An ABC of Food & Drink (Arabic) ألفبائية الطعام والشراب

An ABC of Food & Drink (Arabic) ألفبائية الطعام والشراب

A small gift to all students and teachers of Arabic, wherever you are.

#VisualLearning #VisualTeaching

An ABC of Moroccan Arabic (ألفبائية المغرب: الدارجة المغربية)

An Abc of CoronaVirus (ألفبائية كورونا)


My colleague @MariamAboelezz & I are delighted to share w/ you a visual preview of the publication we’re currently working on “CoronaVirus Lexicon: A Practical Guide for Arabic Learners & Translators”

Arabic Reader Wise & Witty Quotes about … Diplomacy (الدبلوماسية)

A selection of 7+ Arabic quotations that can be used in the language classroom by students (and teachers) as prompts for writing and conversation practice.

Included also: → Teaching Tips | 7+ Ways to Use … Quotations in the Language Classroom

Arabic Numerals | Common Patterns & Derivatives

Inspired by a conversation I had w/ a colleague from Spain about #Arabic vocabulary and loanwords, here’s a rough design of a #visualresource that teachers might find useful when teaching Arabic Numerals: Common Patterns & Derivatives – The case of 3

Media Coverage of the Palestinian Issue

Media Coverage of the Palestinian Issue: There are always two sides to every story

#Palestine #فلسطين #PalestineBleeding #PalestineUnderAttack

7 Phrases to use when … Expressing Failure & Disappointment

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

7 Phrases to use when … Expressing Sentiments (negative)

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

7+ Phrases to use when … Expressing Disagreement & Disapproval

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

7+ Phrases to use when … Expressing Doubt & Reservation

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

7+ Phrases to use when … Expressing Agreement & Approval

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

A guide to Punctuation Marks in Arabic علامات الترقيم

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

7 Phrases to use when … Expressing Opinion in Arabic (W)

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

Related Posts

7 Phrases to use when … Introducing Quotations in Arabic

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

7 Phrases to use when Saying … etc. (et cetera) in Arabic

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

7 Sentence Connectors & Transition Words to use when … Writing Essays in Arabic (Sequential Connectors)

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

7 Phrases to use when … Writing a Conclusion in Arabic

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

7 Phrases to use when … Expressing Generalisation

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

7 Phrases to use when … Expressing Similarity

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

7 Phrases to use when … Expressing Probability

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

7 Sentence Connectors to use when … Writing Essays in Arabic (Summative Connectors)

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

7 Sentence Connectors to use when … Writing Essays in Arabic (Causative Connectors)

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

7 Sentence Connectors to use when … Writing Essays in Arabic (Additive Connectors)

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

7 Phrases to use when … Expressing Suggestions in Arabic

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

7 Phrases to use when … Rephrasing & Paraphrasing in Arabic

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

7 Phrases to use when … Expressing Results in Arabic

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

7 Phrases to use when … Expressing Progress

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

7 Phrases to use when … Talking about Time (Expressions with the suffix -ئذ)

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

7+ Idiomatic Phrases to use when talking about… Death in Arabic

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

7 Phrases to use when … Marking Comparison in Arabic

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

7 Phrases to use when … Moving Between Ideas in Arabic

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

7 Phrases to use when … Expressing Established facts in Arabic

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

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 … Expressing Certainty in Arabic

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

7 Phrases to use when … Narrating a Story in Arabic

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

7 Phrases to use when … Illustrating with Examples in Arabic

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

7 Phrases to use when … Expressing Admiration in Arabic

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

7 Phrases to use when … Giving Explanations in Arabic

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

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

Events Calendar

Conferences, training workshops, symposia and similar events on Arabic language education and related fields . Updated regularly as and when events are advertised.

