Arabic Word of the Day 58# [Culture and General Facts! Special]
Hey everyone! Today we’re going to look away from the long lists of words, and we’re going to look at some facts! I’ve searched them all online, as to not make any mistakes. I hope you enjoy this lesson:
1] Arab is not a race
Too often you’ll hear people broadly use the word ‘Arab’ as a term to describe the race of those who hail from certain parts of the world. Not only is it cringe-worthy, it’s just plain ignorant! If you’re planning on spending time in the Arab world this is the first thing you’ve got to get straight so you don’t end up offending anyone. In fact, ‘Arab’ is a cultural term which describes people who speak Arabic as their mother tongue.
2] Honour is important [I’m sure that’s everywhere in the world]
Arabs take honour and respect very seriously and you should never insult one, not even in jest. It’s disrespectful to mock or shout at an Arab and especially a big taboo when it comes to your elders [So true!]. Family values and respect for elders is held in high regard in the Arab world and they are key aspects of the culture that should never, ever be trifled with [or the flip flops are shooting at you!].
3] Not all Arabs are Muslims Since most of the Arab figures we are familiar with in the West tend to be Muslim, it’s easy to assume that all Arabs must, to some extent, practise Islam. On some level, we’ve come to associate ‘Muslim’ and ‘Arab’ as interchangeable terms, which shouldn’t be the case. While the majority of Arabs are Muslims, you’ll find Christian, Jewish, and a whole other range of religious beliefs in Arabic culture.
4] Relationships first, business second
If you are travelling to any part of the Arab world for business, it’s important for you to know that there is no such thing as getting right down to business in Arab culture. The first meetings are used in order to determine if a relationship can be developed between the different parties and only then will further negotiations be planned out. Take your time to get to know your business counterparts and don’t feel the need to rush straight to the point.
5] Arabs love bling [apparently so?]
It is very rare to find an Arab walking around without at least a little jewellery on. This is because Arabs love their bling and enjoy investing in beautiful jewellery. Arab women in particular are known for donning decorative clothing and stunning jewellery for almost any occasion! [depends if they’re rich really :3 You never see me wander around in ten tonne jewellery?]
6] Body language has meaning
Body language, no matter which culture or country we’re talking about, has meaning. In Arab culture it tends to have a little extra significance, making greetings just a tad tricky. If you are shaking hands, extend your right hand and hold the other person’s hand loosely, but for longer. Greet close friends and colleagues with a hug and kiss on both cheeks, but only if they’re the same sex! If you greet the opposite sex this way you risk offending. [I’d say that most of the time women do it and men shake hands but I might be wrong]
7] Tea and coffee are key
Food and drink are centre points around which almost every culture in the world revolves [true]. Arab culture is no different and Arabs take their love for tea and coffee in particular to a whole new level. In the Arab world, tea plays a huge role in society as it can be served when a host wishes to show hospitality to a guest, or as an integral part of business meetings. Coffee, too, is extremely important and is drunk after almost every meal [that’s exaggeration!]
8] Time is not of the essence!
Western culture is, in general, much more fast-paced than Arab. In the US or UK, you might be accustomed to checking your watch and rushing from one place to the next, but if you try to do this in an Arab country, your counterpart will find it hugely insulting! Checking your watch tells your host or guest that you are too busy for them or don’t consider them worthy of your time. Better to just put that watch away and avoid the habit or temptation altogether!
9] There are 22 countries in the Arab League [Some are surprising!]
They are: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and finally Yemen!
Wow! I’m going to admit that I didn’t think Comoros, Djibouti, Mauritania and Somalia were on that list, but here they are!
Thanks for reading! If you’ve liked this post, tell me and I’ll be glad to make more of these in the future! Feel free to comment below if you have anything you’d like to share with us! Have a Great Evening! ;D
Wow! Very interesting post with lots of things I haven’t known. The Arab culture seems so wonderful!
