An ABC of Food & Drink (Arabic) ألفبائية الطعام والشراب
A small gift to all students and teachers of Arabic, wherever you are.
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
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.
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
10. Online Social Networking
11. Online Collaboration
12. Online & IT Security
13 Mobile Internet
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
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 @ and other authors.
I had to say I really enjoyed reading (and reviewing) it content incl. the many teaching tips it had.
Thank you @ for the opportunity
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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:
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:
The book’s thematic approach covers words for:
Contents & Thematic Sets
Featuring 20 theme-based units, this reference book is designed to help you become familiar with key Arabic words.
Also available: Get Started in Beginner’s Arabic (ISBN 9781444174960), Read & Write Arabic Script Script (9781444100198) and Complete Arabic (ISBN 9781444100174).
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.
Beyond Letters & Sounds
Key to exercises
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
Here is a description of the the course From Radio Lingua Network
To access the course: