Category: beginning

The beginning category is for learners who have only a very basic vocabulary. Beginners may not have learned to read Arabic script yet, but they may be able to read simple sentences.

beginning

Learn colors in Arabic with a children’s song

Would you like to learn or practice some basic words for colors in Arabic? In this post I’ll guide you through a very simple children’s song that presents the basic (masculine singular) form of eight different colors, plus words for 16 different basic objects that exemplify these colors. Here is the video: The most basic …

beginning

Learn the days of the week 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 the days of the week. This video is very simple and straightforward. First, the days …

beginning, intermediate

“Seven Brothers” song: Learn ordinal numbers and professions

In this post we will look at a children’s song خالي عنده سبع أولاد (pronounced khaalii ʕind-uh sabʕ ’awlaad in Standard Arabic) ‘My Uncle Has Seven Sons’, sung to the tune of ‘Skip To My Lou’. This song will help you learn the first seven ordinal numbers (i.e., ‘first’, ‘second’, … ‘seventh’), as well as …

advanced, beginning, intermediate

Learn 10 professions with a Zakaria 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 professions. If you’re a beginner, you’ll probably just want to do the first part of …

advanced, beginning, intermediate

Online Arabic dictionaries

I am often asked what Arabic dictionaries I can recommend. In this article I will discuss four Arabic–English and/or English–Arabic online dictionaries, highlighting their advantages and drawbacks. Oxford Dictionaries Premium This is by far my fav♥rite online bilingual dictionary for Arabic and English. It is a paid subscription, but it only costs about $20 per …

beginning, intermediate

Al-Manhal’s children’s book, set 1, book 3: يَحْيا الْعَدْل

The third book in Al-Manhal’s set of stories for children learning Arabic is called يحيا العدل yaḥyaa l-ʕadl ‘long live fairness!’. This is a fairly simple book. Since the main characters in it are a pair of cats, you will encounter a number of dual forms, such as القطّتان ’al-qiṭṭataan ‘the two cats’, which is …

beginning

What’s in Mariam’s room?: غُرْفة مَرْيَم

A bed, a cupboard, a window, and a fan. Do you know how to say these things in Arabic? Let the little girl Mariam teach you how to say some things in her room. This is the easiest Nadia Selim’s “story” videos and is entitled غرفة مريم ghurfat maryam ‘Mariam’s room’. This video is ideal …

beginning

Learn to talk about your city with video: مَدِينَة مَرْيَم

Is there a school in your town? A church or mosque? Maybe a factory, too? Learn to say some basic things about your city by watching a simple story video by Nadia Selim, entitled مدينة مرْيم madiinat maryam ‘Maryam’s city’. This video is ideal for someone who has just worked through the Bite-Size Arabic book. …

beginning

Learn prepositions with “Arabic with Nadia” video: أَيْنَ أَنْتِ؟

Is Maryam in the room, under the fan, or behind the bed? Learn to express these basic prepositions by watching a simple story video by Nadia Selim, entitled أين أنتِ؟ ’ayna ’anti ‘Where are you?’. This video is ideal for someone who has just worked through the Bite-Size Arabic book. In this article I present …

beginning, intermediate

Al-Manhal’s children’s book, set 1, book 2: هَدايا الْعِيد

The second book in Al-Manhal’s set of stories for children learning Arabic is called هَدايا الْعِيد hadaayaa l-ʕiid ‘holiday gifts’. Although it is only the second book, it is actually quite more sophisticated than the first book. In it, you will learn about the gifts that Omar did and didn’t get on the first day …