Saturday, August 23, 2008

Learning Arabic online

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Although English is widely used in Kuwait, learning some Arabic words can go far when communicating with people in Kuwait.

Salam: peace, hello, bye.

Salam Alaykom: Peace be upon you, hello, bye.

Shukran: thank you.

Afwan: (answer to Shukran).

Guwwa: Hello in Kuwaiti accent.

Aaaand here are a list of online sites that teaches Arabic:

Madinah Arabic
Comprehensive site that offers 2 free courses, Arabic Reading Course and Arabic Language Course. Arabic Reading Course aims to help you learn the Arabic script, before learning the language itself. It suits me best because I want to learn reading, writing, speaking and listening. Also native Arabic speakers said that it’s much easier to learn conversational skills if I can read the script

Gulf Arabic
It teaches the Arabic dialect spoken by people in Gulf countries, i.e. UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the Southern part of Iraq. The whole website is in Roman (English) characters. Therefore, even if you don’t want to learn Arabic script, you can still learn Arabic for casual conversation purposes

It focuses on letter recognition, with each lesson teaching you a few characters. The short lessons, may not teach you the most number of words, but ensure that you remember most of the words being taught

Arabic 2000
It is a commercial site that offers a full Arabic language curriculum online, at a price. It offers 1 free lesson, which is indeed quite long, starting with basic grammar


Anonymous said...

If you are interested in learning English, I have created a website translated into Arabic. Please feel free to try it - at no cost. It is simply a collection of useful resources I have used successfully with my students in Australia.

Anonymous said...

Apologies, I need to edit my comment. The correct spelling for my site is