Questions tagged [arabic]

Questions about learning or teaching the Arabic language.

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How to type the alif waslah on iPhone?

I have been using an Arabic keyboard on my iPhone for a while now, and one thing I can’t figure out how to type is the alif waslah. For other markings above the ‘ا’ I hold down the key and I get ...
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Way to learn Persian (Perso-Arabic) alphabet

I'm going to learn the Persian alphabet. I found it very difficult because the letters look different depending on whether they are at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of a word. Is there ...
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Would it be easier for someone who speaks Farsi to learn English or Arabic?

Since English and Farsi are both Indo-European languages, one might think English is easier. But Farsi and Arabic have similar systems of writing, and I would guess they've had influence on each other,...
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Which version of the Arabic keyboard on Windows 10 is most like Modern Standard Arabic?

I tried to install the Arabic keyboard on my Windows 10 laptop, but I've realised that there are over a dozen keyboards for different varieties of Arabic. I'm just trying to learn MSA, not a specific ...
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What's the best way to learn the sounds of Arabic letters?

Before tackling learning the Arabic language, I thought of an easier stepping-stone goal that would build confidence and also be useful on its own, for reading things such as bus destination signs and ...
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General subject publishers of cheet-sheet-style reference material

For the purpose of studying subjects of interest in target language(s), I want to discover any other publishers of cheat sheets or reference material similar to those in the links below; that is, ...
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What are the most effective ways for a beginner to learn Arabic for reading the Qur'an?

I converted to Islam about 7 months back and I've been informed that in order to better understand the Qur'an (Islam's holy book), I should learn Arabic. (I'm aware it's not essential, but it wouldn'...
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Problems pronouncing Arabic vowels correctly

As a native English speaker (from Australia) I've recently started to learn new languages using Mondly, but I'm having troubles with Arabic, specifically vowels. As a couple of examples, 'ana (أنا) ...
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Is it Worth Trying to Learn a Pair of Languages at the Same Time?

Good day, I am focusing on learning Arabic ... but I see that there are many similarities with Hebrew. Would this be a good pair to learn at the same time? If so, why? If not, why not? Thanks.
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Do Arabic and Hebrew use the same gender for corresponding nouns?

Arabic and Hebrew are Central Semitic languages with many similarities in vocabulary and structure. But how similar are the gender of their nouns? I know they both have masculine and feminine nouns, ...
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Tools for Romanization of Arabic

I would like a list of free and paid tools for converting Arabic script into a Romanized form, whether that is Franco-Arabic or some other form of Romanization/transliteration. Such tools are helpful ...
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Are there any online Arabic dictionaries that include diacritics for pronunciation?

Arabic is written in the Arabic alphabet and, like Hebrew and Persian, is written without vowels. This makes it hard for a learner to decipher the exact pronunciation of any Arabic word without ...
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Where can I find Arabic grammar exercises?

I'm learning literature Arabic (or what is it called?). I had no trouble finding learning materials, but I want to practice the grammar I have learned. Where can I find exercises in Arabic grammar ...
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Which Arabic dialect is most similar to Modern Standard?

There are several major dialects of Arabic, including Gulf Arabic, Iraqi Arabic, Levantine Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, and Maghrebi Arabic, as well as many more smaller dialects. Which of these dialects, ...
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How to look up for Arabic words that have the same roots?

I do usually need words that have the same root "وزن" but I don't have a way to search in the whole language for them.
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Free resources for learning Arabic from English or Urdu

I want to learn the Arabic language starting from basics. My native language is Urdu and I also understand English. Please kindly compare free websites/resources in terms of being user friendly and ...
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Is there a dictionary for Transliterated Arabic?

Is there a dictionary for the meanings of transliterated Quarnic Arabic, e.g. "lahu maa fis samaawate wa maa fil arze"? If I was to put in a single word e.g. "lahu", it should give me the meaning.
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Persian/Arabic/Urdu poetry writing format? [closed]

I have mainly seen three types of poetry writing formats in Urdu. I suppose, Urdu is similar to Persian and Arabic. Examples of formats: All verses centered. Single verse per line. Two columns. Two ...
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impredictable arabic broken plurals and verbal nouns (مصدر) from form I

I'd like to know a strategy to deal with this lexical issue of the Arabic language. What strategy should I follow to memorize the right pattern correctly?
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Arabic: reading of numbers (starts from most or least significant digit)? [closed]

On discussion on computer representions of numbers https://stackoverflow.com/questions/5185551/why-is-x86-little-endian/36263273#36263273 I've read a comment Arabic is written from right to left, ...
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Which spoken Arabic dialect is the most understandable across the entire Arabic-speaking population?

The Arabic-speaking population is spread across many countries and a couple continents, from Morocco all the way to Oman. There are many spoken Arabic dialects, which are nearly as different from each ...
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Seeking Egyptian Arabic dictionary with sort of most common single words top down style

I am looking for a website which has an app for the most common single Egyptian Arabic words, with the ability to sort words from most common to least common, preferably with romanization included in ...
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When I look for a simple word in an Arabic dictionary, it gives me 20 different verbs

My native language is English, and I'm trying to learn Modern Standard Arabic. I speak Spanish and Greek, so I'm not new to this. I am trying to look up words like I normally do in European languages, ...
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Learning Arabic pronunciation with Franco-Arabic (chat alphabet)

Is there any evidence, either personal or academic, that learning Arabic only with the Franco-Arabic alphabet (a.k.a., Arabish, Araby, Arabizi, Arabic chat alphabet) and not the normal Arabic alphabet ...
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Of the following which would you consider the most common Arabic form of language used [closed]

I am in need to translating a site of mine and I need to add Arabic. According to the language code there are several forms. Which of these would you consider to be the most "common" type? ar-AE ...
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What kind of Arabic is most commonly spoken in Qatar?

I am looking to learn Arabic and have found a wide variety of different versions. I wanted to know what version of Arabic is most commonly spoken in Qatar?
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Books written in Levantine Arabic (e.g, Jordanian Ammiyah)?

Are there any modern Arabic books or writers that make extensive use of a Levantine dialect (such as Jordanian Ammiyah)? I'm thinking if there are, they would be fictional works, such as novels which ...
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How can I improve my Arabic accent?

I am an Arab born in Europe. Unfortunately, this has affected my Arabic language skills. My accent sounds "broken", in other words: it sounds as if a foreigner is speaking Arabic. I can have a basic ...
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Are there any interactive language learning resources for Levantine Arabic?

I've used Rosetta Stone to learn basic Spanish. I think it is an extremely effective teaching method for me, it worked great. Now I wish to learn Levantine Arabic (or Gulf Arabic). I can't find any ...
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Practical guide for teaching a language for someone with no teaching experience

I've studied a couple of languages, including one year of Arabic (in which I learned no verbs at all, so my communication skills are bad). I received a proposal to exchange language teaching with ...
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Short poem in Arabic

Is there a classic Arabic poem (irreligious, if it is possible) that resembles the Goethe's "Uber allen Gipfeln..."? By "resembles" I mean it's length and concise style. The reason I am looking for ...
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Seeking an Arabic dictionary with colloquialisms

There are words in colloquial Arabic that Google Translate won't understand and which are not even an Arabic dictionary! This problem is noticeably worse than for, say, Spanish or English, where many ...
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How can I learn to read and write Spanish in Aljamiado (Arabic) characters?

The Spanish language has a Arabic orthography due to hundreds of years of Moorish rule. How can I learn to read and write Spanish in these characters, assuming that I can already read and write modern ...