Author Archives: Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

About Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

Literary translator from Arabic, German and Russian into English

5 short novels about Palestine and Israel

If, on the 99th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, you’d like to read more fiction from Palestine and Israel in English, here are a few suggestions for readers short on time. The first two are particularly suitable for teenage readers … Continue reading

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On the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration

The Balfour Declaration was a letter written in 2017 by British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Walter Rothschild, a prominent member of the British Jewish community. The letter, dated 2 November 2017, declared UK government support for Palestine to become … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Prayer in Arabic 

I’ve been asked to help a student of Arabic who is preparing for a visit to a church community in the Middle East. She wants to learn to follow the Lord’s prayer in Arabic. So I thought I’d share my … Continue reading

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20 strategies for becoming a fluent Arabic speaker

Very pleased to come across this detailed and very encouraging guide to mastering spoken Arabic: https://betterworld2100.me/2016/04/27/20-strategies-for-becoming-an-extremely-high-level-arabic-speaker/. I particularly like that Nathan starts out by confronting the arbitrary Ammaya/Fusha divide – it’s a convenient division for academia but in real life, … Continue reading

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All about Arabic – celebrating World Arabic Day

It’s 18 December and it’s World Arabic Day! To celebrate, here’s a 4 minute video packed full of great phrases and handy facts about our favourite language. You can turn on subtitles in English, although they’re a bit dodgy and don’t always make sense. … Continue reading

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Top 10 Free Levantine Arabic Resources (and a few more besides…)

In no particular order, here are my 10 favourite online resources for learning the spoken Arabic of the Levant (Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Israel and Syria). Below are a bonus few recommendations of resources you can buy, too. 1. Jordanian Arabic … Continue reading

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Places you should visit in Jordan

This is from the brilliant Aamiya Arabiya series on YouTube – short videos which provide a nice intro to Jordanian and Lebanese colloquial Arabic What is the plural of the word مكان (place)? What is  البحر الميت? Fill in the gap with one … Continue reading

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