5 outstanding Netflix recommendations for Arabic learners
Netflix has a wealth of series and films for you to watch in Arabic, so your only difficulty when using it as a language learning tool is choosing what to watch! Here are some of our favourites to start you off with. Happy studying! [caption id="attachment_1554" align="aligncenter" width="558"] Photo via Youtube[/caption]
Hajwala: The Missing EngineIf you enjoyed the Fast and Furious series this might be a really good choice for you. The underground racing scene in the Emirates is both high stake and hidden, and we get a glimpse of it through the eyes of street racer Khalid. And why the missing engine? Khalid develops an experimental, innovative engine that has never been used in racing before. It becomes the source of competition between rival street racing teams and in doing so is the focus of our story. Expect all sorts of thrills and on-the-edge-of-your-seat stuff along with life lessons and, well, fast cars. Get the subtitles on and expect a second watch because you'll be so engrossed in what is happening on the screen you might forget you're supposed to be learning!
Barakah Meets BarakahBarakah Meets Barakah is a love story, first and foremost, and a look at the societal politics of Saudi Arabia. Well-mannered civil servant Barakah meets the free-spirited Instagram blogger Bibi, and the two begin a difficult romance. There are reflections on how would-be couples are no longer allowed to meet freely in public as previous generations have done, and comedy as two quite different worlds collide. This film is a rom-com with a message that has a stunning backdrop, engaging characters, and more than enough to distract you from your Arabic studies, so bear that in mind! [caption id="attachment_1555" align="aligncenter" width="608"] Photo via Youtube[/caption]
Secret of the NileSecret of the Nile is possibly the most stunning visually in this list — if you like opulent hotels! Set in the 1950s and based on the Spanish Telenova Gran Hotel, this series focuses on Ali, a man who arrives at the Grand Hotel under the premise of work but is actually in search of his missing sister. There are so many twists and turns as we look for Ali's sister, and watch him fall in love with the hotel owner's daughter. This feels like all the best murder mysteries colliding with Downton Abbey; be prepared to climb on the train with Ali as the series starts and binge watch to the very end. Subtitles are available in both English and Arabic to help you as you watch.
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