Sunday, November 25, 2012
Test your Knowledge of Arabic in English
What I love about teaching English is that it keeps me perpetually interested in learning more about it, especially about its vocabulary. Take the word giraffe. The giraffe is not a native animal of the Middle East, yet the word is of Arabic origin. Alcohol, too, comes from Arabic even though it is a drink today forbidden to faithful Moslems. Before I began teaching English to Arabic speakers, I had never given much thought to words in my language that might have Arabic roots. For those readers who wonder what words they know that come from Arabic, here is a link (another crossword puzzle!) for you. The answer to number one across is in this post. Good luck!