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80% of the Qur'an
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This is a set of documents intended to teach 80% of the Qur'an to learners. The philosophy is that since many of the words in the Qur'an are repeated, 80% of it can be learned quickly and easily by knowing what to focus on. Included are lists of vocabulary separated into genre, such as pronouns and ways to say 'no', verbs and verb conjugation charts, grammar charts detailing active and passive participles, and more. Many of the documents are in PDF as well as in Excel so that changes can be made to the templates, i.e. translation into other languages if desired.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
eMuslim
Date Added:
10/14/2013
ACTFL/ILR Oral Proficiency Interview by computer (OPIc)
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The ACTFL/ILR Oral Proficiency Interview by computer (OPIc) exam tests for speaking skills and is offered for various languages, Arabic being one of them. The exam can be administered to students of all proficiency levels who are in college and beyond. The length of the exam is 20-30 minutes and it is rated by ACTFL Certified ILR OPIc Raters. The results reported are individual scores of proficiency from 0 to 2.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Language Testing International
Date Added:
10/14/2013
ACTFLŠ Oral Proficiency Interview - computer
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The ACTFLŠ Oral Proficiency Interview - computer exam tests for speaking skills and is offered for various languages, Arabic being one of them. The exam can be administered to students at an ACTFL Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Superior proficiency level who are in the 10-12th grade, college and to adults. The length of the exam is 14-40 minutes and it is rated by ACTFL Certified ILR OPIc Raters. The results reported are 1 of 10 possible proficiency levels from the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Adab Arabic Poetry
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This website hosts many examples of poetry from the jahiliyyah period to the present in an attempt to create a comprehensive diwan of Arabic poetry. Some poems have an audio component. Users can browse poetry by time period, by audio file, by author's name, or by custom search. The website is also in English and there are many poems that have been translated into English, although some poems that are on the website in English are not on the website in Arabic and vice versa. Users can submit poetry to the website via a submission system.

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Languages
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
adab
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Alphabets
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Mainly an Islamic site for children, this section of Play & Learn provides an introduction to all of the letters in the Arabic alphabet. There are a total of 74 printable worksheets, some of which provide practice for children to write the letters and some intended for children to recognize the letters in their connected and unconnected forms. The worksheets also provide practice with long vowels and tanween and the site provides downloadable audio pronunciations of each letter.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
Play & Learn
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabalicious
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Arabalicious is a website full of resources for teachers of Arabic, run by Taoufiq Cherkaoui. The website includes PowerPoints available for download on concepts such as telling time, fruits and vegetables, culture, and basic greetings, to name a few. Worksheets to go along with the PowerPoints are also available for free download. The website further includes pictures that are available with the author's permission and some postings on available jobs for Arabic instructors as per 2012.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
World Cultures
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Taoufiq Cherkaoui
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Calligraphy
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What started out as a gallery to display the calligraphy of two artists is today a website devoted to the art of Arabic calligraphy. It includes a wall where other artists can post their own Arabic calligraphy, basic information on the Arabic language, a blog about calligraphy, and more. Users can post comments on the website.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
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Arabic Calligraphy
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Course Achievement tests
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The Arabic Course Achievement tests measure reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, as well as grammar and vocabulary. The exams can be administered to students of all proficiency levels in PK-12 schools as well as college. The length of the exams is 1-2 hours and can be scored by a computer or a locally trained scorer. The intended test use can be for placement, credit by examination, achievement, and or fulfilling a requirement.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Mahdi Alosh
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic-English Dictionary for the Use of Students
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This dictionary (published in 1899) is intended for the use of students. Due to its publication date, it corresponds more to classical Arabic or older formal Arabic rather than to MSA. It is organized by root with derivative forms of words are included under their three-letter root.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Catholic Press
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Keyboard
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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.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Arabic Keyboard
Date Added:
10/11/2013
Arabic Music Translation
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This blog offers translations of Arabic songs into English. Arabic transcriptions of the song lyrics are also provided, as are the transliterated lyrics. Where possible, the song has been added to the website as well so that users can listen to the song as well as read along. Users can request new songs to be translated, submit their own translations, and leave comments. Users can also search the site or click on a singer's name to be given a list of their songs that have been translated on the site.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
arabicmusictranslation
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Papyrus, Parchment, and Paper
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The collection of Arabic papyrus, parchment, and paper at the J. Willard Marriott Library is the largest in the U.S. It contains several parchment pieces, 770 Arabic papyrus documents, and over 1,300 Arabic paper documents. The collection was compiled by Professor Atiya and his wife who purchased the collection over several years, largely from dealers in Egypt, Beirut, and London. Most of the collection originated in Egypt and the vast majority of the material is from 700 AD to the start of Ottoman rule. The collection is not yet cataloged.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
U.S. History
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
University of Utah
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Proficiency Test
