This blog is from an American woman living and working in Saudi Arabia. It includes information about living and working in Saudi Arabia as well as her travels elsewhere in the Middle East. This particular section of the blog includes lessons on Arabic, which are all transliterated. Conversations that are transliterated and translated, vocabulary lists, and cultural information are all included. The lessons include one on bread, one on time and the concept of time, and one on New Year's Resolutions.
This site contains numerous audio, and video files, grouped by topic, of subjects speaking Jordanian colloquial Arabic. There are also a few images and informational links interspersed throughout the site. Each video is available for download and accompanied by an Arabic transcript and an English translation. Videos are based on every day topics like greetings, farewells, shopping, and transportation.
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In this activity, students will practice asking someone they meet where they are from and their nationality. Students will start by asking each other what country they are from, and then each student will be given a country card at random. Students will then practice asking and answering questions about various nationalities.
This site houses a large number of very brief audio files in which native speakers say brief, useful, every day phrases in a number of conjugations. Phrases include things like "How much is this?" "How are you?" or simply reciting useful vocabulary and also cover numbers and time. Each phrase is spoken in 8 or 9 dialects from the regions of North Africa, the Levant, and the Persian Gulf. Every phrase is accompanied by a transcript.
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Critical Language Service offers playlists with video lessons that explain the material in Alif Baa, Al-Kitaab 1 (through lesson 11), and a series on Egyptian vocabulary. Videos designed for the Alif Baa series focus on stories to illustrate new vocabulary while the series designed for Al-Kitaab explains grammatical concepts introduced in the books, and demonstrate proper pronunciation. They also offer a playlist of 60 cartoon episodes in Arabic.
CultureTalk - Arab World features a very extensive selection of filmed interviews with people from different countries in the Arabic speaking world. While some interviews are in English, the vast majority are in Arabic. Translations and usually transcripts are provided for all non-English video clips. Topics include family, food, education, religious and cultural customs, work, art, sport, travel, etc. The regions covered are the Levant, North Africa, Egypt, and Mauritania, with an Iraqi section on the way.
Some students struggle with how to address people with different forms of "you" based on formality and familiarity with the person. This activity allows students to decide how they will talk to someone based on the name tag they have on. The expectation is that they will introduce themselves, then ask one or two simple questions using the correct conjugation and form of address.
Students will have a "Meet and Greet Party." They will pretend to be someone else, like "Shakira" and introduce and greet another person. This will help them practice introducing themselves, greeting someone, and answering how they feel. They will also learn greetings for different times of the day.
Students will have a “Meet and Greet” party where they will pretend to be the person on their card, such as Heidi Klum. They will introduce themselves and greet other people, taking into account the times of day and their feelings review the different greetings
Spanish-speaking people tend to be very polite. They greet each other politely and ask how they are doing. In this seminar you will become familiar with these phrases and be able how to use them in a conversation with a new friend.ACTFL StandardsCommunication: Interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational.Cultures: Relating Cultural Practices to PerspectivesComparisons: Language ComparisonsCommunities: Lifelong learningLearning TargetI can recognize greetings when spoken in Spanish.Habits of MindThinking and communicating with clarity and precisionCritical Thinking SkillConstruct Meaning
In this activity, students will have the opportunity to practice greetings and introductions by practicing vocabulary appropriate for certain times of the day and practicing formal/informal greetings.
In this activity students will play a game to review greeting, nationalities and time phrases. Throughout the quiz, there will be some supplementary discussion questions to help further reinforce concepts covered in class.
How often do you say the word "hello" or "hey"? These words are used VERY often. In this seminar you will learn these words in Spanish and you will be able to use them just as often to greet someone and to say your farewells.ACTFL StandardsCommunication: Interpersonal Communication and Presentational Communication; Cultures: Relating Cultural Practices to Perspectives; Connections: Acquiring Information and Diverse PerspectivesLearning TargetI can say Hello and Goodbye in SpanishHabits of MindThinking and communicating with clarity and precisionCritical Thinking SkillMaintaining an open mind and analyzing perspectives
Students will get to know you and each other by practicing prior skills that they have learned. They will then have the opportunity to challenge their knowledge and try to communicate and guess different names and/or situations.
Students will have a "Meet and Greet Party." They will pretend to be a celebrity and introduce and greet another person. This will help them practice introducing themselves, greeting someone, and answering how they feel and they will also learn greetings for different times of the day.
Students will have a "Meet and Greet Party" where they will pretend to be someone else, such as "Shakira". They will introduce and greet other people and this will help them to practice introducing themselves, greeting someone, and answering how they feel.
Learn Arabic 101 is a series of basic Arabic lessons. The alphabet, adjectives, nouns, verbs, phrases, grammar, and vocabulary are some of the topics explained on this website. Each word or phrase is translated and transliterated. If the user clicks on an Arabic word, it will be pronounced. In addition, there are translation and Arabic keyboard sections. There is also a multiple-choice exam section for the learner to practice.
This Coptic website contains a section for learning languages. In the Arabic learning section, there are nineteen different categories including the alphabet, grammar, numbers, and groups of vocabulary words used in daily life, such as women's clothing and insects. The vocabulary in these categories include labeled illustrations.
The Let's Learn Arabic page at Alrashid Cyber Mall offers lists of basic Arabic vocabulary words in Gulf dialect. The vocabulary lists are all in transliterated Arabic for the very beginner; no Arabic script is included. The lists are broken down into greetings, pronouns, questions, directions, useful "I" statements such as "I want", counting and numbers, and other basic vocabulary.
