Month: April 2017

beginning, intermediate

Skaykh Munaf’s Arabic conversations

Shaykh Munaf (الشيخ مناف shaykh munaaf) has a series of well-produced videos with Arabic conversations that are appropriate for the beginning or intermediate learner. Here are links to all of them. I have already produced pages with commentary on the first couple of them. More will follow, إن شاءَ الله ’in shaa’ al-laah. Episode 1. …

beginning, intermediate

Shaykh Munaf’s Arabic conversations: Episode 2

In this post I’ll be guiding you through the second episode in Shaykh Munaf’s series of Arabic conversations. This episode starts with Shaykh Munaf (مناف munaaf) running into Abdur Rahmaan (عبد الرحمان ʕabd ir-raḥmaan), who is dragging a suitcase. Here’s the video: You probably already know the greeting السلام عليكم ’as-salaamu ʕalay-kum ‘peace be on …

beginning, intermediate

Shaykh Munaf’s Arabic conversations: Episode 1

This article will discuss Episode 1 of Shaykh Munaf’s series of Arabic conversations. This one is very simple and goes very slowly, but there are probably some words and expressions used in it that you aren’t familiar with. Here is the video: The conversation here is between Munaf (مناف munaaf) and Abdur Rahmaan (عبد الرحمان …

beginning

ArabicPod101’s video “Greeting People”

“Greeting People” is a video in ArabicPod101’s “Arabic in 3 Minutes” series. In it, presenter Carole introduces several phrases you can use to use to greet people. Here is the video: Let’s pick this video apart so that you can get the most benefit out of it. I’ll take you through all of the Arabic …

beginning

Learning family members with a children’s video

On the “Learn with Zakaria – تَعَلَّمْ مَعَ زَكَرِيّا” channel on YouTube there are quite a few short instructional videos for children that can teach you some basic vocabulary. In this post I’ll talk a bit about the video about family members. You will know several of these already if you have done a few …

advanced, beginning, intermediate

“Egypt is my mother” song (مصر هي أمّي)

In this post, I’m going to walk you through the refrain of a famous song by Afaf Radi (عفاف راضي ʕafaaf raaḍii). It’s a nationalistic song, and sung in Egptian Arabic rather than Standard Arabic, but it’s a well-known, singable song with some phrases in it that are easy for the beginning learner of Arabic. …

advanced, intermediate

Nominative, genitive, accusative: Arabic’s three grammatical cases

You may know that Arabic has three grammatical cases: nominative, genitive, and accusative. There are two different issues at hand when discussing case. The first is what the different forms look like, and the second is what contexts are the different contexts they are used in. Let’s look at both of these very briefly. What …

beginning

ArabicPod101’s video “Thank you & you’re welcome in Arabic”

“Thank you & you’re welcome in Arabic” is a video in ArabicPod101’s “Arabic in 3 Minutes” series. In it, presenter Carole introduces several phrases you can use to say thank you and to respond. Let’s look at the material presented in a bit more detail. Here is the video: Let’s pick this video apart so …

beginning

Learn the numbers 1 through 10 with children’s videos

Would you like to learn the numbers from 1 through 10 in Arabic? In this post I will introduce the numbers and numerals for that, and then refer you to two children’s videos to practice. Ready? The Arabic numerals and words Here are the numbers from 1 to 10 in Arabic, with the numerals written …

beginning

ArabicPod101’s video “How to Introduce Yourself in Arabic”

“How to Introduce Yourself in Arabic” is a video in ArabicPod101’s “Arabic in 3 Minutes” series. In it, presenter Carole introduces several phrases you can use to introduce yourself. Let’s look at the material presented in a bit more detail. Here is the video: The easy stuff Carole introduces the following elementary words and phrases. …