Forum Rules and Guidelines 1. Be helpful, not hurtful. If someone's language background isn't perfect, don't treat him/her badly. 2. Be polite. The use of "hello", “hi” and "thank you" are welcome. 3. Look for the answer in dictionaries first. 4. Put the word or phrase in the title when asking a question. (Avoid "translation please", "how do I say this?", "does this word exist?", "I'm new" and the like). 5. Always provide an example sentence to show the context. 6. Use the Report feature below each post, if you read a post that contains questionable language/pictures or if you feel it does not belong to this specific forum. This will help to run the forum smoothly. 7. Don’t use the forum as a chat board (it is inefficient); use the private message (Conversation) feature (PC users, right click the member’s name) if you want to send a personal message to another forum member. 8. Do not post links to commercial sites. This is an advertising free forum and we want to keep it this way. 9. If you have further questions please post them in the "Comments and Suggestions" Forum or send a private message (Conversation) to your favorite moderator. 10. Please check the forum rules periodically since they will be updated whenever necessary. For a detailed list, please check the comprehensive WR Rules. Links to audio or video You may not post audio or video files or links unless you get moderator approval ahead of time. All these threads need to say which moderator approved it. All audio and video files and links that do not have prior approval will be deleted. Permission will not be granted after the fact for deleted files or links. Please ask first. *** NEW ***- When asking about or referring to specific dialects or varieties of Arabic, please write out their names rather than using abbreviations (i.e. please write Palestinian Arabic rather than PA) to ensure clarity. If you do feel inclined to use an abbreviation, please make sure that it is not ambiguous to ensure that other members know which dialect or variety of Arabic you are referring to. For Lebanese Arabic and Levantine Arabic, please avoid LA (since it could refer to either); for Saudi Arabic and Syrian Arabic, please avoid SA. We would prefer unambiguous abbreviations such as Leb. Arabic, Lev. Arabic, KSA Arabic, and Syr. Arabic.