9273 roots

20 Questions for Arabic lovers

Lisān al-‘Arab (لِسان الْعَرَب), the famous dictionary of Classical Arabic, contains (and 4,493.934 words). A huge playground for people who are passionate about Arabic. In the series 9273 roots, I will interview people who teach, work with or simply love Arabic – people with dedication and passion for Arabic.

Each of them is unique in a certain way. They will come from different parts of life and from all parts of the world, ranging from teachers, diplomats, journalists, language nerds, translators as well as more experienced and established experts. I will ask them 20 questions.


So far the following people have been interviewed:

20 questions for: Ulric Shannon (#11)

Episode #11 of my series “9273 roots”: 20 questions for the Western diplomat who enjoys giving interviews in Arabic: Ulric Shannon.
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20 questions for: Sirine Demarchkie (#10)

Episode #10 of my series “9273 roots”: 20 questions for the woman who writes books for bilingual kids (Arabic-English).
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20 questions for: Widad Nabi (#9)

Episode #9 of my series “9273 roots”: 20 questions for the woman who processes the futility of war through Arabic poetry: Widad Nabi.
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20 questions for: Graeme Andrews (#8)

Episode #8 of my series “9273 roots”: 20 questions for the man who coded the best desktop-app for Lane’s Arabic-English Lexicon: Graeme Andrews.
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20 questions for: Matthew Aldrich (#7)

Episode #7 of my series “9273 roots”: 20 questions for the man who made learning Arabic dialects easy: Matthew Aldrich from Lingualism.
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20 questions for: Dina Elabed (#6)

Episode #6 of my series “9273 roots”: 20 questions for the woman who makes children (0-12) read and love Arabic books: Dina Elabed.
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20 questions for: Omar Safa (#5)

Episode #5 of my series “9273 roots”: 20 questions for the man who turns Arabic letters into beautfiul art: Omar Safa.
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20 questions for: Dr. Hanada Taha Thomure (#4)

Episode #4 of my series “9273 roots”: 20 questions for the woman who develops standards to measure text levels in Arabic and upgraded the Arabic language curriculum in many Arab countries: Hanada Taha Thomure.
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20 questions for: Hossam Abouzahr (#3)

Episode #3 of my series “9273 roots”: 20 questions for the man who created the best and most up-to-date online dictionary for Arabic dialects: Lughatuna (livingarabic): Hossam Abouzahr.
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20 questions for: Badrul Aini Sha’ari (#2)

Episode #2 of my series “9273 roots”: 20 questions for the man who brings Arabic to South-East Asia: Badrul Aini Sha’ari.
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20 questions for: Antoine-Robert El Dahdah (#1)

Episode #1 of my series “9273 roots”: 20 questions for the man who put Arabic grammar in charts and tables: Ambassador Antoine El-Dahdah – one of the greatest Arabic grammarians of the last decades.
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