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Poets' Gate

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Poets' Gate is a website that contains examples of Arabic poetry ranging from the jahiliyyah period to the present day in an attempt to create a comprehensive diwan (or compilation) of Arabic poetry. Poems are divided according to the time periods and poets. The site also provides biographic information about the poets and a full list of their poems.

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al-Muallaqat

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This website contains all of the muallaqat, or odes, from pre-Islamic Arabia. They are recorded, some with accompanying music, along with the written text so listeners can read along. Many words are highlighted; these words include grammatical explanations. The website is full of information about classical Arabic poetry and includes a search engine where people can look for words by root. The website will then tell the user in what line(s) of poetry the word is located. The website is entirely in Arabic.

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Places, Authentic Images, and Destinations: Power Point Presentation

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Developed by Washington Latin Public Charter School, this thirty-nine slide Power Point presentation displays several pictures of popular, everyday destination places in the Arab world. The Power Point is thematically organized by a question (in Arabic) on its title slide - "Where are you going?" - and subsequent slides display popular places such as internet cafes, restaurants, homes, schools, and coffee shops. Each slide is introduced by a question, "What is this?," and an answer "This is a...," both of which are in Arabic. Most pictures are authentic images taken on-location at several places throughout the Arab world, and thus feature prominent Arabic writing on signs, houses, advertisements, and so on.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Diagram/Illustration

Author: CLASSRoad Admin

Aswaat Arabiyya

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Aswaat Arabiyya is an archive of 245 videos in Arabic, listed by difficulty level and accompanied by glossaries and four worksheets each that focus on every aspect of listening comprehension. Selections come largely from Arabic media, with some cultural presentations by native speakers. Videos cover the entire Arabic-speaking world and include MSA and different dialects. Materials are designed to be used both as in-class activities and homework assignments. Videos can be slowed down.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Interactive, Lecture

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.

Material Type: Assessment, Lecture, Reading

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.

Material Type: Reading

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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Vocabulary Words: The Human Body

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This list presents a basic set of vocabulary words that deal the human body, including verbs and nouns that address body parts like the eyes, arms, and legs, as well as actions done on the human body, including combing one's hair. 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 Arabic and Egyptian colloquial Arabic. All of the words feature Arabic text and transliteration.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

SoftArabic

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Soft Arabic is a tool dedicated to the Arabic language and teaching it to non-native speakers. Lists of vocabulary in English and Arabic, complete with pictures when appropriate and transliterated words, are available to assist with correct pronunciation. Many vocabulary words have an audio component as well. In addition to vocabulary lessons, basic grammar lessons on adjectives and conjunctions, the layout of the Arabic keyboard, pronunciation lessons, and lessons on the Arabic alphabet are available. A login option is available.

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The Arabic Student

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This is a blog that links to videos, music, and other information about studying and learning Arabic. The blog provides comments on information provided. For instance, there is a link to an episode of The Simpsons in Arabic while providing sentences and translations of some of the more complicated phrasing.

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Vocabulary Words: Media and the Arts

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This list presents a basic set of vocabulary words that deal with categories of media and the arts, including verbs and nouns that deal with cinema, song, dance, plays, and film criticism. The list also contains verbs and nouns that cover key aspects of broadcast media. 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 Arabic and Egyptian colloquial. All words feature Arabic script and transliteration.

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Vocabulary Words: Clothes

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This list presents a basic set of vocabulary words that deal with categories of clothing, jewelry, and tailoring. The words include both nouns and verbs that describe various clothing items, clothing styles, and types of clothing accessories.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 Arabic and Egyptian colloquial Arabic. All of the words feature Arabic script and transliteration.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

CultureTalk - Arab World

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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.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Arabic I

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This is a textbook for beginning Arabic language learning. The textbook is divided into twelve lessons. Each lesson focuses on an activity and common theme to introduce the basics of Arabic. Each lesson starts with a short video, which you'll be asked to watch. To help you understand the video, each lesson also includes a transcript (in English), a list of vocabulary (with audio clips), and language and grammar notes.

Material Type: Full Course, Textbook

Poets' Gate

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Poets' Gate is a website that contains examples of Arabic poetry ranging from the jahiliyyah period to the present day in an attempt to create a comprehensive diwan (or compilation) of Arabic poetry. Poems are divided according to the time periods and poets. The site also provides biographic information about the poets and a full list of their poems.

Material Type: Reading

Transparent Language (Review)

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This website is a platform for products and services by Transparent Language, some available for free. It also includes a survival list of Arabic phrases in transliteration with audio recordings, Arabic tests and quizzes, an overview of the Arabic language, a blog, a word of the day in Arabic script and embedded in a sentence, and more. A link to their free Byki Express flashcards is also provided, as is a link to their online language classes.

Material Type: Reading

Author: CLASSRoad Admin