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Arabic Word of the Day 65# [Journey in Arabia 7# - Jordan Facts!]

Hey guys! Having a great weekend? I hope so because today we’re going to have a long trip to a ,without doubt, fantastic country in the Africa-Asia region, we’re visiting Jordan! :D Enjoy:

  1. Jordan is an Arab kingdom in Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River, with a population of over 9 million people.

  2. Unlike other Arab countries, Jordan does not have its own oil.

  3. Jordan is one of only two Arab nations [Egypt] to have made peace with Israel.

  4. In Jordan, it’s considered polite to refuse a meal three times before accepting it.

  5. The famous British military officer, diplomat, writer and archeologist Thomas Edward Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, advised the leaders of the Arab Revolt during World War I.

  6. Amman is the capital and most populous city of Jordan as well as the country’s economic, political and cultural centre.

  7. Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken amidst the middle and upper classes.

  8. Jordan’s official name is the “Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”

  9. Jordan’s currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD).

  10. Jordan’s national flower is the Black Iris. It only grows in Wadi Rum and only in spring.

  11. Jordan has a combination of Mediterranean and arid desert climates, with Mediterranean climates prevailing in the north and west of the country, while the majority of the country is desert.

  12. Jordan is home of the ancient city of Petra, one of the New 7 Wonders of The World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  13. The final scenes from the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were filmed at Petra. Other movies shot in the Wadi Rum desert are The Martian, Red Planet, and Lawrence of Arabia.

  14. The lowest point of dry land in the world is the shore of the Dead Sea in Jordan at 1,378ft (420m) beneath sea level.

  15. In Jordan, it’s considered rude and unclean to eat or drink with your left hand.[like every other Arabic/Islamic country]

  16. The capital of Jordan, Amman, was once named Philadelphia after Ptolemy Philadelphus (283-246 BC) who rebuilt the city during his reign.

  17. Jordan is home to many biblical sites such as the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and Mount Nebo where Moses died. [in Christianity]

  18. Jordan’s capital houses a 6,000-seat, 2nd-century Roman theatre that is now a famous landmark and dates back to the Roman period when Jordan was known as Philadelphia.

  19. Jordan would be landlocked if not for The Dead Sea. It provides the country with 26 kilometres of coastline.

  20. When you’re having coffee as a guest in Jordan, you need to shake your cup from side to side to let the host know when you’ve had enough. Otherwise, they’ll just keep refilling it.

  21. Mansaf is the national dish in Jordan. This distinctive option for a meal is made of lamb cooked in a sauce with fermented dried yogurt and served with rice or bulgur in a large platter.

  22. The national flag of Jordan consists of three horizontal bands of black (for the Abbassid Caliphate), white (for the Umayyad Caliphate) and green (for the Fatimid Caliphate), together with a red triangle representing the Arab Revolt of 1916. The triangle holds a 7-pointed white star, which stands for the seven verses the Qur’an starts with.

  23. The adults in Jordan believe overpraising a child will bring bad luck so this gesture from a parent to a kid is often avoided.

  24. The longest river in Jordan is the Jordan River that runs 251 kilometers.

  25. The dominant religion in Jordan is Sunni Islam. There’s also a Christian minority.

  26. Traces of human activity in Jordan have been found dating back all the way to the Palaeolithic period (500,000 BC to 17,000 BC).

  27. Jordan is known as an extremely friendly country, where you’ll hear Ahlan wa sahlan! or “Welcome!” quite often.

  28. The most common tree in Jordan is the olive tree.

  29. Petra is the home of over 800 carved tombs.

  30. The city of Jerash is one of the largest and best-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world.

  31. The water of the Dead Sea is known to make you float. That’s because it’s 9.6 times as salty as the ocean.

  32. The Palestinian territory of the West Bank was once part of Jordan. Following the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1948-49, the country annexed the West Bank – but lost it to Israel in the 1967 war.

  33. Jordan’s most famous national park is the Wadi Rum where you can spend the night under the stars.

  34. Aqaba is the only port city in Jordan.

  35. The capital Amman was built across seven hills (yup, just like Rome!), known as “jabals”[“Jibaal” in plural! Arabic for mountains]. Over time, it’s grown to now cover 19 of these jabals [jibaal].

