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
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 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 Arabicfirstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the person managing the list: email@example.com
Arabic Network (JISCmail)
Arabic Network (JISC) is a discussion list for teachers of Arabic working secondary, higher and further education.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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?
Practice reading these words aloud multiple times
Pay close attention to the subtle difference in pronunciation between the letters/sounds in the right vs. the left column.
Pair up with a study partner or a native speaker and practise reading the words together.
Note down which sounds you are finding difficult and which ones require more practice. Discuss them with your teacher.
I’m .. & I becomeis 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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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
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
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)
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.
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?
How this book works
How to learn Arabic vocabulary?
Remembering new words
Make learning a list of words more interesting
Online language tools
Vowels and pronunciation symbols
Toolbox: Essential Grammar
The root word system (simplified)
The definite and indefinite
Comparatives and superlatives
(1) Everyday Language: Reference Vocabulary
Days of the week أيام الأسبوع
Arabic, Islamic and Gregorian calendar التقويم العربي والإسلامي والغربي
Colours and sizes الألوان والأحجام
Quantity and quality الكم والكيف
Describing things وصف الاشياء
Describing people وصف الأشخاص
Prepositions of location
(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
Life events أحداث الحياة
(4) Education & Work التعليم والعمل
Studying & learning الدراسة
Academic subjects المواد الدراسية
Types of Schools
Classroom language لغة الصف
eLearning التعليم الإلكتروني
At the office في المكتب
Job search البحث عن وظيفة
(5) Food & Drink الطعام والشراب
Eating & cooking الأكل والطبخ
Meals & mealtimes الوجبات
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
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
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
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
Americas أمريكا الشمالية وامريكا الجنوبية
Varieties of Arabic
(11) Weather & Environment الطقس والبيئة
Weather forecast النشرة الجوية
Nature and environment الطبيعة والبيئة
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
Theatre & cinema المسرح والسينما
(14) Law & Order القانون
Law & penal code القانون
Public safety الأمن العام
(14) Arabic Culture & Society المجتمع والثقافة العربية
Ethnic and religious groups الجماعات العرقية والدينية
National & religious holidays الأعياد الدينية والعطل الوطنية
(15) Politics & Government السياسة والحكومة
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
Searching & Browsing البحث والتصفح
My Digital Identity هويتي الرقمية
Spoken Arabic اللغة الدارجة \ العامية
Religious expressions العبارات الدينية
Expressing opinions التعبير عن الآراء
Essential dialect words المفردات الاساسية في اللهجات العربية
Read and write Arabic scriptis 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.
Meet the author
How to read & write Arabic? Essential tips & hints
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.
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.