Ehab Ahmed Ebeid
  • Ehab Ahmed Ebeid 
  • By this author: 4 Latest posted: 2017.03.20
Born in Giza, Egypt, in 1970. Instructor at the Arabic Islamic Institute in Tokyo, the Japanese branch of Saudi Arabia’s Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University. Graduated in 1991 from Cairo University, where he studied Japanese language and literature. Following graduation he worked as an instructor at Cairo University. Was a foreign language instructor at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies World Language and Society Education Center from 2011 to 2015. Published works include Pasupōto Nihongo Arabiago (Passport to Japanese and Arabic) and Daigaku no Arabiago hyōgen jissen (Practicing University-level Arabic).
Mystical Impressions: Views of Luck in Japan and Abroad2017.03.20

Superstitions lurk in every culture. Whether people try to avoid opening an umbrella indoors, crossing paths with a black cat, spilling coffee, or clipping their nails after dark, their beliefs are positioned as mental guards against the malicious forces of the unseen. Western cultures attach a strong stigma to the number 13, although the roots of this aversion are hard to pin down. Some believ…

Are Loanwords a Threat to the Japanese Language?2016.05.24

One day as I was traveling to work on the train, I overheard a pair of what must have been junior high school students talking to each other in Japanese. “Hey! Your clothes are so nostalgic,” one said to the other, using the loanword nosutarujikku. I could not help but doubt whether such young boys would know anything about nostalgia. Loanwords are seen and heard everywhere in Japan. Their exte…

Lost in Translation: “Malesh” and Other Linguistic Hazards2014.02.04

Studying a foreign language can sharpen one's appreciation of the deep layers of meaning beneath the words one is accustomed to use casually, without much thought. Conversely, using words casually in that unthinking way can lead to serious misunderstanding, making one keenly aware of the challenges and pitfalls of using a foreign language. Obviously, words can convey more than one meaning, and the…

Japanese Words to Improve Our Relations—and Ourselves2013.12.02

In walking around Tokyo I often see Japanese talking to someone on their cellphone and bowing as they say sumimasen (I’m sorry). They are making all that effort to apologize despite the fact that the person on the other end of the line can’t even see them. Japanese are known around the world for their frequent apologies. This contrasts with Middle Eastern or Western countries, where people tend t…

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