If you know of other events that should be added to this calendar, please feel free to share them in the comments section

2021


Event: Digital transformation of Arabic Language Learning and Teaching: Post Pandemic Implications

  • Date: December 18th-19th, 2021
  • Organiser: The Department of Arabic Language Instruction (ALI) and The Department of Applied LinguisticsTeaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) In Collaboration with Leiden University Language Learning Resource Centre (LLRC) Announce The Fourth Biennial International Conference

Conference in Innovation in language teaching and learning

  • 11 – 12 November 2021
  • 7 June 2021 Deadline for submitting abstract

ICALR 2021: International Conference on Arabic Language and Rhetoric

  • Date: August 05-06, 2021
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

BATA Inaugural International Conference

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

A Small Symposium on “New Trends in Arabic Language and Literacy Teaching

  • Organiser: The Education Unit of ATINER
  • Date : 17-20 May 2021
  • Location: Athens, Greece

ICAIS 2021: International Conference on Arabic and Islamic Studies

  • Date: April 22-23, 2021
  • Location: ONLINE, New York, United States

The 3rd Biennial Arabic Language Teaching & Learning in the UK Higher Education Conference

  • Organiser: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies conference
  • Date: 8 – 9 April 2021
  • Location: Online (Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies)
  • Call for Papers: The deadline for submissions to the 3rd Biennial Arabic Language Teaching & Learning in the UK Higher Education Conference is 12:00 am (GMT) on Saturday 19th December 2020

“العربية: أسئلة في الجذور والافاق”

  • Event: “العربية: أسئلة في الجذور والافاق”
  • Date : اليوم: الساعة ١٢:٣٠ ظهرا (الدوحة)
  • Organsier: د. منتصر الحمد – جامعة قطر


1. هل العربية شريفة أم مشرفة
2. الاصل السامي للغة والخط العربيين
3. هل ستصمد امام العولمة والعمالة الوافدة والعربيزي وغيرها.
4. مأسسة العربية باعتبارها راس مال بشري


محاضرات معرض الكتاب الإفتراضي – اللغة العربية: الجموع الأصيلة

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!

Set #23 | Similar Sounding Consonants: Single ⇄ Double

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Set #05 | Similar-Sounding Letters ( ح ⇄ ه)

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Set #04 | Similar-Sounding Letters ( ث ⇄ ص)

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Set #03 | Similar-Sounding Letters ( ث ⇄ س)

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Set #02 | Similar-Sounding Letters (ت ⇄ ط)

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Set #01 | Similar-Sounding Letters (أ ⇄ ع)

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Similar Sounding Letters in Arabic | Pronunciation Training Resource

Overview

The following is a comprehensive set of pronunciation drills of similar-sounding Arabic letters which highlight the contrast between strong/emphatic and light/non-emphatic sounds in Arabic. The examples in these drills are arranged in pairs and might sound very similar in pronunciation. Notice the different meanings of these words in the numbered “Key to Vocabulary ” without the need to memorise them at this stage.

How to use this resource?

  1. Practice reading these words aloud multiple times
  2. Pay close attention to the subtle difference in pronunciation between the letters/sounds in the right vs. the left column.
  3. Pair up with a study partner or a native speaker and practise reading the words together.
  4. Note down which sounds you are finding difficult and which ones require more practice. Discuss them with your teacher.

Archive

 Emphatic vs. Non-Emphatic Sounds
set #01Similar-Sounding Letters (أ vs. ع)
set #02Similar-Sounding Letters (ت vs. ط)
set #03Similar-Sounding Letters ( ث vs. س)
set #04Similar-Sounding Letters ( ث vs. ص)
set #05Similar-Sounding Letters ( ح vs. ه)
set #06Similar-Sounding Letters ( ح vs. ع)
set #07Similar-Sounding Letters ( خ vs. غ)
set #08Similar-Sounding Letters ( د vs. ض)
set #09Similar-Sounding Letters ( ذ vs. ظ)
set #10Similar-Sounding Letters ( ذ vs. ز)
set #11Similar-Sounding Letters ( ز vs. ظ )
set #12Similar-Sounding Letters ( ز vs. س )
set #13Similar-Sounding Letters ( س vs.ص)
set #14Similar-Sounding Letters ( ك vs. ق)
 Coming Soon
 Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Alif “أ”
Set #15Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Alif (ا vs. أ)
Set #16Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Alif (آ vs. أ)
 Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Waaw “و”
Set #17Similar Sounding Letters: Consonant و vs. Vowel و
 Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Yaa’ “ي”
Set #18Similar Sounding Letters: Consonant ي vs. Vowel ي
Set #19Similar Sounding Letters: Double يّ vs. Single ي
 Short vs. Long Vowels
Set #20Short vs. Long Vowels (Fatha vs. Alif.)
Set #21Short vs. Long Vowels (Kasra vs. Yaa’)
Set #22Short vs. Long Vowels (Damma vs, Waaw)
 Short Single vs. Double Consonant
Set #23Similar Sounding Consonants: Single vs. Double

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I’m .. & I Become | Self-Affirmations for Personal Growth

I’m .. & I become is a personal log of short, simple and positive self-affirmations which I compiled for personal use. Repeating self-affirmations is like having a direct self-talk and an inner-dialogue with your self and your sub-conscious. 

