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

“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 …

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 …