m a Spanish speaker and have been leanring Arabic for 6 months now. Love the vid and the points you made about it- keep the work up! Shokran

  4. Beth, thanks for stopping by! Well I guess that’s the beauty of Arabic, its complexity and mathematical nature of grammar, and once you begin to learn Arabic well it gets easier. Wishing you all the best with university and please keep us posted :- )

  5. Tamara Yusuf Yu

    I think that is a good effort on part of the team of young people in Qatar, I know Twitter supports Chinese tweeters in that they have everything available in Chinese maybe one day it will be the same for Arabic. At least they are not using the net only in English, keep us updated please with all the happenings in the Arab speaking world..thanks.

    1. Thanks Tamara, I think you meant to leave this comment in the new post (Arabization of Twitter) but it’s fine, thanks for stopping by and taking your time to read the posts and pages. Yes, its a good effort and I think that the world over people are trying to adapt the internet to their language as opposed to taking it as it is. I didn’t know about Chinese that must be really good for them, I guess there is a cultural element in Arabizing or Chinizing influential social applications like Twitter it gives a space for them to be creative and modern but remain true to their roots and social set up. Thanks once again and keep reading!

  6. Anonymous

    Are you for real? I love this language I need to learn it no way man how cool is it? Thanks so much for the vid never been a language lover but this, this is serious man! wow thanks again

    1. Thanks for stopping by, yes it is that real and that cool :-), it’s what keeps me learning it all the time. Best wishes with your journey of learning Arabic, glad Arabizi helped.

  7. Fem

    “Hey I like your post ! Rocking here Arabizi ahlan wasahalan i’m new student on the Arabic lagnuage and thanks for this nice resorce

  8. R

    Your blog arrived up into my search, i am just in awe of the items you’ve published during this subject. I like the language of Arabic it sounds so exotic and it is my new year resolution to learn this language, I found one centre here in Helsinki. Thanks for Simply tolerating my comment, I await your next posts thanks again.

  9. Zac

    Hi this blog is beautiful thanks for writing with care and passion. I recently stumbled upon it looking for Arabic and relative theory keep up the awesomness 🙂

  10. Andrew M

    Wow! Thank you! This is a mice presentation of the sociolinguistic situation of Arabic language in the Gulf. Having worked there myself I know that the case is far from being multilingual let alone bilingual! English was always useful our office never Arabic, though convenient I feel like I lost a chance to learn this wonderful language. The Emiratis feel only English and Arabic matter though others speak Hindi, Tamil etc…these are not given any attention. So multilingualism (as far as I understand it from sociolinguistics) is so far away. I think they need to respect Arabic first then they will respect other languages, but in their 40 yrs of ‘independence’ they are still in dire love,obsessed and mesmerised by the English language! Thank you for your refreshing posts and no offence meant.

  11. Ricky Abu-Lola

    Thank you as always for putting up an uplifting article…I literally look forward to your posts. I’m glad your posts are not junk mail in my email..shokran

  12. Jena

    I can see which you are putting a lots of efforts into your blog site. Some definitely helpful information and facts in there about Arabic, I taught in arabic country for 10 years and it was sad I did not learn Arabic at all. Love the blog I have bookmarked it now and joined the list 🙂 Thanks!

  13. Lou

    Complexity and beauty, it is truly a language of romance and beauty and art-I am a student of Arabic in Italy and I leared so much from your blogg thank you very much keep up the hardworking so people like me can learne. Thank you

  14. Roya

    It sure is beautiful and I totally agree with the Hans Wehr dictionary bit, I have just got my second one and this is my third year as an Arabic student. The language is beautiful and complex which is what makes it so interesting to learn- shukran for the video 🙂

  15. Anonymous

    Thanks for this blog. Thats most I can declare. You most definitely are making this blog straight into something thats eye opening and essential. You clearly understand so much about the Arabic,its issues and challenges in a modern multilingual world not to mention a globalised on- again, I appreciate this blog.

  16. Ben

    Lovely language lovely video and really makes me want to take the challenge up of studying Arabic….I am taking a taster this summer thank you!

  17. Anonymous

    Super points raised we really all should know these simple yet important facts, maybe that way the world would have been a more peaceful place thank you Arabizi good luck

  18. RoxyT

    I thoroughly enjoyed that! Thanks for finding this gem and sharing it with us…I have been thinking for a while to take up Arabic maybe I am more convinced now that I should at least I will be more intelligent huh?

  19. Xana

    A stunning page and video, makes me want to learn Arabic now, at least I’ll feel clever wow! This guys is brilliant thanks for sharing him and the video :)- ciao or shall I say Ma3asalamah (my Arabic teacher would be happy:))

  20. Nesrine

    I love the new video, she’s great and what she says is right even though it’s short and sweet. don”t worry about translating it, we Arabs need to hear it and learn how to speak our own language.

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  22. Libnaniyyehfeenewyork

    Yeah I’m cool speaking Arabic….what she said about the restaurant is so true happened to me before, nice video and nice look to the site.

  23. Jaleela

    I’m impressed with the selection of videos, so fun! And I think it is rare to encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining. I am looking forward to the other videos you will present here, I have shared these with my students lovely selection keep up the good work.

  24. Vernon

    Your blog is wonderful. It’s a really good read for me and my daughter is very interested in learning Arabic, and your vids are great. Thanks!

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