Category: intermediate

The intermediate category is for learners with a vocabulary of a few hundred words and who can read whole sentences in Arabic script.

beginning, intermediate

The principal moods of the Arabic verb: Indicative, subjunctive, jussive, and imperative

In this article we will take a short look at the main moods of the Standard Arabic verb: indicative, subjunctive, jussive, and imperative. We won’t go into excessive detail, just the contexts that beginning and intermediate learners of Arabic are likely to encounter. This is also the reason we won’t discuss the short and long …

beginning, general interest, intermediate, reviews

Duolingo Arabic is coming: What should we expect?

Duolingo is a wildly popular website and app for learning foreign foreign languages. English-speakers are currently able to learn over 25 languages on the platform, ranging from the tried-and-true French and Spanish to the more adventurous Ukrainian, Swahili, Vietnamese, and Esperanto. Spanish-speakers can even take a stab at Catalan or Guaraní. Although there has been …

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, 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 …

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 …

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 …