Each statement is written in the present tense and in the first person “I”.

You’re free to use them for your personal use as empowering mantras to declare specific goals and desires in their completed state.

Wishing you joy and peace

Mourad

Publications

BOOKS

FORTHCOMING TITLES 

  • Teach Yourself: Read & Write Arabic Script [WORKBOOK]
  • Publication Date: TBC
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; 2 edition
  • Language: English, Arabic

PUBLISHED BOOKS 

Teach Yourself: Essential Arabic Vocabulary: A Handbook of Core Terms

  • Publication Date: 18 Jun. 2015
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; Bilingual edition
  • Language: English, Arabic
  • Get it from:Amazon UK | Amazon USGoodReads

Internet Arabic: Essential Middle Eastern Vocabularies (w/ MP3 CD) 

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Visual Communication Signs for Online Teaching & Virtual Meetings [Multilingual]

OERabic Cards are a free set of printable and digital visual signs designed to help teachers and learners – and any remote participant – to communicate easily and visually (using visual clues) during teaching sessions online.

To access these resources , go to → OERabic Cards | Visual Communication Signs

Essential Checklists for Teaching & Studying Online (for Students & Teachers)

There’s a lot of advice and guidelines about teaching and learning online in the context of Covid19, which could be overwhelming sometimes, especially for teachers new to this area. The following checklists are basically a summary of top tips and recommendations (drawn from my personal experience in the field) as well utilising key findings from relevant literature. Feel free to copy them to your workspace in Notion and use them as a quick reference when teaching online.

I very much welcome your suggestions and contributions to the checklists. The lists will remain open drafts for editing and improvements.

To download the checklist for personal use, go to:

Studying Online | An Essential Checklist (for Students 👩‍🎓👨‍🎓)

Managing Virtual Classes | An Essential Checklist (for Teachers 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫) 

to access all checklists → Essential Checklists (for Students & Teachers) 

Internet Arabic: Essential Middle Eastern Vocabularies (w/ MP3 CD)

Overview

  • Publication Date: 31 Jul 2013
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press; Pap/MP3 Bl edition
  • Language: English, Arabic
  • 128 pages
  • ISBN Paperback: 9780748644919
  • Ebook (ePub): 9780748655434
  • Ebook (PDF): 9780748644933
  • Review it at: GoodReads
  • Get it from: Publisher
  • Get it from: Amazon UK | Amazon US 

All the expressions, jargon and new words you need to talk about the internet in Arabic

What’s the Arabic for ‘homepage’? How do you say ‘podcast’? Can you recognise the phrase ‘add this site to your favourites’? Or ‘printer-friendly version’? This vocabulary gives you ready-made lists of key terms for translating both from and into Arabic, grouped together in the way you’ll use them.

Key Features

  • Learn the language the way you’ll use it: terms grouped in thematic sections
  • Check your pronunciation with the included audio
  • Includes an index so you can easily find exactly what you’re looking for

Contents

User Guide
Introduction
1. General
2. Computer Hardware
3. My Digital Identity
4. Web Browsing & Surfing
5. Web Searching
6. Internet Services
7. Written Online Communication
8 Audio-visual Internet, 8.1 Visual Internet
9. E-Learning
10. Online Social Networking
11. Online Collaboration
12. Online & IT Security
13 Mobile Internet
Index

Audio Files

If you’re interested to expand your Arabic vocab into the world of the Internet, eLearning & Blogging & IT-related terminology; the audio recordings of my book Internet Arabic: Essential Middle Eastern Vocabularies are available to dwnld for free, courtesy of @EdinburghUP

Get it from: Amazon UK | Amazon US 

How to Say “NO” in Arabic in 30+ Ways

Here is a small project I’ve been working on for the past few days in preparation for the coming academic year (2020-21): Comprehensive set of Summary Posters of Arabic Negation Markers for students (and teachers)

To access all 33 visuals → http://bit.ly/3h0AtlQ

Book Review | Teacher’s Book of Cambridge IGCSE® Arabic as a First Language

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A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to be asked to review “Teacher’s Book of Cambridge IGCSE® Arabic as a First Language” by my dear colleague Luma Abdul Hameed from @GoldsmithsUoL and other authors.

