Arabic language resources – Language Links Database
Native speakers: 290 million (2010)
Official language in: Modern Standard Arabic is an official language of 27 states, the third most after English and French
Arabic Grammar, Pronunciation and Vocabulary
- FSI Language Courses - Saudi Arabic Basic Course (Urban Hijazi Dialect) - contains a textbook (pdf) and 50 audio lessons
- FSI Language Courses Classical and Modern Arabic Writing System – course contains 30 audio lessons and 4 textbooks (pdf)
Though there is considerable diversity of dialects in spoken Arabic, the written language is fairly standard with the differences falling into historical periods rather than geographical areas. The emphasis in the Modern Written Arabic course is on reading modern printed Arabic. However, before attempting this, it is necessary to learn the Arabic writing system and have reasonably accurate pronunciation. The course provides spoken exercises in Arabic and the printed transcriptions that are essential to achieving mastery of the material.
- FSI Language Courses Levantine Arabic – Introduction to Pronunciation. 19 Audio Lessons.
- FSI Language Courses - 2 Comparative Arabic Courses: “From Eastern To Western Arabic” (pdf) and “Levantine and Egyptian Arabic Comparative Study” (pdf).
- Madinah Arabic.com - contains Arabic Language Course – 110 lessons (70 more to be added)and Arabic reading course for beginners. The website also offers paid 1-1 tuition.
- DaadLanguage - an introduction to Arabic. It contains lessons, phrases and vocabulary.
- ArabicTripod.com - a free website that aims to provide as much as possible comprehensive information on the Arabic language and its grammar. It stopped being updated years ago. However, it still contains a lot of useful information.
- Arabic Alphabet.org - interactive lessons teaching the Arabic alphabet.
- Arabic Genie - The Pronunciation
- Learn Arabic Online.com - this website contains a large and ever-growing repository of tutorials on the Arabic language اللغة العربية. Here you can learn to read Arabic, write Arabic, learn Arabic numbers, learn to conjugate Arabic verbs, delve into Arabic grammar, and much more.
The material ranges from absolutely introductory tutorials to tutorials for even the most advanced literature. Both the absolute basics of the language are covered, such as the alphabet and verb conjugation, as well as very advanced material, such as Arabic poetry and deep etymology. It is an extraordinary supplement to Arabic language courses and is an invaluable and authoritative resource for Classical Arabic.
- MyLanguages.org - courses about adjectives, adverbs, articles, gender (feminine, masculine…), negation, nouns, numbers, phrases, plural, prepositions, pronouns, questions, verbs, vocabulary, exercises… to help you with your Arabic grammar.
- The Colombia University – introduction To Arabic Natural Language Processing, 120 pages (pdf)
- IslamoPas “This multimedia course is based on “step by step Approach to reading and writing Arabic” by Mohi e-Din Saleh. It assumes that the reader knows nothing about the Arabic language.
It has ten lessons and every lesson should take no longer than an hour .
If you are a beginner, I recommend that you begin with Lesson One and progress through the course lesson by lesson. Just take your time and be sure to try all the problems.”
- LookLex - this is an online course in Arabic. It teaches you basic sentences, how to write, how to count and introduces Arabic grammar. All with sounds! This course will teach you about 400 of the most common words in Arabic.
- SearchTruth - basic grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary
- ILanguages - this site is designed to teach you and help you learn Arabic for free through vocabulary, phrases, grammar and flashcards (vocabulary trainer).
- Oman Pocket Guide - useful Arabic words and phrases with audio (travel related)
- Internet Polyglot - vocabulary and language games
Arabic Reading Materials
- Arabic2000.com - a listing of Arab newspapers and news-related websites
- Firdaous - this free online English – Arabic dictionary, with translation into phonetics, contains more than 2000 words in its lexicon, which is constantly updated
- Google Translate
- Mo3jam - a user-generated dictionary of colloquial Arabic
- http://livingarabic.com/dictionaries.html - including some dialects
Arabic Listening and Video Resources
Podcasts / Audiobooks
- ITunes Arabic Pod – 30 lessons for beginners
TV / Video/ Movies
- Learn Arabic With Maha – YouTube channel
- Learn Arabic with ArabicPod101.com – YouTube channel, tons of great, high-quality lessons
- Arabic for Beginners - YouTube channel, 15-part course by Lovisa Berg, Dalarna University
- Rad.io - a list of over 60 Arabic radio stations
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