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.

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 …

beginning

Easy Arabic story videos by “Arabic with Nadia”

Arabic with Nadia is a website for learners of Arabic maintained by Nadia Selim, an Arabic instructor based in Australia. On her site she has shared a lot of materials she herself has prepared. These include five “story” videos, which can be found on their own page. These are all in very simple Arabic. One …

advanced, beginning, intermediate

Al-Manhal’s Arabic stories for children

The Al-Manhal publishing house has a large series of books for teaching Standard Arabic to children. The first “set” of books is intended for children 6 to 7 years of age, but some of them are also great beginning books for adult learners of Arabic. On YouTube you can also find videos in which the …

beginning

Al-Manhal’s children’s book set 1, book 1: أنا وَأَخِي

Looking for something very easy to read in Arabic? In this article I will introduce the very first book in Al-Manhal’s series of children’s books for learning Arabic, called أنا وَأَخِي ’anaa wa ’akh-ii ‘me and my brother’. This is a very simple text that you should be able to handle even if you have …

advanced, beginning, intermediate

Miscellaneous easy conversation videos on YouTube

Elsewhere on this site I have written in detail about instructional videos on YouTube that expose you to elements of conversation: ArabicPod101’s “Arabic in three minutes” series. Shaykh Munaf’s Arabic conversations. I will use this article to post to list other such materials you may find useful. I will add to this list as I …