Whoever humbles himself for God, shall be raised (من تواضع لله رفعه الله)

✍️ Get in Touch

I always love to hear from students, teachers, readers of my books, and anyone keen on language learning and teaching. Free free to drop me a note to say Hi!

If you wish to collaborate on designing learning or teaching resources both open-access or commercial, I’d love to hear from you. I’m always keen to join forces with creative teachers and students to work together and create something meaningful and beautiful.

You can reach me via:

  • Twitter: Mourad Diouri
  • LinkedIn: Mourad Diouri
  • Instagram: Mouradd_com 
  • Postal Address:: Mourad Diouri, 19 George Square, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, U. of Edinburgh, EH89LD, Edinburgh
  • Email (Work): m.diouri@ed.ac.uk 

Alternatively, feel free to drop me a line using this form.

7 Phrases to use when … Expressing Opinions in Colloquial Arabic (S)

Related Posts

7 Recommended Readings on … Writing Skills for Learners of Arabic

Publication DatePublicationFind out More
2012Developing Writing Skills in ArabicRead more
2021How to Write in Arabic: Developing Your Academic Writing StyleRead more
1995The Connectors in Modern Standard ArabicRead more
2013A to Z of Arabic-English-Arabic TranslationRead more
2013Uktub Al-‘Arabiya: Beginners Writing Skills in Modern Standard Arabic (Beginners)Read more
2014Uktub Al-‘Arabiya: Intermediate Writing Skills in Modern Standard ArabicRead more
2012Uktub Al-‘Arabiya: Writing Skills in Modern Standard Arabic (Advanced)Read more
2010The Grammar and Writing Guide: Arabic A-LevelRead more
2018THE WRITING GUIDE: Arabic GCSE Based on EDEXCEL SPECIFICATIONRead more
1999Arabic Writing for StyleRead more
2005Using Arabic: A Guide to Contemporary Usage Read more

Part of “The Arabic Learner’s Writing Toolkit” series. To find out more about this series, go to → 7 Things to learn

7+ Ways to say … “Please, accept my condolences” in Arabic (S)

Conference Workshop (June 2021) | “I See What You Mean”: Training teachers to become competent visual teachers in the Arabic classroom

BATA Inaugural International Conference

  • Date: 24 & 25 June 2021
  • Location: Online
  • Organiser: The British Association of Teachers of Arabic (BATA) and the University of Leeds

Title of the Workshop        

  • “I See What You Mean”: Training teachers to become competent in visual teachers in the Arabic classroom

Key words      

  • Visual teaching, visual literacy, visual-rich technologies, eLearning, teacher training

Sub-Themes

  • Curriculum design and development
  • Teaching Arabic and professional development
  • Technology-based e-learning Arabic

Presentation Abstract

 We live in a world, where we became predominantly visual communicators (and teachers) and where the wise Henrik Ibsen said: “A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.” which then was changed by Tess Flanders to “A picture is worth a thousand words’ applies more than ever. This is equally true for Arabic learners and teachers who are submerged in visual imagery such as images, videos, emojis, avatar, infographics and other visual aids.

Visual aids have proven to be a popular teaching aid, allowing teachers and students alike ample opportunities to express their creativity in creating teacher- and student-generated resources.

This paper aims to explore the power, impact and educational benefits of visual learning and teaching from both the practitioner and student’s perspective. The paper will highlight the latest research findings and share personal reflections of many years of experimentation with visual teaching of the Arabic language and culture at the University of Edinburgh, including lessons learnt from training MFL & Arabic teachers to embrace visual teaching in their practice.

The presentation will cover discussions, namely around: 

  • How visual aids can be utilised effectively to maximise the teaching of productive and receptive language skills, vocab-building, grammar understanding, pronunciation and culture awareness, particularly relevant to the Arabic learner.
  • To examine the potential possibilities and educational value of visual imagery, digital photography, virtual realia and visual-rich technologies available.
  • To put a call to aspiring and experienced teachers to tap into the power and impact of this relatively poorly understood and utilised field (Maley, A., Keddie, J 2009) but mostly taken-for-granted and overlooked area that could positively impact teacher’s practice and learner engagement.
  • To put a case forward to teachers to rethink their material development rationale and how to shift away from static and unengaging text-based content/curricula to visually-rich and image-enhanced resource design.

