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Arabic

Arabic is the official language of many Muslim countries. Muslims believe that Arabic is the language of Allah.

The majority of Muslims in the world do not speak Arabic as their first language. But it is customary for all Muslims to say their daily prayers in Arabic, even if they do not understand the language well.

Unlike English, Arabic is written from left to right. Here is how to pronounce some words and phrases in Arabic. (Pronunciations are approximate.)

Praise the Lord. [MAHG-duh lah rahp]

Jesus saves. [Yah-SOO-ah yoo-KHAH-liss]

Yes [nahm]

No [lah]

Jesus loves you. [Yah-SOO-ah yoh HEH-back]

Do you know Jesus? [Hahl-tah-reef yah-SOO-ah]

My name is ___. [IS-mih ___.]

Thank you [SHOO-krahn]


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Mauritania: Tea Parties and Desert Worship

Mauritania

A small group of men sit on a mat outside. Someone heats ingredients for mint tea on a small burner. The tea is poured into small glasses from high above the glasses, but nothing is spilled. Pouring the tea in that way makes it foamy and frothy.

According to Mauritanian custom, the tea is poured from glass to glass before it is served in three rounds. The glasses are washed after each round. Preparing and drinking the tea can take an hour or longer.

Mauritanians drink tea every day. No one thinks it is strange to see a group of men or women having tea together.

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Iran: Kids Worship in a Secret Church

Iran

In Iran, it is against the law to share the Good News of Jesus with Muslims. But Iranians are secretly becoming Christians anyway! Many of the new Christians meet together secretly in house churches.

At one secret house church, the members learned how to talk about Jesus with Muslims and how to start new churches. They sang, prayed, and studied the Bible and other Christian books. The books were smuggled into Iran from other countries.

But there was something unusual about this church. Most of the members were between the ages of 10 and 13. Some were as young as 5. The leader of the church was 16.

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The North Korean Alphabet and Some Words

Korean Alphabet
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“Chosongul” is the name of the Korean alphabet. It has 24 letters. Chosongul is a phonetic system of writing. Its symbols stand for sounds. To form words or syllables, letters are clustered together in groups.

For example, the Korean word for “school” is “hakkyo.” It is pronounced “HAHK-gyoh.”

Here is how the letters in “hakkyo” are written in Korean and how the entire word is written. Can you find the individual letters in the symbol for “hakkyo?”

Here is how to say two more things in Korean.

Thank you: kahm-SAHM-nee-dah

Church: KYOH-hay