Arabic Association

 السلام عليكم (Hello)

Welcome to the BYU-Idaho Arabic Association home page! Come learn more at our Arabic Association Meetings!

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President: Jayton Birch 
Phone: 520-780-2571


Useful Words:

Hello السلام عليكم                                         as-salām 'alaykum
How are you? كيف حالك؟                                                                   kayfa ḥālak
Reply to 'How are you?' أنا بخير شكرا و أنت؟           Ana bekhair, shukran! Wa ant?
What's your name?  ما اسمك؟                                                    mā ismak?
My name is ...   ... اسمي                                    ... ismee
Goodbye تصبح على خير                                   tosbeho 'ala khair

 Fun Facts

1. Family is one of the most important aspects of the Arab society.
2. Arabic language is the official language of the 22 countries that form the Arab League. There are over 200 million living in this region. The formal Arabic language is called Classical Arabic. This is the language that the Qur'an is written with and is the base of the syntactic and grammatical norms of the Arabic language. The other form of Arabic is called the Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), which is easier than the Classical Arabic.
3. An interesting fact is that Arabic has contributed some good amount of words to the English language. For example KOTON-cotton, SUCCAR- sugar, LAYMOON-lemon, GHAZAL-gazelle, QEERAT-carat, QITHARA-guitar, and many more.
4. Arabic food is one of the most flavorful cuisines of the world. Including: Hummus, Baba Ghanush, Felafels, Shawarma, Kebabs.
5. Eid is the biggest holiday celebration in the Arabic culture. It is the Arabic New Year that is celebrated with lots of food, sweets, exchange of gifts and shopping.
6. Aladdin and the Magic Lamp is one of the most famous folk tales of the Arab world.
7. Mancala is believed to be the oldest board game that is played using colored marbles or beads. 
8. The holy month of Ramadan is celebrated by fasting without food and water all day for the entire month. During this time of the year businesses and shops remain closed all day and open in the evenings until after mid-night.