About me

Thanks for stopping by my name is Fatma Said, I am an Applied Linguist with an interest in (critical) sociolinguistics, language learning and use (especially bilingual language acquisition of Arabic) and theories of language and thought.

The blog name Arabizi is a popular term used among language researchers to refer to the merging of Arabic and inglizi (English) in conversation (both spoken and more so written). It has also come to specifically (even exclusively) mean the use of Roman letters and Arabic numbers (1-9) to represent Arabic script. I chose Arabizi as the blog name to show the dynamic and creative aspect of Arabic language in its present use by its speakers.  The posts always relate to the Arabic language in general, sometimes to Arabizi and increasingly to the current discussion on the “loss” or “perceived threat” the Arabic language is under. I also occasionally post on my own research. You can see my research and publications here and here.

For comments or ideas or anything else please contact me at: arabizi.fs [at] gmail.com, and I’ll be happy to reply.



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47 thoughts on “About me

  1. cityvville

    You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something which I think I would never understand. I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

    1. Thanks Cityvville for the comment, anything can be hard or easy depending on how you look at it. I am glad that I have made linguistics seem easy and I am sure you will get the hang of it.

    1. Thank you La Rassegna del traduttore,

      That’s very kind of you, by the way your blog is an excellent resource and I am sure many will benefit from it.

  2. Rene Jones Yusuf

    Hi Fatma!

    Love your blog, it’s awesome, so original the way you organize it, the way you select the articles and your short analyses on them is so good. I mean I like it that you don’t make yourself the expert but put it out there for us folks to decide and your thoughts are always insightful- no really they are. My understanding of Arabic has improved much because I see the importance of such a language, many people always say to me and go on and on about how Arabic is importnat but you say it and show why. I wish one day I will have the same knowledge of Arabic as you :-). I have emailed you too asking for help on something Arabic related I would be much obliged if you could help me, I know you are busy with your PhD :-).

    Rene Jones-Yusuf

    1. Thanks for the kind words, I am truly glad your view of Arabic has become better. I got your email that was very nice please continue to enjoy the humble blog :-). Yes I am drowning in work but there is always time every few days for Arabizi! Thank you once again

  3. Lauren

    This is such an awesome blog! I’m an undergraduate hoping to continue my studies in this area. I studied abroad in Cairo and Amman the last 8 months and fell even further in love with the Arabic language, and I’m trying to get a stronger grasp on Arabizi. Keep up the great work, can’t wait to read more!

    1. Hi Lauren,

      Thanks for visiting the blog and I’m glad you like it :-). Good luck with your studies and it’s great that you love Arabic even more after your visits to Amman and Cairo. Keep learning and I hope my blog can be a resource for you in this great journey of Arabic learning.

  4. I saw this blog by pure chance. It is an excellent and most original blog I have read on the Arabic language. and I congratulate you for it.
    I have written a brief post on Arabizi in my blog arabiclanguageinamerica after coming into contact with users of Arabizi in Egypt. It is becoming very popular among the young generation who unfortunately are becoming less and less competent in al FusHa.
    If you don’t mind I would like to quote you sometimes on my blog, and of course I will refer to this blog. Again my compliments and keep it up.

    1. Thank you for these kind words, I am truly honoured that you have visited my blog! I now have quickly read your post on Arabizi and it’s great. I like the review you presented of the different opinions and how it is covered in the media. Please go ahead and refer to my blog and I hope we can do collabrative work in the future together as I feel I have much to learn from your wisdom and established experience in this subject. Thanks again for your kind words 🙂

  5. Hanna

    Hi I was just browsing through would like to say that this blog is awesome and although there are many posts to read they have made me interested and intrigued to learn more about Arabic language. Good luck with your PhD and keep us inspired- thank you

  6. Emelia N

    Hi, wonderful blog keep up the work, I enjoy what you put here. Just wondering is there a page that you can dedicate to learngin the alphabets or phrases in Arabic, I know this is not what your blog is about, but would love it if I could have a list of some nice places to learn Arabic etc… Thanks 🙂