I had to say I really enjoyed reading (and reviewing) it content incl. the many teaching tips it had.

Thank you @CambridgeUP for the opportunity

For more information on the publications:

  1. Teacher’s Book of Cambridge IGCSE® Arabic as a First Language
  2. Cambridge IGCSE® Arabic as a First Language Workbook (Cambridge International IGCSE)  2017 by Abdul Hameed, Luma, Al Amleh, Hanadi, Shoua Fakhouri 

 

 

Arabic Creative Writing through “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Story

Published on the IMES (Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies Dpt), U. of Edinburgh Newsletter

Arabic Creative Writing through “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Story 

In 2011, the tradition of rewriting the “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” story by Eric Carl was initiated. This well-known and much loved children story was chosen in particular since it featured much of the essential and basic vocabulary Arabic language students were expected to know by this stage of the Intensive Arabic Programme at IMES. The main vocabulary areas were namely: days of the week (أيام الأسبوع), numerals (الأرقام), food and drink (الأكل والشرب), colours (الألوان), adjectives (أسماء الصفة), basic verbs (الأفعال) and time vocabulary (مفردات الوقت).

After several months of learning Arabic intensively, students were immersed into the original story in Arabic using a variety of kinaesthetic and hands-on activities. Once they got to grips with the concepts within the story, a language assignment was set in which students were encouraged to think creatively and write freely in Arabic. The task was simply to work in groups to produce their own unique and creative version of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to showcase their newly acquired vocabulary and writing skills.

Within a short period of time, students produced wonderful and some hilariously funny stories over the past four years. Some class favourites are:  

  • The Little Witch Named Seham  (الساحرة الصغيرة سهام)
  • The Very Hungry King of Scotland (ملك اسكتلندا الجائع جداً)
  • The Very Determined Arabic Student (طالب اللغة العربية المصمم جداً)
  • The Seal who Loves Magic (كلب البحر الذي يحب السحر)
  • A Boy Without a Country (ولد بدون بلد)   
  • The Fat Princess (الأميرة السمينة) 
  • The Curious Pigeon (الحمامة الفضولية)
  • The Sad Leopard (النمر الغني جداً)
  • A Lonely Dog Called Pushkin (الكلب الوحيد بوشكن)
  • The Grumpy Cat (القط الغضبان)
  • The Orientalist Goat (الماعزة المستشرقة)
  • The Sad Bike (الدراجة الحزينة جداً)
  • The Fat Frog (الضفدع السمين جداً)
  • The Very Thirsty Young Bear (الدب الصغير والعطشان جداً)
  • The Very Sad Wolf (الذئب الحزين جداً)
  • The Gay Camel (الجمل المثلي)
  • The Greedy Bear (الدب الجشع)
  • The Very Fat Wombat (الومبت السمينة جداً)
  • The Vegetarian Leopard (الفهد النباتي)
  • The Very Tired Engineer (المهندس التعبان جداً)
  • The Very Thirsty Camel (الجمل العطشان جداً)  

To share and celebrate these creative achievements, over the past two years a tea party of a homemade cake decorated as none other than the Very Hungry Caterpillar served with Moroccan mint tea was organised to mark the end of the term. This year,  after showcasing all the stories, we also had a competition with prizes for the story most voted by the students themselves.

Since these stories are so well written and rich with vocabulary and creative ideas, we felt it is a shame to let them go to waste and so we are planning to collate the several years of accumulated stories into a collection that can be accessible, hopefully soon, across the University.

This initiative was introduced and led by Mourad Diouri as part of the curriculum of the Intensive Arabic Programme which is accessible to students enrolled at the MSc Arab World Studies and the MSc in International Relations of the Middle East with Arabic. 

Mourad Diouri

Teach Yourself: Essential Arabic Vocabulary: A Handbook of Core Terms (2015)

Overview

This book is a comprehensive guide to the most essential vocabulary in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA).  It’s an ideal study companion for those in formal or high school or college and university education as well as self-learners. 

