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

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

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 …

beginning, intermediate

Shaykh Munaf’s Arabic conversations: Episode 4

In this article I’ll be guiding you through the third episode in Shaykh Munaf’s series of Arabic conversations. This episode starts with Shaykh Munaf (مناف munaaf) telephoning Abdur Rahman (عبد الرحمان ʕabd ir-raḥmaan). Here’s the video: The action in these videos takes place in Trinidad, which is why Abdur Rahman answers the phone with an …

beginning, intermediate

ArabicPod101’s video “Making apologies”

“Making apologies” is a video in ArabicPod101’s “Arabic in 3 Minutes” series. In it, presenter Carole teaches you how to ask someone if they speak your language. This video is rather easy and introduces relatively little new material, so this article will also be rather short. Here is the video: Getting someone’s attention Carole introduces …

beginning, intermediate

Shaykh Munaf’s Arabic conversations: Episode 3

In this article I’ll be guiding you through the third 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, again, is dragging a suitcase. Here’s the video: Munaf asks Abdur Rahman where he is coming from, using this phrase: …

beginning, intermediate

Talking about eating and meals

In this article we’ll be looking at how to talk about eating in Arabic, especially with respect to the verbs that are used and the names of the meals. The basics The most basic word meaning to talk about eating in Arabic is يأكل ya’kul ‘to eat’. Here are the singular forms of this verb …

beginning

ArabicPod101’s video “Do you speak English?”

“Do you speak English?” is a video in ArabicPod101’s “Arabic in 3 Minutes” series. In it, presenter Carole teaches you how to ask someone if they speak your language. Here is the video: This video is rather easy, but there are still a few things needing some explanation. I’ll take you through all of the …

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. …