Hilmar Zschiedrich Speaking Lebanese Arabic While Making a Christmas Star

Hilmar Zschiedrich studied at the Lebanese Arabic Institute for three months, from September to December 2017. He is a master craftsman in the field of glassblowing (Glasbläser – Handwerksmeister), and in this video he explains in Lebanese Arabic how he is making a Christmas star. Continue reading Hilmar Zschiedrich Speaking Lebanese Arabic While Making a Christmas Star

Writing and Pronouncing the Hamza (ء): A Guide for the Perplexed

One of the most tricky aspects of Arabic writing is the hamza (هَمْزَة), the character which represents the glottal stop. The hamza is not an independent letter; sometimes it is written “on the line” (ء), and sometimes it “sits” on the letters ‘alif (أ or إ), waaw (ؤ), or yaa’ without the dots (ئ). And sometimes it is not written at all! When unwritten, it is sometimes pronounced and sometimes not. Continue reading Writing and Pronouncing the Hamza (ء): A Guide for the Perplexed