It includes the following learning features:

  • – Contemporary and commonly used vocabulary
  • – Arabic vocalization and English translations for all words 
  • – Insight and context for Arabic loanwords
  • – Grammar toolbox of essential rules and structures
  • – Key dialect words and religious expressions
  • – Reference guide to support your studies 
  • – A wide range of useful topics 
  • – Insights into Arabic language and culture.

The book’s thematic approach covers words for:

  • – home and family 
  • – work and education 
  • – travel and tourism 
  • – government and politics 
  • – media and communication 
  • – hobbies and sport; and much more.

Contents & Thematic Sets

Featuring 20 theme-based units, this reference book is designed to help you become familiar with key Arabic words.

  • Meet the author
  • Only got a minute?
  • Only got five minutes?
  • Only got ten minutes?
  • Introduction
  • How this book works
  • How to learn Arabic vocabulary?
  • Remembering new words
  • Make learning a list of words more interesting
  • Online language tools
  • The alphabet
  • Vowels and pronunciation symbols
  • Transliteration guide
  • Toolbox: Essential Grammar
    • The root word system (simplified)
    • The definite and indefinite
    • Gender
    • Nouns
    • Pronouns
    • Adverbs
    • Adjectives
    • Comparatives and superlatives
    • Connectors
    • Diminutives
    • Word order