Finally, the paper will introduce a number of tried-and-tested ideas and recommendations that are innovative, practical and easy to implement within and outside the Arabic classroom

 References 

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #21

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #21

مَنْ مَنَّ مِنْ مَنٍّ مُنَّ مِنَ المَنَّان

Whoever gives from the gifts (of God) shall be rewarded from the Ever Giving (One of the name of God in Islam)

In remembrance of Ghassan Kanafani

In remembrance of Ghassan Kanafani, the fearless novelist and writer of resistance, who was born on this day in 1936. (8th April 1936) #غسان_كنفاني #GhassanKanafani

7 Discussion & Mailing Lists For Language Teaching Professionals (Arabic Language & Area Studies )

If you are a teacher, you must be a member of at least one mailing lists. Here are some of the well known and active mailing lists for professionals in the field of Arabic language education and related fields.

Arabic-L (JISCMAIL)

  • ARABIC-L is a mailing list for Arabic Language Teaching professionals, currently administered by the University of Leeds (prior to that it was administered by Prf. Dilworth Parkinson from Brigham Young University)
  • To subscribe: send a message to Arabic-l@lists.leeds.ac.uk
  • To contact the person managing the list: arabic-l-owner@lists.leeds.ac.uk

Arabic Network (JISCmail)

  • Arabic Network (JISC) is a discussion list for teachers of Arabic working secondary, higher and further education.
  • For more info, visit: Arabic Network (JISCmail)
  • Mailing List Email: Arabic-Network@Jiscmail.ac.uk

ADABIYAT | Middle Eastern Literary Traditions

  • ADABIYAT is a mailing list dedicated to discussions of the literary traditions of the Middle East, including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu and Hebrew.
  • For more information visit: ADABIYAT page
  • To subscribe to the email list visit: ADABIYAT

LIS-MIDDLE-EAST (JISCmail)

TRANSLATION (JISCmail)

BRAIS (The British Association for Islamic Studies) (JISCmail)

  • To subscribe, visit BRAIS List
  • Mailing List Email: BRAIS@jiscmail.ac.uk

AULC (Association of University Language Communities) (JISCmail)

  • AULC mailing lists are hosted by JISCmail.
  • For more info, visit: AULC Mailing List
  • Mailing List Email: aulc-members@jiscmail.ac.uk

Association for Language Learning (for ALL Members)

  • To subscribe, email: info@all-languages.org.uk

SCILT (Scotland’s National Centre for Languages)

  • For more info, visit: SCILT

7 Phrases to use when … Introducing a topic

Part of “The Arabic Learner’s Writing Toolkit” series. To find out more about this series, go to → 7 Things to learn

Arabic Quote … More Options, More Confusion

As the Arabs would say … اذا بدك تحيرو خيرو If you wish to confuse someone offer them choices i.e. More options, more confusion

7+ Types of Writing Assignments In Arabic

Mistakes are good … Embrace Your Mistakes

أخطاؤك هي  الدليل على  أنك تحاول.تعلم منها ثم تخطاها.تجنب تكرارها. لا تفكر فيها كثيرا.تصالح مع نفسك وسامحها على أخطاء ارتكبتها في الماضي.

Your mistakes are proof that you are trying. Learn from them, then skip them. Avoid repeating them. Do not think about them too much. Reconcile with yourself. Let go of past mistakes.

The 3 Stages of Mastery in 3 Arabic Letters ع ل م

The 3 Stages of Mastery in 3 Arabic Letters ع ل م

مراحل الإتقان الثلاث في ثلاثة أحرف عربية

7 Ways to say… Happy Easter in Arabic (S)

Wishing all my Christian friends and everyone who is celebrating a joyful and happier Easter day. 

This list was compiled in collaboration with 

Job Openings & Scholarships

Current job vacancies and scholarships for teachers (and students) of Arabic, Arabic literature and related fields.

