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#Yo Soy Líbano

Monday, January 20, 2020

The Spanish Department announced to the students the 2019-2020 AY’s Theme of the Year: #Yo Soy Líbano and invited them, through class activities, to discover some Spanish words with Arabic origin.

Going back in time to the Middle Ages, between 711 and 1492 AD, the Arabs colonized the territory of the Iberian Peninsula and named it “AL Andalus.” As a result, about 4,000 Spanish words are influenced by Arabic, which constitutes around 30% of the Spanish Language.

Grade 7, 8, and 9 L.P. and A.P., Grade 10, 11, and IBDP I participated in the activity. Among these words:

Bellota  بلّوطة

Almohada المخّدة

Alcázarالقصر 

Ojalá    انشالله

Zapato صبّاط