Khalid Karadsheh: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
0:47 delectables delicious things to eat
2:27 Madaba Khalid’s hometown in Jordan
2:38 got the hang of it learned how to do it, became used to it
2:46 Holland, MI,_Michigan
3:52 scarred permanently damaged, harmed (physical or emotional scars)
5:11 genesis origin, beginning
6:14 fire marshal safety official who sets occupancy limits for buildings
9:13 dietician person trained in food science and healthy eating
9:30 tabouli, baba ghannouj, hummus traditional Middle Eastern foods (all vegetarian)
10:26 stumped puzzled, unable to figure out
12:38 hospitable friendly, welcoming, being a good host

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