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The Arabic Proficiency Test measures reading and listening skills. The exam can be administered to high school and college students as well as to professionals. The length of the exam is 2 hours 30 minutes and its format is selected response/multiple choice. Ultimately, the reported result is based on ACTFL scores of novice, intermediate, advanced, and auperior proficiency levels.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Raji M. Rammuny
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Proverbs and Translations
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This web page contains an extensive list of Arabic proverbs. Each proverb is given an translation in the English language to make it easily understood by the learner; for some of the phrases, there is a further explanation of what is meant by the proverb, i.e. A needle in a haystack = something that is very difficult to find.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Wikimedia Foundation
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Speaking Test (AST)
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The Arabic Speaking Test measures speaking skills. The exam can be administered to those at ACTFL intermediate, advanced, and superior proficiency levels. The test can be given to high school and college students and to professionals. The length of the exam is 25-50 minutes and its format is a simulated oral proficiency interview. Ultimately, the result reported is a proficiency level.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
University of Michigan/Center for Applied Linguistics
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Stories
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This web site contains many short stories and texts in Arabic. Hundreds of writers from more than twenty different countries are currently participating in this project. To access the stories, the user chooses an author and then a text from among the titles that the author has provided for the site.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Arabic Story
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Talking Stories
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This is a collection of children's stories that are linked to on the Books To Learn Arabic blog and are available for free download. There are 36 different books available that move up from grade 1 to grade 4, progressing in difficulty as the grade levels move up. A pictoral dictionary accompanies each page and teaches the meanings of some words in this way. When downloaded, the files come with an audio component so that the books can be read to you when the words are clicked on.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
bookstolearnarabic
Date Added:
10/14/2013
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.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Individual Authors
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anonymous
Date Added:
09/12/2013
Arabic and the Problem of Diglossia
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This paper speaks about Arabic and the problem of diglossia. In the paper, the author discusses the place of Arabic in the world of languages. The author also speaks about some of the aspects that make Arabic a difficult language to learn for speakers of Indo-European languages and discusses the problem of diglossia in modern Arabic. Ultimately, he makes a proposal on a possible way to teach Arabic that directly addresses the diglossia issue.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Andrew Freeman
Author:
Andrew Freeman
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Bing Translator
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The Bing translator can translate to and from 39 different languages. The program can translate words, phrases, idioms, and complete sentences with a high degree of accuracy. An audio component is included for English words. The most commonly used translated word is given for translated words and phrases, i.e. 'fill' for ___ instead of 'work'.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Microsoft
Date Added:
10/14/2013
CAL Oral Proficiency Exam (COPE)
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The CAL Oral Proficiency Exam (COPE) measures listening and speaking skills and is offered for various languages, Arabic being one of them. The exam can be administered to students at an intermediate proficiency level in the 5-7th grade. The length of the exam is 15-20 minutes per pair of students.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Center For Applied Linguistics
Author:
Shelley Gutstein, Sarah Goodwin, Nancy Rhodes, Gina Richardson, Lynn Thompson, Lih-Shing Wang
Date Added:
10/14/2013
CAST
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The CAST exam measures speaking skills and is offered for various languages, Arabic being one of them. The exam can be administered to students at an intermediate and advanced proficiency level who are in the 10-12th grade, students in college, and to professionals. The length of the exam is 30 minutes and it is rated by a CAST assessor or by a teacher/reviewer. The exams are anonymous and results are sent by e-mail automatically after rating.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Center For Applied Linguistics
Date Added:
10/14/2013
The CJK Dictionary Institute - Arabic
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The CJK Dictionary Institute was originally established for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) resources, but has been expanded in recent years to other languages, including Arabic. The many Arabic resources available through the CJK Dictionary Institute include databases of proper nouns, transliteration programs, dictionaries, databases, articles related to transcription and translation issues, and more. The institute also provides software developers with dictionary data as well as consulting services.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
The CJK Dictionary Institute
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER)
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The Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) at the University of Pennsylvania is one of the fifteen Language Resource Centers established under Title VI of the U.S. Department of Education. According to the website, CALPER's particular focus is to improve the environment of advanced-level foreign language teaching and learning and assessment. The center thus far has developed innovative teaching materials, created online professional development resources, offered workshops for educators, and more.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER)
Date Added:
10/14/2013
The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)
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The mission of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Aquisition (CARLA) is to study multilingualism and multiculturalism, to develop knowledge of second language acquisition, and to advance the quality of second language teaching, learning, and assessment. Some of the ways in which the center aims to achieve this mission is by conducting research and action projects in order to share research-based forms of knowledge.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Assessment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS)
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The goal of the Center for Applied Second Language Studies at the University of Oregon is to improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages. Similar to other language resource centers, CASLS creates language learning and teaching materials, offers professional development opportunities, and conducts research on foreign language learning.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Assessment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS)
