Learn Lebanese Arabic with Keefak

Did you always want to learn Arabic Lebanese language? Well, now there is an iPhone/Android app for that: Keefak

Unlike most other tutorials that focus on the literal written Arabic (with ubiquitous words like شُكراً Shukran and عَفواً Afwan) that is not exactly close to the spoken dialect spoken in Lebanon, this app aims to teach you the Lebanese-Arabic dialect. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lebanon on the Brink of War

May 2012, Lebanon is on the brink of another chapter of a civil war.

If you live in any of the countries listed below, here is a sample of recent events… it is pretty bad:

 Tripoli – 14 May 2012:

“Tension has been rising between Tripoli’s Sunnis, who support the Syrian opposition against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, and supporters of the Syrian government including Tripoli’s Alawite community.
The arrest of Shadi Almawlawi, a young Sunni sheikh, triggered the armed clashes. “

 And in Beirut, one week later:

اشتباكات مسلحة في طريق الجديدة بين مسلحين مقربين من تيار المستقبل وعناصر من التيار العربي قرب مبنى الهندسة في جامعة بيروت العربية،
على خلفية مقتل الشيخ أحمد” عبد الواحد شمالي لبنان بنيران حاجز جيش لبناني.”

Yet, most news across the world are turning a blind eye.
Why is that? The tourists are already scared away anyway.

Here is an overview of randomly selected online newspapers:

Our journey starts on the American continent:

US » CNN

CNNCNN… nothing there

Meanwhile in Canada:

In Australia maybe? » The Sydney Morning Herald

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Japan 1 – 0 Lebanon

Japan witnessed recently a Tsunami compounded by many, ongoing earthquakes of magnitudes never been seen before, coupled with severe cold weather and radiation leaks. Is such a disaster which has left 23,000 dead or missing the worst case scenario?

Not so fast! Despite the widespread devastation, it took 6 days to repair the Great Kanto Highway in Naka.

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Canada 1 – 0 Lebanon

Picture it, a Canadian city with a “metro area” of 9,417.88 km2 is where I currently live. Not a bad size city if you ask me… pretty close to the full size Lebanon actually. It seems to be governed very well… I mean traffic runs smoothly and safely, snow is removed on time (usually), people follow the laws, and jobs for anyone who is actually trying to find a job. Oh, did I mention that the city council is ALWAYS functioning effectively and properly? Now picture this: my Canadian city is very small compared to the 9,984,670 km2 which encompasses the whole Canadian country… and guess what? They’re governing all that land, with all those 35 million people remarkably well. – Seif

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Lebanon water

A geologist became Indonesia’s most active volcano’s gatekeeper after religion & mythology failed to predict the volcano’s eruption.

Knowing better, how are the Lebanese handling the lack of rain issue?

They …

A) Started by conserving the water consumption ?

B) Educated the people about water conservation techniques ?

C) Fixed the leaky water infrastructure ?

D) Prevented half of the water that falls in Lebanon to run into the sea?

E) None of the above

And the answer is …

Litani River

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Iran 1 – 0 Lebanon

A neat mountain road in Iran …

… and a bridge on the entrance of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon; notice the modern separators in the middle of the street:

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