Most of the best beginners’ Arabic courses available in the US and UK are by the formidable duo Mahmoud Gaafar and Jane Wightwick, and produced by McGraw Hill. Many books come with CDs, but for those that don’t, the lovely publisher has made audio recordings available for free online through their neat little online Audio Study Player (click on the Launch button and then choose Arabic).
Here’s a taster of the wide range of courses that have audio resources available. Most of the courses have just one or two sample units as the books are sold with the full audio CD, but in the case of the Easy Arabic Reader, a wonderful book that sadly doesn’t come with an accompanying CD, I am delighted to find that audio recordings of the entire book are available on this audio player. It’s brilliant.
(How to find this audio material: Go to this site, click Launch to open the Study Player app, choose Arabic and then pick Beginner Courses from the scroll down menu.)
* Arabic on the move: Topic 1 Meeting people – basic greetings, useful filler words, talkig about yourself and your job, asking questions, male and female words, who you live with
* Your First 100 Words in Arabic: Topic 1 – Around the home
* Read and Speak Arabic for Beginners, key words for each of the chapter topics:
Topic 1 – introducing yourself;
Topic 2 – Countries & saying where you’re from;
Topic 3 – things around the house & food;
Topic 4 – furniture & saying where things are;
Topic 5 – adjectives;
Topic 6 – places around town;
Topic 7 – family;
Topic 8 – jobs.
Easy Arabic Reader
Amazingly, here you will find audio recordings of the entire book, which is jam packed with useful and interesting texts, with vocab notes alongside the texts and comprehension questions throughout. (How to find it: Go to this site, click Launch to open the Study Player app, choose Arabic and then pick Easy Arabic Reader from the scroll down menu.)
Part 1: Jamal’s journey. This consists of 22 one-page texts (about 60-80 words each) about Jamal’s family in Beirut, his plans to go and visit them, his postcards and emails home, and then his trip to Jordan where he keeps a blog, and then finally his trip to Egypt where we hear of more adventures and impressions.
Part 2: 5 two-page texts about historic Arab figures such as poet Ahmad Shawqi, caliph Haroon Rashid and singer Oum Khaltoum. These texts are about 200 words each and packed full of useful vocabulary for talking about history and culture, as well as describing people’s lives.
Part 3: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. This chapter is an updated contemporary version of the classic story, of approximately 40 pages (10 chapters). Absolutely brilliant that all of this is available as audio recordings.
For travel: Conversational Arabic in 7 Days
(How to find this audio material: Go to this site, click Launch to open the Study Player app, choose Arabic and then pick For Travel from the scroll down menu.)
* Introducing yourself
* Booking a hotel room, talking to a receptionist
Script: 100 Words
* Around the home
* Around town
* Parts of the Body
Teach Yourself Programs
* Speak Arabic with Confidence: greetings
* Complete Arabic: Greetings, how are you?, sun & moon letters, word shapes, unit 15 (from end of book) The Arabs in Hollywood
* Complete Spoken Arabic: unit 1 greetings, unit 14 (end of the book) in the house
* Build Your Arabic Vocabulary with Arabic CD: 1 greetings & basics, 2 house & home; 3 family & friends