Let's Learn Arabic

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This is a small Arabic Language Tutorial that I made. It's not perfect (..yet!!), but it will give you some very good communication skills in one of the oldest living languages in the world!! (you can also learn how to read and write Arabic!)

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In this Introduction: Very useful Arabic words | Commonly used sentences | Start lesson 1 of the tutorial | Download the tutorial ( )

Why should you learn Arabic?
Arabic is the language of a large part of our planet. Whether you are interested in learning Arabic for educational or cultural reasons or simply because you want to impress a friend or have a tattoo of your name in Arabic, it is easier than you may think. It is the official language in 22 countries, spoken as a first language by more than 300 million people. It is also the second language in many Islamic countries because it is considered the spiritual language of Islam -one of the world's major religions- (we're talking here about more than 1 billion people). It is one of the permanent languages in the United Nations.

Another reason is that Arabic is one of the oldest living languages in the world, and it is the origin of many languages. It has heavily influenced languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Persian, Hindustani, Turkish, Malay, Urdu, Indonesian, Kurdish, Pashto, Swahili, Berber, Bengali and many others. Arguably it is said that Arabic is one key origin of modern day languages. An indication of this is the fact that most Arabic native speakers are easily able to pronounce almost any sound in any language in the world, on the other hand many non-Arabic natives have a hard time pronouncing some Arabic letters and sounds which are not available in their native languages (for example the letter Dhad in Arabic is not used in any other language in the world, and the Arabic language is sometimes called the language of the Dhad).

For thousands of years minor changes were made to the Arabic language and it was appropriate for every era throughout the countless civilizations that used it as their native language. In fact, Arabic has a great influence in most of the languages in our present times. Maybe, the most obvious contribution of Arabic is developing and passing on the "Arabic numerals" (0,1,2,3..) to humanity, not to mention the numerous words with Arabic origins which are used today in most languages (Algorithm, Algebra, Alcohol, Coffee, Zero, Sugar and the list goes on.) Arabic was the international language of science, mathematics, culture, and philosophy during the Middle Ages. Its contribution to the Western civilization as an infrastructure for development of science and medicine is enormous.

Why did it stay alive through thousands of years when other languages didn't?
The main reason for that is that Arabic is a literary language and the liturgical language of Islam and the Qur'an, and that kept it the main language through the 1400+ years of the Islamic civilization.

Useful Arabic words:

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In Arabic In English
Mar-haba Hello
Ahlan-Wa-Sahlan Welcome
Shukran Thank you
Aasef Sorry
Afwan Excuse me
Kam How much/ How many
Na'am Yes
La No
Mabrook Congratulations
Yameen Right ( direction )
Yasar Left
Ana Me
Anta (M) / Anti (F) You

Commonly Used Sentences:

Sentence Meaning
As-salaam-alaykum Peace be upon you (The Islamic greeting)
Kaifa-haluk? How are you ?
Kam-es-sa'ah? What is the time ?
Al-hamdu-lellah Thank god (Often used as a response to "how are you?")
Ma'as-salama Good bye

The type of fonts used for the Arabic script in this tutorial is called (Naskh Script ), which is the most common font in Arabic and the clearest (it is used in printing books, newspapers and official documents). If you come around Arabic writings which you couldn't recognize easily, then it might be written using other fonts (which can really differ from Nasekh). For example, the followings are two Islamic artistic scripts using beautifulArabic calligraphy

Allahu-Akbar Salla-lahu-Alaihi-wa-sallam
Some more Arabic fonts examples could be found here.

After you complete the Arabic Tutorial, you should be able to:

Now you are ready to start learning Arabic..
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. HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THIS ARABIC LANGUAGE COURSE? Do you hate huge paper dictionaries as much as I hate them? While learning Arabic or if you are traveling to an Arab country, I highly recommend getting an Arabic language electronic dictionary. I spent some time browsing the Internet looking for a good one. I ended up choosing the Language Teacher by ECTACO. I was really startled by the value! They make dictionaries in more than 20 languages (including Arabic) and in various price categories. I recommend these dictionaries to anyone who intend traveling to Arab countries or wants to learn Arabic on the move. They also make great gifts! You can familiarize yourself with such dictionaries here. Make your time learning Arabic easier - you have no idea how much help you can get from a tiny handheld device. I guarantee you'll be as amazed as I was.

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