Archive for the Category: Arabic


This picture was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who would like to know what the inscription means. The writing is looks like Arabic, but I can’t make any sense of it. Can you help? [Update: The image is now the right way round, thanks to Christopher]

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The owner of the knife pictured below would like to know what script is written on it, and what it says. Can you help? The writing looks like Arabic to me, but I can’t make any sense of it.

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There’s a popular myth that each Arabic word can denote itself, its opposite, and a kind of camel. Another version of this is that “Every Arabic word has a basic meaning, a second meaning which is the exact opposite of the first, a third meaning which refers to either a camel or horse, and a […]

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Arabic dish

Can anyone decipher the writing in the photo below? It appears on a set of dishes.

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Language quiz – Arabic

Here are some recordings of people for a number of different countries speaking Arabic. Can you work out where they’re from and what types of Arabic they’re speaking? Recording 1 Recording 2 Recording 3 Recording 4 Recording 5

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