# Beginners

Here are some useful sites and resources for learners at beginners level, up to CEFR level A1. Someone studying a foreign language at this level can (or is aiming to be able to)…

  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at satisfying specific needs
  • Introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help

Textbooks & courses (books / CD / DVDs)

Read and Speak Arabic

Mastering Arabic

First 100 Words in Arabic

BBC Talk Arabic

Alif Baa

Online Resources

About Arabic

* Introduction to Arabic on AATA website

* 10 facts about Arabic – BBC guide, available in English and Arabic

* Arabic: more accessible than you think – British Council blog post (by me)

Arabic script and alphabet

* Introduction to the Arabic alphabet, with audio, from BBC Languages

* Alphabet song – Syraj Arabic Books’ youtube channel

* Video to practice pronouncing each letter with its three vowel sounds

* Araboh online games and puzzles for kids

* Alphabet chart and videos of how to write each letter @Stanford University website

* Alif Baa – see above

Reading

* ReadArabic! online course from National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. Fantastic resource with structured lessons each including a short text, the audio and translation of the text, glossary and explanatory notes, and exercises. 31 Novice lessons

* Real life Arabic – picture gallery of signs, bank notes and coins, adverts etc

Vocabulary

* Fantastic interactive site for the Oxford First Arabic Words book. Hear words pronounced as you put cursor over writing next to picture – good for reading practice and learning new everyday vocabulary. (same site for 8 languages!) Buy the picture book too

* Usborne First 1000 Words in Arabic – too much vocab to try to learn at this level, but this site is great for hearing how words are pronounced. Buy the book here

* Animals and other common vocab

* Numbers 1-10 counting video

* Months of the year

* Facial features video

Listening

* Short BBC video introducing the Arabic language (mostly in English but you will learn the Arabic for yes and no, hello and thank you and see how to write the Arabic for dad, brother and door.)

* Another BBC video in English, taking a look at school life in Egypt. You will also learn the Arabic words for father, please and thank you.

* One more BBC video – comparing ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs to Modern Arabic: hear how to greet somebody in modern day Arabic.

Speaking

* Key starter phrases – from the BBC, with audio online or to download as mp3

* Arabic Online – excellent EU-funded beginners’ Arabic course. You can learn the script if you wish, but you can also do the course using transliteration (Western script)

* 10 mini audio lessons to learn Survival Arabic Phrases

* About Arabic festive greetings – Happy Eid!

* Ordering food at a restaurant from LearnArabicwithMaha and from a kebab shop with ArabicPod

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