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language & Literacy (CERCLL)
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The Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) at the University of Arizona is one of the 15 Language Research Centers established across the nation under Title VI of the U.S. Department of Education. CERCLL researches culture, language and literacy with less commonly taught languages. The center also strives to provide educators with teaching resources and opportunities for their professional development.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
World Cultures
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language & Literacy (CERCLL)
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Classroom Oral Competency Interview (COCI)
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The Classroom Oral Competency Interview (COCI) exam tests for listening and speaking skills and is offered for any language. The exam can be administered to students in 6-12th grade as well as in college. The length of the exam is 5-7 minutes. The exam consists of a face to face interview and the result reported is a proficiency level.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Center For Applied Linguistics
Author:
California Foreign Language Project
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Classroom Writing Competency Assessment (CWCA)
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The Classroom Writing Competency Assessment (CWCA) exam tests for writing skills and is offered for any language. The exam can be administered to students of all proficiency levels in 5-12th grade. The exam was designed to provide teachers with indicators of increases in student writing competency. Students produce a writing sample following a given prompt, which must be created based on the following format: context, text, function, and content.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
California Foreign Language Project
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Clavier Arabe Virtual Keyboard
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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 as well as instant connection to google translate for quick translation.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Clavier Arabe
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Clavier Arabe virtual keyboard
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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.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Clavier Arabe
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Columbus Public Schools Foreign Language Oral Assessment Kit, Levels I-III
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The Columbus Public Schools Foreign Language Oral Assessment tests for speaking skills and is offered for any language. The exam can be administered to students of all proficiency levels in 7-12th grade. The exam is based on scenarios and only tests what students can realistically respond to.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Columbus Public Schools Level I-III Foreign Language Oral Assessment Project
Author:
Robert E Robison et al.
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Dictionary of synonyms, antonyms, rhymes, and broken plurals
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This online dictionary, entirely in Arabic, gives Arabic synonyms and antonyms of words entered into the dictionary, helping to expand the vocabulary of anyone using it. It also gives rhyming words for those interested in writing poetry or for any other reason one might need a rhyming word. The broken plurals of words are also displayed.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Taha Zerrouki
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Dictionary of the Quran
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This Arabic-English dictionary of the Qur'an is not compiled in the traditional, alphabetical way, but rather by chapter and word order in the Qur'an. The list is available both for viewing online as well as via downloadable PDF documents. Prepositions and attached pronouns are included in the list alongside full words. The word list doesn't include every single word in a particular verse if that word has been mentioned before, i.e. ____ is only listed once in the Surat al-Fatiha vocabulary despite being in the chapter twice. Roots of longer words are frequently given.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
eMuslim
Date Added:
10/14/2013
ElixirFM Online Interface
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This online interface processes MSA using four different modes. The 'Resolve' mode provides tokenization and morphological analysis of the inserted text while the 'Inflect' mode lets users inflect words into the forms required by context. The 'Derive' mode allows users to derive words of similar meaning but different grammatical category. The 'Lookup' mode can lookup lexical entries by the citation form and nests of entries by the root; it also allows users to search in the English translations.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Linguistics
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Otakar Smr_, Viktor Bielick_, Tim Buckwalter
Date Added:
10/14/2013
English - Arabic Finance Glossary
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This is a lengthy glossary of highly technical terms focused on finance. Its contents include words dealing with taxes, inheritance, interest rates, retirement plans, and every other aspect of personal finance, as well as many generic legal terms that are also used in the finance world.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Finance
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Translation Directory
Author:
Badr Assila
Date Added:
10/14/2013
English Arabic Juvenile Law Glossary
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This is a small and extremely specialized glossary containing words that related to the legal status and concerns of minors and juveniles, including such issues as child abuse and the emancipation of minors. Words are translated, but not transliterated.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Law
General Law
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Translation Directory
Date Added:
10/14/2013
English-Arabic Legal Glossary
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This is an extensive glossary of technical legal terms. Its contents include words dealing with contracts, court terminology, and legal language. The glossary also includes certain economic, real estate and various terms from other disciplines that intersect with the law.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Law
General Law
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Translation Directory
Author:
Mohamed El-Awagy
Date Added:
10/14/2013
English-Arabic Vocabulary Quizzes
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These English-Arabic vocabulary multiple choice quizzes are grouped by vocabulary type, including adverbs of time, colors, days of the week, fruit, and so forth. Most of the quizzes use Arabic script, while a few are in transliterated Arabic for those on computers not equipped with unicode. Quizzes are written by volunteers and although designed for the native Arabic speaking student learning English, they can also be used for the native English speaking student learning Arabic. Some of the quizzes include sound effects.

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Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Provider:
The Internet TESL Journal
Date Added:
10/14/2013
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