Tag Archives: Arabic

Multi-Lingual Family Life

Multi-Lingual Family Life An Entreaty From One Who Learned (the Hard Way) When a Western woman marries a Saudi man, and moves to Saudi Arabia, she is faced with a language barrier. Her MIL  likely will not speak much English. … Continue reading

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Learning Tajweed, Part Four

Reinstated At home, we poured out the whole story to my husband, who then said,”I know the husband of the mudeera. I will go pray Isha with him and find out what’s going on.” He was gone longer than usual … Continue reading

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Learning Tajweed– Part Three

Kicked Out! I spent a fruitful term sitting in the circle with the “literate” ladies.  We read, but the class focused on memorization. That was fine. I wanted more, however.  I knew that tajweed had rules of its own apart … Continue reading

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Learning Tajweed, Part Two

  The class met every weekday after Asr prayer til Maghreb. Basically, it was a memorization class. The teacher would recite a phrase, and we’d repeat it in unison. When her sensitive ear perceived improper pronunciation, the offender was singled … Continue reading

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Learning Tajweed

Hijab, women’s rights, Islam, and East vs. West are subjects that never fail to stimulate a good, often repetitive, conversation. Learning Arabic is another such topic. I am tempted to repeat my laments about my failure to achieve fluency, and … Continue reading

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Passing the Torch

My father is dying. The dying process began May 17, 2006– his first trip to the ER– and has accelerated during the last three months. My memories of Riyadh have grown insistent as his body has grown weak. Many an … Continue reading

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Living Authentically

  “Living authentically” is a catchphrase these days, but do you know what it means? I did not, until I pondered my friend’s comments regarding my “Return to Riyadh” dreams. She suggested that I had not been living authentically. What, … Continue reading

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