Safia Elhillo, from Home Is Not a Country; “Boys”
I don’t think people get that there isn’t one version of Arabic. There’s like ten different versions, some of which aren’t even mutually intelligible. It’s not like American vs British English.
Like, there is Modern Standard Arabic that is used by newscasters, books, textbooks, newspapers, politicians, and is how people from all around tend to communicate professionally, but no one actually speaks it.
I’ve seen Levantines and Maghrebiens settle for communicating in French/English, that’s how different they sound. It borders on being a diglossia in some cases.
Classical Arabic - fus’ha - is like Elizabethan English. Cartoons dubbed in Arabic used this hybrid accent/dialect that was heavy on the fus’ha so it could be grasped by every country it was broadcast in, but again, no one talks like that. Live-action dubs are either a similar case or they’re closer to Levantine w/ MSA thrown in.
Maghrebi darja differs by country, and tends to be full of French & Spanish loanwords conjugated in Arabic, it’s also very different from Egyptian ‘ami, both sound nothing like Khaleeji Arabic (Gulf states) or Levantine Arabic or even Iraqi or Sudanese Arabic.
Each country also pronounces certain letters differently and entire words differently, some have sounds missing. (Ex. the ق can be pronounced as a Q, a G or a glottal stop, depending on the country)
They also use very different words for everyday things, phrases as simple as “Hello, how are you? What are you doing today?” can differ wildly by country, sentences have their word order jumbled. Like, there are even disparate dialects within one country!
So, when you say you want Nicky to speak Arabic, which version is he speaking?
Medieval | Classical Arabic he learned from Joe at the very start?
Modern Standard Arabic with the formal accent?
Did they recently learn the Tunisian darja Marwan Kenzari speaks?
Did they learn most versions and speak in a mixture of dialects?
Did they learn Modern Arabic from Egyptian media, which is like American media for the English language?
Joe is Egyptian in the comics and a Tunsi in the movie, and those dialects are very different. Does he speak in a hybrid dialect/accent?
Do they speak an awkward mix of Tunisian darja, Modern Standard Arabic and French like someone’s great-grandpa?
Also, Luca might need to convincingly sound like he’s been speaking Arabic for centuries, and Arabic is a lot harder than English because there are so many sounds that just don’t exist in other languages.
Unless he says something brief, like calling Joe pet names or quoting homoerotic poetry by Abu Nuwas or Ibn Ammar, or even swearing like when Joe said ‘Santa Maria madre di dio’, which doesn’t depend on dialect or accent that much.
Slam Poet Emi Brings Refugee Voices to COP26: "Earth Began to Purge Us Too"
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'Earth began to purify us too': slam poet brings refugee voices to Glasgow
‘Earth began to purify us too’: slam poet brings refugee voices to Glasgow
She heard them as she spoke to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and when she met Syrians in a Jordanian camp: the same screams of eviction that she heard in her childhood, when she fled Darfur.
Now, Sudanese-American poet Amythal “Amy” Mahmood – crowned world champion at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam in Washington DC – is taking the message of those voices to world leaders at the climate…
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"Earth Began To Purge Us Too" | Daily Post
“Earth Began To Purge Us Too” | Daily Post
Emtithal Mahmoud during shooting of her poem Di Baladna.
She heard them when she spoke to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and when she met Syrians at a camp in Jordan: the same cries of the dispossessed that rang during her own childhood, when she escaped from Darfur.
Now, Sudanese-American poet Emtithal “Emi” Mahmoud – crowned world champion at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam in…
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Song of the Day: Lifting Shadows
Song of the Day: Lifting Shadows - Following with some more Hip-Hop, this time with a more 'slam-poetry' vibe.
Today’s song is Lifting Shadows by Oddisee.
More hip-hop, this time with a bit of a slam-poetry edge. Extremely elegant in it’s message (seriously, examine the lyrics) and it gives a clear view into the perspective about what it is like to be a Sudanese-American muslim.
All in your name – I got a name that’ll scare all the brave in the land of the free.
Prejudice is a difficult element to…
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Safia Elhillo, from Home Is Not a Country; “Haitham”
Day 04 - Saturday, July 06, 2019
To be passionate about something, to find something you love enough to let it become everything for you. What ticks you, and makes one feel alive? Questions that i have carried with me from yesterdays conversation on the porch. How are we contributing to the larger context of things around us, the lives, the environment, the communities, the city and its place in the world? The subway to Whitlock Avenue gave me enough time to think about my contributions and the ones I would like to continue to make.
To tour at the Bronx River Foodway at Concrete Plant Park, located alongside the Bronx River between Westchester Ave and Bruckner Blvd. The Bronx River Alliance serves as a coordinated voice for the river and works in harmonious partnership to protect, improve and restore, so that it can be a healthy ecological, recreational, educational and economic resource for the communities through which the river flows. The Alliance works in close partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to achieve these goals.
The Foodway tour covered edible plants growing with special attention to indigenous cultural and historical context. Nathan Hunter, Foodway Coordinator and Liz Paredes, Foodway Associate, were my tour guides for the day.
Nathan talked about the idea of equality and equity - that the two strategies inspired that project, can be used in an effort to produce fairness within communities and hat it was more about equity, which is leads to success.
The next scheduled activity was about watching an intergenerational pairing of film and video works exploring black queer inheritance and desire through Isaac Julien’s ‘Looking for Langston’ and two films by Hayat Hyatt. Isaac Julien’s ‘Looking for Langston (1989) is a lyrical meditation on Langston Hughes and other black queer figures from Harlem Renaissance. Filmmaker Hayat Hyatt’s film ‘Villanelle (2015) and ‘Structures of Feeling: Other Countries (2019), blends documentary, poetry and found footage that delves into the history of the AIDS crisis and its impact of gay men living in New York. The films were followed by a talk with the video the video artist, filmmaker and write Hayat Hyatt, based in New York.
Next stop, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, in Prospect Park. The organiser talked about the inspiration behind the festival, and quoted the legend Paul Robeson, “Artists are the gate keepers of truth”. The event was a voice for the the injustice done in the USA to indigenous people, to refugees and to black people. The artist lineup included Sudanese American MC Oddisee & Good Company, and Palestinian-Jordanian band 47SOUL along with NARCY all join together for a night that highlights their Arabic roots.
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Safia Elhillo, from Home Is Not a Country; “The Stranger”