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.
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 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.
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.
Learn Arabic is a website that aims to teach Arabic via games and activities. Members can compete for top spots as they earn badges by completing lessons. The lessons start with the alphabet and all of its variations and move up through simple words and phrases. Plans are in the works to add more complicated lessons for intermediate and advanced learners. Lessons include interactive books, videos, games, vocabulary lists, and more depending on the lesson. Users can sign up for Arabic tips emailed to them. The site includes a blog as well.
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.
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 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.
This program allows users to type in Arabic whether or not they have Arabic enabled on their computer. The display includes a picture of a keyboard that allows users to see what keys correspond to the Arabic letters. What is typed appears in a window on the page, which users can then copy and paste to whatever document or other website they are using. Magictyper is available is for multiple languages and is free to use, although donations are welcomed.
Mixxer offers language partners across the globe for free via Skype. The website is set up to help parties who would like to learn each other's language connect for language exchange sessions. Users simply have to register and log in and they can search for conversation partners from across the globe. The site also allows users to maintain and share blogs in order to practice written elements of the language they are studying. Teachers can organize group sessions for their students.
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 site offers 18 instructional videos, divided into 4 levels, that are aimed at enabling users to read Arabic, and specifically Qur'anic Arabic. The video series begins by introducing viewers to the Arabic characters, taking great care to demonstrate the sounds they make and ends with guiding viewers through Qur'anic passages.
'Simplified Arabic Language Grammar' is a book that summarizes the main points of Arabic grammar. Parts of speech, nouns, derivatives, singular, dual, and plural forms, pronouns, prepositions, nominal sentences, and verb conjugations are some of the topics explained in this book. Several examples are given for each topic. the book is written entirely in Arabic.