  36. Jordan is part of the Fertile Crescent, one of the world regions were agriculture likely originated during the Neolithic period (8,500 – 4,500 BCE)

That’s it for tonight! I hope you enjoyed today’s post and learnt some new facts on Jordan! I did, and if you’d like to see a little more on Jordan, here’s a video you might enjoy:

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWfu0BKOZ5g]

Cya guys! Stay safe ;)

June 29, 2019

24 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/AndresGarner

I absolutely love Petra in Jordan! It is such an awesome site. Thank you for today’s post.

June 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SASSYandsisters.

I've never been there but I have a key ring that has the pic engraved on it [my dad bought it when he went to Jordan] :) No problem

June 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ZoeMcLaws

'31. The water of the Dead Sea is known to make you float. That’s because it’s 9.6 times as salty as the ocean.' I wonder if that is why they call it the dead sea. because dead things float. :/

June 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SASSYandsisters.

I think it's because no animals live in the dead sea [because it's too salty]... I'm not sure actually ;p But your guess seems quite valid too :)

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Great as always Sassy.

June 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SASSYandsisters.

Thanks! :D

June 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RuwaydaAtH

Our RE teacher said we could watch Lawrence of Arabia[the movie obviously ;p] but that never came. Think everyone in my class forgot about that. :(

Yep I've learnt[checks how many facts there are] 36 things today. I knew Jordan was a country but really never knew anything about it[apart from Petra is there] ^-^

June 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SASSYandsisters.

I've never heard of the movie before tbh. The only movies we watch at school are Macbeth and An Inspector Calls and all the rubbish educational movies. In Spanish we were getting "treated" to watch a movie and so we watched it in Spanish with subtitles. We spent the whole time trying to read the titles but eventually we gave up [the only thing I understood was "Si!"] ... anyways, the movie was dirty and I wouldn't call it a PG, I'd call it an 18 and if you show an 18 to a ,what used to be, Arabic class [all muslims] then the class goes wild! XD

Same! [I don't think the company Jordans has anything to do with it either ;p]

June 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RuwaydaAtH

That must have been so boring and ewwww! I would've gone wild too if I was in that class. ^-^

We watched this film called Warda and it was about her getting possessed and literally no one does anything about it even after all the weird creepy stuff happened. I have to admit I screamed. :(

ps. You might wanna put this into Arabic from English ;p

June 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SASSYandsisters.

Too late XD

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Eliein

Thanks for today's post! Very informative. Also, awesome video!

Other movies shot in the Wadi Rum desert are The Martian

Hmm... never thought about it

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SASSYandsisters.

Thanks! I'm glad you liked the video ;) I don't really know any of those movies although they're famous [except for Indiana Jones obviously]... I think they must be quite old... Or maybe I just live under a rock [most likely] ;p

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Eliein

Congratulations on a 100 day streak!!!

Even I didn't know about some of those movies (Red Planet and Lawrence of Arabia, though I think there was an animated Disney movie about or similar to the latter) but The Martian is pretty recent (2015 I think)

EDIT:

(Red Planet and Lawrence of Arabia, though I think there was an animated Disney movie about or similar to the latter)

Nope, I was thinking of The Prince of Egypt ;p

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Eliein, may I share your "movie" for Sassy's 100 days. I totally overlooked it so want to say "Yay! Well done Sassy!"

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RuwaydaAtH

Yup Me too.

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AndresGarner

Happy 100 day streak Sassy!

(Sorry, I would try to find a meme or something but I am not that tech savvy LOL) Wait a minutes...I”ll do a word picture here it goes: Picture a cake with 100 lingots and a flag of Saudi Arabia with a mushroom on top of it.

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SASSYandsisters.

Lol I can totally picture that can't I! XD My pc doesn't allow me to post pics anyways, or else I would've added them to these posts SHAME! :9

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/sousoudoudo

Lol you always put AWESOME GIF's XD

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SASSYandsisters.

Thanks guys! :D All of you are amazing ;) OML Linda look at your streak! :DDD

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/sousoudoudo

Congrats! didn't notice XD

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SASSYandsisters.

I was gonna give you guys all lingots but I'm brok... [looks up] Who gave me all those lingots?! :O Thanks! :) I'll be sure to give them back to you guys on another post XD

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/sousoudoudo

4 what!!!!to be honest I really can't say no when someone offers me a meal!

June 30, 2019
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