Language Themes

  • (1) Everyday Language: Reference Vocabulary
    • Time الزمن
    • Calendar التقويم
    • Days of the week أيام الأسبوع
    • Arabic, Islamic and Gregorian calendar التقويم العربي والإسلامي والغربي
    • Numbers الأرقام
    • Colours and sizes الألوان والأحجام
    • Quantity and quality الكم والكيف
    • Describing things وصف الاشياء
    • Describing people وصف الأشخاص
    • Prepositions of location
    • Money  المال
  • (2) Personal Matters
    • Personal information المعلومات الشخصية
    • Feelings & character المشاعر
    • Appearance & clothing الشكل واللباس
    • Daily routine البرنامج اليومي
  • (3) Family & Friends العائلة والأصدقاء
    • My family عائلتي
    • Marriage الزواج
    • Children الأولاد
    • Life events  أحداث الحياة
  • (4) Education & Work التعليم والعمل
    • Studying & learning الدراسة
    • Academic subjects المواد الدراسية
    • Types of Schools
    • Study Tools 
    • Qualifications
    • Classroom language لغة الصف
    • eLearning التعليم الإلكتروني
    • Professions المهن
    • At the office في المكتب
    • Job search البحث عن وظيفة
  • (5) Food & Drink الطعام والشراب
    • Eating & cooking الأكل والطبخ
    • Meals & mealtimes الوجبات
    • Fruits الفواكه
    • Vegetables الخضراوات
    • Drinks المشروبات
    • Fast food & snacks الوجبات السريعة والخفيفة
    • Fish & meat السمك واللحم
    • At a restaurant في المطعم
    • Popular Arab dishes وجبات عربية مشهورة
  • (6) At Home في البيت
    • Living places المسكن
    • Rooms الغرف
    • Furniture  الأثاث
    • In the kitchen في المطبخ
    • Housework عمل البيت
    • Outside خارج البيت
  • (7) In the town في المدينة
    • Getting around town     التجول في المدينة
    • Shops and shopping المحلات التجارية والتسوق
    • Services الخدمات
    • Buildings البنايات
    • The market في السوق
  • (8) Travel & Tourism  السياحة والسفر
    • Transportation وسائل المواصلات
    • Tourism and sightseeing السياحة
    • Where to go?  أماكن للزيارة
    • Where to stay? أماكن للإقامة
    • Famous Tourist Sites in the Arab World المعالم السياحية المشهورة في العالم العربي
  • (9) Health & Body  الجسد والصحة
    • Body الجسد
    • Health الصحة
    • At the hospital في المستشفى
    • At the doctors عند الطبيب
    • Personal hygiene النظافة الشخصية
    • Emergencies  حالات الطوارئ
  • (10) The Wider World العالم
    • Arab World العالم العربي
    • Arab regions المناطق العربية
    • Arab countries البلدان العربية
    • Arab cities المدن العربية
    • Continents and major regions القارات والمناطق الرئيسية
    • Africa افريقيا
    • Europe أوروبا
    • Americas أمريكا الشمالية وامريكا الجنوبية
    • Asia آسيا
    • Australasia أسترالآسيا
    • Languages 
    • Varieties of Arabic
    • World Languages
    • Ethnic Groups
  • (11) Weather & Environment الطقس والبيئة
    • Weather forecast النشرة الجوية
    • Nature and environment الطبيعة والبيئة
    • Animals الحيوانات
    • Oceans and seas المحيطات والبحار
  • (12) Recreation الترفيه
    • Parties and celebrations الاحتفالات
    • Home entertainment الترفيه المنزلي
    • Outdoor activities خارجية  أنشطة
    • Hobbies and games الهوايات والألعاب
    • Individual sports الرياضة الفردية
    • Team sports الرياضة الجماعية
  • (13) Arts & Entertainment الفنون والتسلية
    • Arts الفنون
    • Theatre & cinema المسرح والسينما
    • Music الموسيقى
    • Books الكتب
    • Literature الأدب 
  • (14) Law & Order القانون
    • Crime الإجرام
    • Law & penal code القانون
    • Public safety الأمن العام
  • (14) Arabic Culture & Society المجتمع والثقافة العربية
    • Religion الدين
    • Islam الإسلام
    • Christianity المسيحية
    • Judaism اليهودية
    • Ethnic and religious groups الجماعات العرقية والدينية
    • National & religious holidays الأعياد الدينية والعطل الوطنية
  • (15) Politics & Government السياسة والحكومة
    • Politics السياسة
    • Economy الإقتصاد
    • Trade & Industry التجارة والصناعة
    • Military & Defence   الجيش والدفاع
    • Security &  Intelligence الأمن والاستخبارات 
  • (16) Media الإعلام
    • The press الصحافة
    • Radio and television الإذاعة والتلفيزيون
    • Digital & Social media وسائل الإعلام الاجتماعي
    • Technology & Communication التكنولوجيا والإتصال
    • The Internet الإنترنيت
    • Computers الكمبيوتر
    • Searching & Browsing البحث والتصفح
    • My Digital Identity هويتي الرقمية
    • Spoken Arabic اللغة الدارجة \ العامية
    • Greetings التحيات
    • Religious expressions العبارات الدينية
    • Expressing opinions التعبير عن الآراء 
    • Essential dialect words المفردات الاساسية في اللهجات العربية
  • Miscellaneous
    • Arabic Abbreviations  المختصرات العربية
    • Arabic Idioms  العبارات الاصطلاحية
    • Arabic Proverbs  الأمثال العربية
    • Arabic Collocations  المتلازمات اللفظية
    • Arabic Similes  عبارات التشبيه
    • Arabic Homonyms, Homographs& Homophones الألفاظ المتجانسة
    • Arabised words الكلمات المعرَّبة
    • Foreign Loanwords المفردات الدخيلة
    • Blended Words مفردات النحت
    • One letter words كلمات من حرف واحد  
    • Forms of Address  أشكال التخاطب
    • Personal Names أسماء الأشخاص
    • Top 100 Frequency Words in Arabic
    • You Already Speak Arabic!: Top 100 Arabic Loanwords in English المفردات المستعارة من العربية
    • Taking it further

Also available: Get Started in Beginner’s Arabic (ISBN 9781444174960), Read & Write Arabic Script Script (9781444100198) and Complete Arabic (ISBN 9781444100174). 

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Teach Yourself: Read & Write Arabic Script (2011)

  • Publication Date: 30 Sept. 2011
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself Series, John Murray/Hodder Education
  • Language: English, Arabic
  • Paperback : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 144410019X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1444100198
  • Dimensions : 13.02 x 1.91 x 19.69 cm
  • Get it from → Amazon UK | Amazon US | Google Books 

