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God willing...

Adam Lichtenheld
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Most foreigners love the Arabic tradition of adding an “in’shaallah (“God willing”)” to the end of every sentence: “see you tomorrow, in’shaallah.” “It’ll rain tomorrow, in’shaallah.” “I’ll get you a beer, in’shaallah.” Mutter it to a cab driver or souq merchant and they’ll appreciate your knowledge of cultural customs—and you’ll probably make their day. Another popular rhetorical tool is the use of “al-hamdulelah” (God be praised!) to acknowledge good fortune or the completion of a task—as in “the sink is unclogged, al-hamdulelah.”

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