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The History of Thanksgiving

November 22, 2016 Comments

We are just a couple of days away from the annual Thanksgiving celebration in the United States. This national holiday is commonly celebrated by gathering together with family and friends, cooking a turkey and pumpkin pie (and much more) and sharing stories of what we are thankful for....

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Halloween Traditions around the World

October 31, 2016 Comments

Happy Halloween! In the United States, many people have been preparing for Halloween for a few weeks. We have been searching for the perfect costume, decorating our homes with skeletons, jack o'lanterns, goblins and ghouls and buying candy for trick-or-treaters (one quarter of all the candy sold ann...

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5 Advantages of Being Bilingual

October 09, 2016 Comments

Learning more than one language is a very interesting and rewarding process. It distinguishes you and opens the door to numerous opportunities. When a person fluently speaks more than one language, they are considered bilingual. It is known that bilingual people have many benefits to improve their l...

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Diaspora: The Dispersion of People from Their Homeland

October 02, 2016 Comments

The word diaspora comes from the Greek word "διασπορά", meaning "scattering, dispersion". Diaspora describes people who have left their home country, usually involuntarily to foreign countries around the world. Examples of these communities include the removal of Jews from Judea, the removal of Afri...

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News: The Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

September 30, 2016 Comments

The Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize is the only Arabic literary translation award dedicated to the translation of contemporary Arabic literature into English. It not only aims to raise the profile of contemporary Arabic literature, but also to honor the important work of translators who bring the work of...

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Islamic New Year 2016

September 28, 2016 Comments

The Islamic New Year, or Maal Hijra, is a holiday celebrated on October 2, 2016. Maal Hijra is celebrated on the first day of Muharram, which is the first month of the Islamic calendar. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, therefore, Muharram varies each year....

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