  7. Thanks Emelia, that’s a great idea and I have been thinking about it for a while, but as you correctly say my blog is not a language learning one really. Ok let me have a look at what I can do maybe a list of links might help? Now that you are subscribed I’ll email you as soon as the page is up…let me work on it. Thank you

  8. Vivienne

    I was examining some of your content on this internet site and I believe this to be unique I have not seen many sites like yours. good luck and thank you

  9. Rayhana

    Love the blog, I am a freshman in Arabic and Islamic history and I am learning so much from this blog. Please keep writing it’s unique and so readable thanks Rayhana Blakely

  10. Anonymous

    Hello there I am so thrilled I found your weblog, I really found you by accident, while I was researching on Bing for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say thanks for a fantastic post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the fantastic job.

    1. I am glad you found the blog useful, I’ve skimmed through your impressive blog too…wow! Thanks for the enthusiasm, hoping our blogs will always be beneficial to readers :)- thank you.

  11. I found this blog through Michael Dunn’s blog – so all that plugging and linking is working. I’m also a SOAS grad – MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies 2011. I sure miss London!

  12. Anonymous

    Lovely, thanks for sharing, I like the central theme of the blog please keep posting and I wish you all the best:)

  13. Fatma, thanks for following me on Twitter! I’ve written two or three posts about Arabic, but it’s great to see an entire blog dedicated to the subject. Also great to encounter someone who really knows what she’s talking about. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks Steve for stopping by, I particularly enjoyed your latest post on Arabic, I thought your own personal experiences added to the overall reality of Arabic in the Gulf today…can’t wait to read the next one.

  14. Naila Kareimy

    This is a nice blog, thank you for sharing your passion of Arabic with us, I look forward to reading more posts, currently I am catching up and I am liking what I’m reading, good luck with everything.

  15. tiziana

    Dear Fatma, I find your blog really interesting, thank you very much for your job..it’s very useful. I’m a university student and I study Arabic. Thank you very very much.

  16. Eissa

    السلام عليكم أختنا فاطمة…

    مقالات جميلة جداً في هذا الموقع، أتمنى لك التوفيق..

    شكراً جزيلاً

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      1. Thanks for your comment and the link to your website. It is an issue that worries people and I understand there are efforts to improve not only the teaching of Arabic but also the teacher training programs. So perhaps more teachers may be encouraged to enrol on an Arabic teaching program? Thanks again.

  19. Dear Fatma,

    I just recently stumbled on your blog and enjoy it tremendously. I am trying to do my “bit” with kids in the Gulf, and started a company called BABY ARABIA – Encouraging Languages through Play …
    I created this from my own need for my family.

    You cover so many “conversations” that are being discussed, I loved the blog on the teachers who are teaching in their native accent. Fusha or 3ami the point being we speak it, love it and give our kids opportunities of languages. Warm regards, Nadia

    1. Dear Nadia,

      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the kind words. I had a look at your website and it’s fascinating, I like how you found a gap and addressed it and now other are benefitting. Wishing you all the best in your ventures and thanks again.

  20. Leon

    thank you for setting up this website and sharing your passion for the arabic language with us…I look forward to the posts all the time

    1. Thank you Safaa/Essam I am aware of their work and will hopefully write something about them here soon. Thanks again for the kind words and for reading the blog!

  21. Suhayla

    So glad I bumped into this blog, was searching Gibran and found this great place. this is nice, thank you for writing about Arabic and for making valid points about how it’s taught. I was one of those kids who attended Arabic summer school out here in the Mid-West and boy were the lessons boring. We need to improve them, as a mother myself now I am working so hard to make sure my daughter has a positive experience with Arabic. I like your discussions here, way to go.

    1. Thank you Suhayla for leaving a comment. I am glad you find the blog useful, improvements to teaching are being made and it’s interesting you say you are making things better for your daughter. The vast majority of people working to improve Arabic teaching, or teaching materials, Arabic books or new genres in Arabic publishing all cite the same motivation: to give their children a better experiences. You are all doing great things, continue to do them and we all benefit.

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