//Packing my bags and moving to Egypt// LOL (Maybe later I want to go to Granada, Spain and Bogota, Colombia first though :)
Loved the post! Looking forward to many more such posts in the future :D (I'll remember to dump my watch before meeting an Arab ;D)
not necessary XD just remember! don't look at it while talking!! I'll eat anybody who will do this with me -_- then I'll steal his watch HAHAHA ^^
XD I don't have a watch, so I'll never make that mistake!
[I have like 10, but they're all broken, cus the second I get a watch I break it ;p]
Hello. Thanks for clearing up those misconceptions. I wasn't expecting a lesson like this. :)
No problem! ;D [thought you were BTEC, turns out you're Arab XD] I didn't expect a lesson like this until I realised I had no other better ideas :p
Most Somalis don't consider themselves as Arab. Or African for that matter :o
Yeah, that's well what I thought when I looked at the list. I thought that Somalia's first language was surely Somali so I didn't expect it to be on the list in that sense either. But hey! You're on it anyways! ;D Plus your Arabic is pretty good too
It isn't that great. Like I know the basics and I have to do it for GCSEs but I'm not that good
Whenever I tell my friends this, they always tell me I'm being modest. But I'm not.
Anyways enough of that. You take your lingots back. I don't need 'em.
I mean I used to have an Arabic class, until I moved to Spanish, and they were terrible [I never said that to them ;p] whereas you seem good at it! ;D Modest! :3
Nonono! I don't want them ;p
16 extra. You can't beat me. Hahaha ;p
Anyways[what's with me using this word tonight], I got a secret u want to know?
That wasn't my secret. Everyone knows your in my Hype bag! Thanks for the lingotese! ^-^
I'M GIVING EM BACK. You're probably skint already.
Yeah nah. Not my secret[ I just realised I got loads of things I don't tell you. Like my address. I live in the capital BTW. Not like you can find me. It'd take you 40 years and I'd already be dead]
XD I don't even know how much I gave you now, but I'm continuing! :3
I already know the secret XD I was in your bag
I'm not skinte!! [looks up] 103 lingots. ;p I'm still giving them away!
What's the secret then? Are you actually a mushroom? Or are you actually Sousou's savage lost long twin? XD
Don't say that! I hope you live longer than that :) انشالله يكون عمرك طويل
she's my twin??!! I never ment to have one... nice to eat you Ruwayda! (is it your real name?)
Yeah it is. I was dumb enough to actually put my real name on. I'm guessing that isn't your name. Nice to meet[not eat you evil creature] you to long lost twin[don't blame yourself,wasn't even ur fault hehe ;p]
Lol! Looks like the Arabs don't even know it themselves XD I was wondering too! I was quite sure that a few of those countries don't have Arabic as their first language. However, who am I to know? Just a mushroom. ;p
No, smart mushroom ;) don't waste your Lingots! (I know if I returned'em back to you, there will be a Lingots battle)
i'm excited to learn arabic on DL when it is available. i keep meaning to checkout your word of the day posts and i just finally did..... and there was no word of the day hahaha. tha's ok tho. i'll check in soon. : )
thanks for sharing
yo, sousoudoudo! hi! bonjour! hallo! : )
i fumble my way through 5 languages other than my native tongue of english, and sometimes i fumble through my english. :D
where are you from originally? how many languages do you speak?
NAH I only speak Arabic and a little English and French XD I'm from Algeria, North Africa if you don't know it XD
that's awesome! and, i am american so it's ok for you to expect that i wouldn't know where algeria was on a map- hahaha. americans get teased a lot by world citizens about their lack of geography knowledge, and rightfully so. : )
Well, they started off as a word, then ended up as a list of words, and now I keep adding random things in between ;p Not the most organised series LOL! Good to see you between us! ;D
hey- keep doing what ur doing! people seem to really enjoy it. : )
i hope to get in on the fun in the next "word of the day" post. i'm really hoping july 1st will be the release date of arabic. that's what DL has posted...
Well I'm quite confident it'll be finished before the end of this year, but I'm not sure it'll be finished by July the 1st [I mean that's basically in around a week and at around 30%] but don't listen to me, because we all want it to finish! :D
i was thinking that they'd release what they have as a sort of beta test. no?