Lesson sixteen continues the conversational focus of the lessons. This lesson consists of a seven line dialogue that allows students to follow by both reading and listening. Indirectly, the lesson exposes students to important grammar rules in the formation of complete sentences. A word list is included in which most of the words and phrases used in the lesson are defined in English.
Lesson eighteen continues the conversational focus of the lessons. This lesson consists of a seven line dialogue that allows students to follow by both reading and listening. Indirectly, the lesson exposes students to important grammar rules in the formation of complete sentences. A word list is included in which most of the words and phrases used in the lesson are defined in English.
Lesson eleven features a nine line dialogue that takes place in a coffee shop. Students are able to read the lines in Arabic and utilize the voiceover feature that plays the lines of dialogue in Arabic. The dialogue caters to students interested in learning how to carry themselves in a general social setting. The two subsections include a word list that defines many of the words used in the dialogue, while the brief grammar section lists, in transliterated Arabic, the Arabic pronouns most often used in general conversation.
Lesson fifteen features a dialogue revolving around Egypt's two main religious traditions: Islam and Christianity. The seven line dialogue indirectly exposes students to particular cultural elements of the Arabic-speaking world, e.g. religious traditions, while continuing to encourage students to follow the dialogue in both Arabic writing and speaking. The "word list" subsection defines many of the words and phrases used in the dialogue.
Entitled "In the Restaurant." lesson five covers general phrases one might use in a restaurant. These include asking the waiter for a menu, ordering food and drink, asking about prices, and making specific dietary requests for one's order. The lesson is entirely audio and transliterated text. The brief grammar section includes brief and largely inadequate comments on the rules governing masculine and feminine nouns.
Lesson one of the LookLex Learn Arabic website features eight common conversational phrases with audio voiceovers. Additionally, the lesson includes a brief grammar section on the makeup of the Arabic alphabet. Entitled "Hello and Goodbye," this section is perhaps most useful to students seeking to master common Arabic greetings and other expressions used when one is meeting others in the Arabic speaking world.
Lesson seventeen continues the conversational focus of the lessons. This lesson consists of a seven line dialogue that allows students to follow by both reading and listening. indirectly, the lesson exposes students to important grammar rules in the formation of complete sentences. A word list is included in which most of the words and phrases used in the lesson are defined in English.
Lesson ten provides a seven line dialogue (in both Arabic and English) that allows students to hear how they may introduce or talk about themselves when meeting someone for the first time. Along with the Arabic text and English translation, an audio voiceover option allows students to hear the phrase while reading it simultaneously. Two subsections include a word list that defines many of the words used in the dialogue, as well as a brief grammar section that gives partial insight into the technical details of Arabic vowels.
Lesson thirteen continues the conversational theme of the LookLex series by featuring a brief conversation about the beaches of Alexandria. Students are able to see how sentences can be constructed about normal, everyday affairs in social settings. Additionally, like the previous lesson, a variety of verbs, phrases, adjectives and sentence structures are used, thereby exposing students to properly formed sentences in "real-life scenarios."
Lesson three of the LookLex website concentrates on common greetings and standard expressions one uses when meeting or receiving others for the first time. Entitled "meeting people," the lesson includes voiceovers in Arabic that correspond to each greeting/expression. The brief grammar section pays particular attention to verbs not found in Arabic that seem confusing at first for an English-speaking student of Arabic.
Lesson twelve contains a short dialogue between a group of friends about movies. Students can follow along by reading the Arabic text and/or listening to the Arabic dialogue. The dialogue uses a variety of verbs, adjectives, nominal and verbal sentences, so students will have opportunities to see how proper sentences can be constructed to facilitate general, casual conversations.
Spread out over four subsections, lesson six contains visual images of the Arabic alphabet. Students can click each alphabet to hear how a letter is pronounced and whether or not it as an English equivalent. While the section is entitled "Writing Arabic." users are not given instructions on how to shape or connect letters to one another. The students are presumably encouraged to copy the letters as they are seen on screen.
In this activity students will learn vocabulary associated with different times of day. Students will each be given a name game card of a famous Chinese icon. Students will then take on the role of these icons and introduce themselves to one another and practice greetings.
In this activity students will practice creating short narratives in Chinese by creating a mad-libs like story. Students will take turns picking cards from different categories to fit together in a short story. Students will then share their short story out loud. Students will also read invitations for different types of parties and answer comprehension questions.
This online Arabic tutorial from the University of Maryland offers information on the alphabet, basics in grammar such as pronouns and verb conjugations, numbers, qualifying adjectives, time and date, and other various vocabulary activities focusing on things such as the parts of the body and greetings. Each tutorial section comes with a comprehensive quiz. Audio components are available to listen to the various vocabulary words.
This webpage lists several, commonly used Arabic phrases to express greetings and emotions in ways considered polite and proper in many Arabic-speaking settings and contexts. The words include Arabic script, English translation, and English transliteration. Brief commentary is adduced when necessary in order to explain context.
Students will have a "Meet and Greet Party" where they will pretend to be someone else, such as "Shakira". They will introduce and greet other people and this will help them to practice introducing themselves, greeting someone, and answering how they feel. They will also learn greetings for different times of the day and quickly review the differences between tú and usted.
This site utilizes textual instructions and occasional videos to instruct visitors in Moroccan Arabic. The lessons are basic, and cover the most fundamental aspects of Moroccan Arabic grammar. Lessons cover the basic parts of speech as well as providing numerous word lists.