To find out more information about these opportunities, please contact the institutions linked below

  1. Senior Language Teacher in Arabic (Fixed Term, Part time)
    • Department of East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge
  1. Research Fellow – Post-Doctorate Researcher (Arabic Poetry in the Cairo Genizah: History of Literacy and Education)
  2. Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature, U. of London
  3. Research Officer, LSE Middle East Centre
  4. Arabic Tutor required for 2021-22 academic year 
    • The Modern Languages Centre at the University of Huddersfield is looking for an Arabic tutor for the 2021-22 academic year. This is a PTHP, term time only post. We are a small centre with a friendly team providing a variety of languages to students, staff and the general public.   For more details and to express your interest please contact Vickie Sala Arslan, Languages Coordinator v.arslan@hud.ac.uk 
  1. The American University in Cairo, Center for Arabic Study Abroad 
  2. Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
  3. Qatar Scholarship Program
  4. Qalam wa Lawh Scholarships
  5. The Arab American Institute 
  6. The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Middle Eastern Studies 
  7. Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice

7 Core Skills to Develop when Teaching Languages Online

If you’re a language teacher using technology, keep this “Skills Pyramid” in mind … Both technical know-how and pedagogical knowledge are key skills to acquire and nurture in today’s technology-driven education. Skills Pyramid (Hampel & Stickler 2005)

  1. ICT competence
  2. Specific technical competence for the software
  3. Dealing with constraints and possibilities of the medium 
  4. Facilitating communicative competence 
  5. Online socialisation  
  6. Creativity & choice 
  7. Own style 

Skills Pyramid (Hampel & Stickler 2005)

Source: Hampel, R. & Stickler, U. (2005). New Skills for new classrooms. Training tutors to teach languages online. In CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning). 18 (4). pp. 311 – 326.

7+ Ways to say I Can, I Should & I Should have in Arabic (Modalities)

Arabic TongueTwisters | Pronunciation Training Resource

Photo Gallery

Archive

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #01شَمْس الصّيف وشَمْس الشِّتاء
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #02لَحْم الحَمام حَلال ولَحْم الحِمار حَرام
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #03صَفْحة سَبْعَة صَعْبة
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #04دَجاجَة جارْنا عَلى جِدار دارْنا
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #05خيط حَرير على حيط خالتي أمّ خَليل
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #06هذا المِشْمِش مشْ مِنْ مِشْمِشِتْنا
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #07مِشْمِشْنا مشْ مِشْمِشْكُم ومِشْمِشْكُم مشْ مِشْمِشْنا،
لماّ مَشْمَش مِشْمِشْكُم، ما كان مَشْمَش مِشْمِشْنا
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #08قَفص قَصب في قَفص خَشَب
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #09خشَبات الحبْس خمس خشَبات وَخشبة
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #10خوخ الشّـيخ خوش خوخ
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #11قَميص شَريف نَشَف
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #12شَرِبْت بيبْسي وَأَكَلْت شِبْسي
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #13قَفَصْ بَصَلْ ومَصِّيتْ قَفَص قَـصَب
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #14طَبَخْنا في مَطْبَخْكُم طَبْخِتْنا
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #15جدار دار طين دارْنا أكْبَر مِنْ جدار دار طين جارْنا
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #16جَوْ جَدَّه زَيْ جَوْ جِيزان
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #17خَميس الخَبّاز خَبَزْ خَمْس خُبْزات
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #18أَلَمٌ أَلَمَّ أَلَمْ أُلِمَّ بِدَائِهِ إِنْ أنَّ آنٌّ آنَ آنُ أَوَانِهِ
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #19لَم أَجِد حَلّ يَحـُلُّ مَحَلّ الحَلّ الحالي لحالتي الحالية
Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #20روحي وروحك ياروحي روحين بروح , مترح متروح روحك روحی بتروح

Copyright

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #15

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #17

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #16

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #14

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #13

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #12

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #11

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #10

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #09

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #08

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #07

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #06

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #05

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #04

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #03

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #01

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Tongue Twisters in Arabic | #02

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Tongue Twisters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

7+ Dramatic Headlines in Arabic about The 2021 Suez Canal Crisis أزمة قناة السويس

Headlines

West vs. Arabs | والفرق بيننا نقطة

One of the topics I discussed recently w/ our Advanced Arabic Masters students was Stereotyping Arabs in Hollywood cinema, focusing mainly on Jack Shaheen’s research in his book

Every year I teach this lesson, this visual comes to mind

As a pre-class activity, I ask students to watch @AljazeeraDoc film “Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a Peoplebased on the book (by the same title) by Dr. J. Shaheen

Letter Sheen | “I’m Charlie ___ and the only thing I’m addicted to …” | A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Ayn | “Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone” | A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Meem | “ I was a meme like the letter before the Internet!”

