This is a guest post from Sanja Pavlović / Wikimedia Serbia Committee for the media
1001 Arabic words
For the past several weeks, in the office of Wikimedia Serbia, a group of six students of Oriental studies have been working on creating the first online Arabic-Serbian dictionary. Their project, symbolically named “1001 words”, has started on February the 15th, initiated by Wikimedia Serbia and supported by the cultural centre “Nea Pangea”.
“Working on this project gives me great pleasure, because we can use the knowledge we obtained at the Faculty and turn it into something useful, not only to us, but to anyone who is familiar with the Arabic language, or wants to learn something new about it”, says Lina Aburas; the student who gathered this team. She says since this idea was conceived, everybody showed great interest and enthusiasm. “It was important to find the initiative for a project like this. All team members are good students, team workers and always ready to learn more”, says Lina. Milica Tomović shares Lina’s opinion and adds that working on this dictionary doesn’t mean a simple process of adding words as it may seem at the first glance, but that a lot of hard work stands behind it.
Her colleague Tamara Poletan adds that the dictionary is suitable for everyone since it provides basic information about each word, followed with grammatical features, etymology and examples useful for those who want to approach the subject more professionally. “This project is intended for all groups, both for ones with basic knowledge of Arabic, and for ones that are getting to know this magical language.”
Last week, after nearly a month, this group of students entered their 101st word. (more…)