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Arabic Vocabulary Lists
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These extensive vocabulary lists are grouped by topic, and they include MSA terms and occasionally their Egyptian colloquial equivalent. There are also a number of lists with various idioms and Egyptian colloquial expressions. Arabic spellings are accompanied by transliterations.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Individual Authors
Author:
anonymous
Date Added:
09/12/2013
Arabic in Jordan
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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.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
World Cultures
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Five College Center for the Study of World Languages
Date Added:
09/12/2013
BBC Guide to Arabic - 10 Facts About the Arabic Language
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This site from the BBC hosts a brief primer on the Arabic language. It discusses such topics as where the language is spoke, where it came from, and tips on etiquette. The guide also includes interesting examples of the Arabic language, such as tongue twisters, jokes, and famous quotations.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
World Cultures
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
BBC
Date Added:
09/17/2013
BBC Guide to Arabic - The Arabic Alphabet
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This page contains a list of all the letters in the Arabic alphabet, organized in seven groups. Users can listen to a native speaker read the names of the letters online or download the clips for home use. Users can also print out selected letters. The site also lists information about writing in Arabic, including the short vowel system, joining the Arabic letters together, and the names for symbols commonly used in email addresses.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
BBC Guide to Arabic
Date Added:
09/17/2013
Calligraphy Qalam
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Calligraphy Qallam offers visitors information about the Arabic alphabet, various styles of scripts, and the process and history of calligraphy. It offers tutorial videos which demonstrate the various shapes of the Arabic characters both within one script and between different scripts. There is also a "script quiz" which allows visitors to test their ability to recognize different calligraphic scripts. The site also includes a blog and a forum where topics surrounding calligraphy are discussed.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Assessment
Lecture
Reading
Provider:
Calligraphy Qalam
Date Added:
09/12/2013
Colloquial Arabic: Sample Comparisons of Dialect
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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.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Five College Center for the Study of World Languages
Date Added:
09/12/2013
Conversational Phrases and Terms
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This webpage provides over 20 basic conversational phrases and terms, all of which are used in most everyday discussions across the Arabic-speaking world. The terms and phrases are presented in transliterated form with English translation; no Arabic script is used.

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Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
Wikibooks
Date Added:
09/17/2013
Effel Online Arabic Dictionary
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This dictionary allows the user to look up words either in Arabic, in English, or via an Arabic stem. For instance, if you type in ___ it will give you six different words that have the same stem (or root). The dictionary includes less than 4,000 words, and there is no space to type in Arabic; one must use the online keyboard provided. It is available both online and for PC download.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Individual Authors
Author:
Frits Broekhuis
Date Added:
09/12/2013
Everyday Verbs
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This list presents a basic set of verbs that deal with everyday activities, including walking, running, eating, working, and sleeping. The verbs are presented in third person masculine past and present tense, with the masdar (verbal noun/gerund) listed, as well. The verbs are presented in both modern standard and colloquial Egypt, and feature Arabic text and transliteration.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Arabic Desert Sky
Date Added:
09/17/2013
Henrik Theiling's Script Teacher
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This is a program designed to teach individuals different language scripts, among which Arabic is included. It is an exam/game designed to test whether or not the student understands the sound the letters make; an Arabic letter is shown, and students must click on the corresponding sound in English. It is available for standalone Arabic letters, ligatures, and numerals. The game keeps track of the percentage of correct inputs scored. Different transliteration options are available. Scroll down the table to see the row for Arabic links.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Game
Interactive
Provider:
Individual Authors
Author:
Henrik Theiling
Date Added:
09/12/2013
International Children's Digital Library
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The International Children's Library contains over 30 children's books in Arabic, suitable for ages 3-13. Some have solely Arabic text, and others are bilingual with English alongside the Arabic. All books include color illustrations. Texts can only be read online. The site is designed to be appealing to children, and offers users a way to search for books by age, topic, whether the characters are animals or people, and numerous other features, such as the color of the book's cover. Select Arabic in the Audience/Language section of the Advanced Search in order to locate the Arabic works.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
International Children's Digital Library
Date Added:
09/12/2013
Stories and Activities About US Laws for Adult ELLs
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Resources designed to introduce beginning level adult ELLs to laws in the US in regards to child welfare. Two weeks of activities including pictures, stories, handouts, and discussion questions around the topics of car and home safety for children.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Author:
Andrea Echelberger
Date Added:
03/24/2016
Tips for Students of Arabic
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This page contains a FAQ that attempts to answer the biggest questions that Arabic students routinely face, including everything from the general difficulty of learning the language to how to say certain things.The FAQ is extensive and based on the personal experiences of the owner of Desert-sky who is an advanced Arabic learner.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Individual Authors
Author:
anonymous
Date Added:
09/12/2013
Virtual Arabic: Digitized Language Realia - Culture & Art
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This subpage of the Virtual Arabic blog offers realia material (realia is real life material meant to be used to aid language study in classroom situations) regarding Arabic calligraphy. Numerous calligraphic examples are posted which demonstrate the different styles of Arabic calligraphy writing and art, most of which are well-recognized works that represent common Arabic expressions and phrases.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
World Cultures
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
V-Arabic
Date Added:
09/17/2013
Vocabulary List: Emotions and Personality Traits
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This list presents a basic set of vocabulary words that deal with categories of emotions and personality traits, including verbs and nouns that deal with anger, sadness, happiness, and other descriptions of human emotion and behavior. The majority of words contained within the website are nouns, and some verbs are interspersed. The words and verbs are presented in both modern standard and colloquial Egypt, and feature Arabic text and transliteration.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Arabic Desert Sky
Date Added:
09/17/2013
Vocabulary Words: Animals and Insects
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This webpage provides a fairly extensive list of animals, along with some insects. The Arabic names for animals and insects are listed in chart format, and include their English translation. The chart is prefaced with a brief commentary on Arabic grammar as it pertains to the chart.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Individual Authors
Author:
Hani Deek
Date Added:
09/17/2013
Vocabulary Words: Arabic Colors
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This chart lists 11 colors in Arabic. The chart contains three columns that list the color in Arabic script, English transliteration, and English translation. Both the Arabic and English text correspond in color to the particular color being described.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Individual Authors
Author:
Hani Deek
Date Added:
09/17/2013
Vocabulary Words: Arabic Numbers
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This webpage lists Arabic numbers and English equivalents. The charts list the two types of numerals, the Arabic script, and the numerical English equivalent of the number.The numbers are presented sequentially until 20, and then larger numbers are listed and described.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Individual Authors
Author:
Hani Deek
Date Added:
09/17/2013
Vocabulary Words: Career and Monetary Transactions
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This list presents a basic set of vocabulary words that deal with the categories of career fields and financial transactions. The verbs and nouns included in this list cover various career fields, types of financial transactions, and additional words relevant to banking, employment, and professions.

The majority of words contained within the website are nouns, and some verbs are interspersed. The words and verbs are presented in both modern standard and colloquial Egypt, and feature Arabic text and transliteration.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Arabic Desert Sky
Date Added:
09/17/2013