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“ He and Nimer met at a tech mixer, and agreed that marriage websites were an untapped market in the Arab world.
“There is a cultural constraint between genders [in the region],” Maalouf says. And at the same time, there is a lot of social pressure for young people to get married at a certain age: You are 30? You should find a wife.” Conceived as something similar to Ok Cupid or e Harmony, the cofounders say et3arraf uniquely preserves “the cultural constraint” for conservative Arabs, while giving users the chance to interact and meet more like-minded matches.
Nomadic people, predominantly Bedouin, account for more than 10 percent of the total population.
The population is young, with a birthrate that is double the world average; 43 percent of the people are under age fifteen. English is taught to all students and is widely spoken. The flag has black, white, and green horizontal stripes with a red triangle on the hoist side bearing a white seven-pointed star.
If you’re a first-generation American like I am, chances are English was not your first language.
We were brought up on one language then acquired English through school/friends and now we’re the one teaching our parents proper English.
They eventually met through the Sayat Nova Dance Company of Boston and married in 1990. Receiving the evil eye will cause bad luck or injury so the way to combat this glare? Hamsa hands are used commonly, but a nazar amulet can be seen hanging from just about anything from cars to an office space or even worn by babies.
At a young age, my siblings and I learned that you can take people out of the country but you can't take the country out of them. It’s not that we’re embarrassed of our culture — because we’re not, we’re damn proud of it — it’s just that explaining everything to people who don’t understand is .
Jordanians and Palestinians place a much greater emphasis on personal grooming and style of dress than people tend to in the West: for most, consciously “dressing down” in torn or scruffy clothes is unthinkable.
Because of this, our native language is spoken at home by everyone or just our parents but we usually respond to questions asked in another language in English because that’s what we’re used to.
It’s pronounced Hov-sep-yin I’m not really sure where people get the “f” or “z” when they first try to pronounce it.
After the 1967 war with Israel and Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, there were sudden and massive influxes of Palestinian Arab refugees, who now make up more than two-thirds of the population.
In 1996, 1,359,000 Palestinian refugees living in Jordan were registered with United Nations; 250,000 Palestinians continue to live in ten refugee camps.