Book Description

Read and write Arabic script is a clear step-by-step guide to the written language, with plenty of examples from real-life texts to show how it works in context and lots of exercises to reinforce your learning.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Meet the author
  • How to read & write Arabic? Essential tips & hints
    • Arabic transliteration & pronunciation guide
    • Arabic script & alphabet
    • Arabic vowels & pronunciation symbols
    • Short vowels
    • Long vowels
    • Supplementary vowels
    • Summary Table: Arabic vowels & phonetic symbols
  • Arabic Consonants
    • Unit 1 Letter group no. 1 ء ا ل
    • Unit 2 Letter group no. 2 ب ت ث ن ي
    • Unit 3 Letter group no. 3 م ه ة ك
    • Unit 4 Letter group no. 4 د ذ
    • Unit 5 Letter group no. 5 ر ز و
    • Unit 6 Letter group no. 6 ج ح خ
    • Unit 7 Letter group no. 7 س ش
    • Unit 8 Letter group no. 8 ص ض ط ظ
    • Unit 9 Letter group no. 9 ع غ
    • Unit 10 Letter group no. 10 ق ف

Reading Practice

  • Arabic Alphabet with Short Vowels
  • Short Vowels
  • Long Vowels 
  • Supplementary Letters 
  • Arabic Diphthongs
  • Sun & Moon Letters
  • Arabic Tongue Twisters

Beyond Letters & Sounds

  • Unit 11    Arabic calligraphy & script styles
  • Unit 12    Arabic numerals
  • Unit 13    Arabic alphabet as numerals
  • Unit 14    Arabic handwriting
  • Unit 15    Arabic transcription
  • Unit 16    Arabic ligatures & letter combinations
  • Unit 17    Western letters in Arabic style
  • Unit 18    Arabic abbreviations
  • Unit 19 Arabic punctuation           
  • Unit 20    Arabic root word system
  • Appendices
    • Arabic Script
    • Arabic Alphabet in a Nutshell  
    • Arabic Alphabet: In isolated and connected forms
    • Arabic Alphabet: Grouped by Similar Shapes
    • Arabic Sounds 
    • Arabic Sounds: Familiar to English Speakers
    • Arabic Sounds: Unfamiliar to English Speakers
  • Vocabulary Index
    • Arabic Numerals
    • Colours
    • Days of the Week 
    • Months of the Year
    • Time Vocabulary
    • Family
    • Food & Drink 
    • Arab Countries
    • Basic Adjectives 
    • Public Signs & Notices
    • Foreign Words 
    • Common Arabic Names
    • Arabic Loanwords in English
    • Spoken Arabic
  • Similar Sounding Letters
  • Survival Expressions
  • Arabic Homonyms, Homophones & Homographs 

Grammar

  • Question Words
  • Prepositions 
  • Personal Pronouns
  • Object Pronouns 
  • Subject Pronouns

Key to exercises

“One Minute Arabic” Podcast Lessons w/ Radio Lingua Network

Screenshot of the full course on iTunes

On August 31st, I headed with my family to the loch of Lomond to explore the fascinating beauty of Scotland beyond the city of Edinburgh where we live now. However, before that we had stop at the small town of Ayr (which I still can’t pronounce like the Scots do!) in the South-West Scotland to record a set of 10 short podcast lessons in collaboration with Mark Pentelton the founder and director of the Radio Lingua Network. The free audio-based course is titled “One Minute Arabic” which is a collection of 10 short podcasts in Modern Standard Arabic.

In a nutshell

  • Type of Arabic: Modern Standard Arabic
  • Number of lessons: 10 podcast-lessons
  • Presenters: Mourad Diouri & Mark Pentelton
  • Published: Aug 2011

Here is a description of the the course From Radio Lingua Network

  • This short course from the Radio Lingua Network presents ten lessons of Modern Standard Arabic.
  • Join Mark and Arabic language specialist Mourad and learn just enough Arabic to get by on a holiday or a business trip to anywhere in the Arabic-speaking world.
  • There are different varieties of Arabic, but the words and phrases used in this course will be understood from Casablanca to Kuwait.
  • Each lesson includes just over one minute of language-learning content so there’s no excuse not to learn! Remember – even a few phrases of a language can help you make friends and enjoy travel more.

To access the course: 

  1. One Minute Arabic in iTunes 
  2. One Minute Arabic, Radio Lingua Network

A Taste of Arabic (Magazine Article)

Errata

  • It is widely spoken by more than 280 million native speakers across the Arab world, comprising North African countries from the shores of Morocco, the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East, Arab Peninsula and the Gulf states. This is in addition to 250 million non-native speakers.