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, for Dr. Bulbul's students

Arabic 2 syllabus: August 2019

The following is the overall syllabus for UvA Talen Arabic 2, August-September 2019. The syllabus is based on a previous course and will be updated each week with current information as the course progresses. A couple of useful links: Audio vocabulary flashcards on Memrise. Mastering Arabic official resources. And also a couple of important points: …

beginning, Duolingo

Duolingo: Descriptions 1

Welcome to the Descriptions 1 skill in Dr. Bulbul’s Guide to Duolingo Arabic. The Descriptions 1 skill introduces the letters س siin and ع 3ayn. The  ـّـ shadda is also introduced, which is a diacritic used to indicate a doubled consonant. The official Tips and Notes for this skill (which are quite sparse) can be …

beginning, Duolingo

Dr. Bulbul’s Guide to Duolingo Arabic

The Duolingo Arabic course was released out of beta in early July 2019. I am currently writing a guide to the course and am posting this material to this site as I write it. The course consists of 31 skills. As of July 18, 2019, I have written guide pages for the following skills: Alphabet …

beginning, Duolingo

Duolingo Arabic: Alphabet 1, 2, 3, and 4

I have just (July 2, 2019) worked through level 1 of the first four skills of the Duolingo Arabic course: Alphabet 1, 2, 3, and 4. These four skills teach you eleven letters of the Arabic alphabet (about a third of them), a few diacritical marks, and about twelve words, most of them proper names …

beginning, general interest

I want to learn Arabic. How should I start?

As a teacher of Arabic, I am sometimes asked what the best way is to start learning the language. In this article I’ll give some tips and things to consider. What kind of Arabic? The language normally used in newspapers, books, and scripted material is usually known as Modern Standard Arabic, abbreviated as MSA. MSA …