26 [English] Islamic Geometric Art and the World’s Biggest Couch Fort: Interview with Dr. Craig Kaplan

In this episode, Chad interviews Dr. Craig Kaplan, Associate Professor in the Computer Graphics Lab, School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo.

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Taprats program
Seal of Solomon خاتم سليمان
  • Moroccan pattern [image]
  • Moroccan fountain [image]
  • Afghan wooden screen [image]

Traditional manufacturing

Moroccan homes inside and outside

Cutting zelige tiles with an ax

Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry

Fudge it = “Near miss”

Alhambra [images]

Image of Dr. Kaplan explaining that Moroccan zellige patterns are hard for computers to generate (2015).


Interlacing قاطع و مقطوع [image]

Nail dots, dimpling [image]

Art of Islamic Pattern

Eid al-Adha

Feral Cats


Moroccan Medinas = The World’s Biggest Couch Fort

Tomb of Moulay Ismail

25 [English/Darija] Au Revoir Alif – French Origin, Darija Pronunciation

In this episode, Chad describes the rule that Darija tends to drop an initial alit, which obscures the origin of several French words.

Automobile – automobile – طوموبيل

Bus – autobus – طوبيس

Apartment – appartement – برطما

Hospital – hôpital – صبيطار

This rule was previously discussed in Episode 3: Basic Darija Phonetics. 


24 [English] Living with a Moroccan Host Family

Eid Mubarak everyone! This episode was recorded In this episode, Addie tells Abdessamad about her experience living with her Moroccan host family. List for details on culture shock, hospitality, religion, and great learning opportunities. Also, learn that Darija is real Arabic and you should try it!


23 [Darija] Slam and Rap Phonetics in Morocco – Interview with Sarah Schwartz

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In this episode Chad interviews guest Sarah Schwartz on her Fulbright research. Learn about the social role of rap and slam poetry in Morocco, and their their distinct phonetic features.

مورة \مرّة – next (temporal and spatial)