This website includes step by step instructions on how to read and pronounce the Arabic alphabet, separated into 22 lessons. The intention is to teach people how to read the QurŐan correctly. A diagram of where the letters appear in the mouth and throat is very useful, as are audio components. There is a section that describes what should be said before and after reading the QurŐan and a section that allows the user to highlight individual words of a part of the QurŐan to be read. There are also links to blogs.
This website shows images and video of the Arabic letters. It has two sections, one with the Arabic letters in their independent, unconnected forms, and a second showing the letters in all of their various connected forms. Both sections offer videos that show a calligrapher writing out each form of each letter. Videos of the connected letters include words that demonstrate the initial, medial, and final positions of each letter.
This webpage offers a brief series of lessons on the Arabic language. The course begins with introduction, history and facts about Arabic, and then proceeds to introduce users to the alphabet,transliteration, and short and long vowels. The final few lessons focus on grammatical topics, including sentence structure, parts of speech, and singular and plural. The second part is called Arabic Phrases, it contains two short conversations. The site also offers an editor for translation and writing Arabic and an Arabic typing game.
This page contains brief lessons about specific grammatical issues and focuses mostly on Egyptian colloquial Arabic, though it does also include some information about Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Given their brevity, the lessons are of limited use.
This site has numerous brief, text tutorials on formal Arabic grammatical topics such as sentence structure, verb conjugation, and pronouns, as well as an extended section on the 10 most common verb forms. These tutorials usually favor transliteration over Arabic script.
This website allows access to an Arabic keyboard for those who are on computers that do not have access to Arabic script. Users can move the mouse over an Arabic keyboard displayed on the site to 'type' in Arabic words, and then copy and paste the Arabic to the document or website they are using.
This site provides instruction on how to install and use the Arabic keyboard on Windows. There are step by step instructions on how to install the keyboard on Windows XP as well as on Windows 2000. The site also provides 5 pictures of the Arabic keyboard layout.
This website contains some animated lessons of the subjects studied in schools. There are three categories: elementary for grades 4, 5, and 6, intermediate for grades 7, 8, and 9, and secondary for grades 10, 11, and 12. In the Arabic language section, there are texts, grammar lessons, reading lessons, balaghah, and more. For each lesson, the user is provided with synonyms, antonyms, plural and singular forms of vocabulary, exercises, summary, and the objective.
The official, Arabic for Dummies website hosts a number of helpful selections (taken from the company's full-length books) dealing with the basics of the Arabic language. Examples of the article topics include verbs in the past and present, statements and questions structures, nouns and adjectives, alphabet, numbers, common phrases, and date and time, are some of the topics explained on this page. There are several cheat sheets that summarize the most important issues. Arabic text is always accompanied by English translations and transliterations
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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This website provides a free and open course in basic Arabic. It offers three sections: alphabet, grammar, and vocabulary. The lessons are very brief, and do not contain assistance for pronunciation. The grammar lessons contains noticeable errors, and only cover nominal sentences and form I verb conjugation. The vocabulary lessons are grouped by topic. The site also contains introductory texts about the Arabic language, alphabet, and dialects.
This website allows individuals to type in Arabic by providing a virtual keyboard. Users can then copy and paste the Arabic on the screen into whatever application they need. The website also allows searches in Arabic via various search engines. The keyboard includes all short vowels and saved stock phrases such as the bismallah as well as instant connection to google translate for quick translation.
This website allows individuals to type in Arabic by providing a virtual keyboard. Users can then copy and paste the Arabic on the screen into whatever application they need. The website also allows searches in Arabic via various search engines. The keyboard includes all short vowels and saved stock phrases such as the bismallah.
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.
This brief online course is probably best suited for students with some background knowledge who need quick reviews of basic words and expressions. The site offers three conversational lessons that aim to get students speaking simple sentences fairly quickly. While it offers little to no technical grounding in the sciences of the Arabic language, it does feature audio voiceovers for the sample sentences it displays to expose students to common expressions and words.
Grammar Lessons with English Translation is a webpage that functions as a virtual textbook, with twelve Arabic grammar chapters. The chapters cover all the elements of Arabic grammar and have titles such as 'The Words', 'The Letter', 'States of the Noun', 'The Verb', 'Nominal Sentence', and 'Verbal Sentence.' Under each topic, there are several lessons. All the titles and lessons are available in Arabic and in English.
This site contains a number of non-sequential lessons (both textual tutorials and audio lectures) on formal Arabic grammar. The audio lectures are accompanied by word documents which contain the example sentences used in the lesson as well as practice exercises to drill key points. There are also a few worksheets without and texts without accompanying lectures.
This is a free reference book in Microsoft Word format that covers the Arabic alphabet and various grammatical concepts. It contains a brief history of the Arabic language and grammar.
Internet Polyglot is a one stop free shop service that provides an enormous list of verbs, adverbs, and vocabulary words that cover a diverse array of subjects. To ease and enhance the learning process, this service provides the following types of interactive games: typing, guessing, mix, and matching. By creating an account, users are able to play the games with the full set of vocabulary words; and are able to generate their own individualized and specific list of vocabulary words with which they can play the above mentioned games.