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Ghayn | “As the saying goes : No pain, no gain” | A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Seen | “Haven’t seen you in while …” | A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Jeem | “If you want to get in shape… “ | A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Daal | “I’m a children’s author …” | A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Saad | “Sod is another synonym for turf” | A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Sheen | “He is an American actor….” | A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Seen | “Have you seen the crime scene?” | A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Raa’ | “The animals went in two by two …” | A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Taa’ | The Arabic alphabet is so friendly… A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Laam| “Mary had a little lamb …” | A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Meem | “Arabic has all the best memes” | A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Noon | “I like to take my afternoon naps” | A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Waaw | “When I saw you, I was like wow!” | A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Kaaf | “A baby cow is called a calf” | A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

Letter Baa’ | “Baa, Baa black sheep, Have you any wool?” | A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters (Using English Words & Rhymes)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to: A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

A wee Introduction to Arabic Letters | Using English Words & Rhymes

1Letter Bā’ (ب)“Baa, Baa black sheep, Have you any wool?
2Letter Tā’ (ت)“The Arabic alphabet is so friendly… “
3Letter Jīm (ج)“If you want to get in shape… “
4Letter Dāl (د)“I’m a children’s author …”
5Letter Rā’ (ر)“The animals went in two by two …”
6Letter Sīn (س)“Haven’t seen you in while …”
7Letter Sīn (س)“Have you seen the crime scene?
8Letter Shīn (ش)“He is an American actor….
9Letter Shīn (ش)“I’m Charlie ___ and the only thing I’m addicted to …”
10Letter Sād (ص)“Sod is another synonym for turf
11Letter ʿayn (ع)“Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
12Letter Ghayn (غ)“As the saying goes : No pain, no gain
13Letter Rā’ (غ)“There’s a well-known river in Europe …”
14Letter Kāf (ك)A baby cow is called a calf
15Letter Lām (ل)“Mary had a little lamb …
16Letter Mīm (م)“I was a meme like the letter before the Internet!”
17Letter Mīm (م)“Arabic has all the best memes
18Letter Nūn (ن)“I like to take my afternoon naps
19Letter Wāw (و)“When I saw you, I was like wow!

Transcribing Arabic | Tried & Tested Tip

Set #23 | Similar Sounding Consonants: Single ⇄ Double

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #22 | Short ⇄ Long Vowels (Damma vs, Waaw)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #21 | Short ⇄ Long Vowels (Kasra ⇄ Yaa’)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #20 | Short ⇄ Long Vowels (Fatha ⇄ Alif.)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #19 | Similar Sounding Letters: Double يّ ⇄ Single ي

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #18 | Similar Sounding Letters: Consonant ي ⇄ Vowel ي

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #17 | Similar Sounding Letters: Consonant و ⇄ Vowel و

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #16 | Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Alif (آ ⇄ أ)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #15 | Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Alif (ا ⇄ أ)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #14 | Similar-Sounding Letters ( ك ⇄ ق)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #13 | Similar-Sounding Letters ( س ⇄ ص)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #12 | Similar-Sounding Letters ( ز ⇄ س )

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #11 | Similar-Sounding Letters ( ز ⇄ ظ )

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #10 | Similar-Sounding Letters ( ذ ⇄ ز)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #09 | Similar-Sounding Letters ( ذ ⇄ ظ)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #08 | Similar-Sounding Letters ( د ⇄ ض)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #07 | Similar-Sounding Letters ( خ ⇄ غ)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic

Set #06 | Similar-Sounding Letters ( ح ⇄ ع)

Find out More

To find out more about this resource, go to Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic