Category Archives: Beginners

All about Arabic – celebrating World Arabic Day

It’s 18 December and it’s World Arabic Day! To celebrate, here’s a 4 minute video packed full of great phrases and handy facts about our favourite language. You can turn on subtitles in English, although they’re a bit dodgy and don’t always make sense. … Continue reading

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Top 10 Free Levantine Arabic Resources (and a few more besides…)

In no particular order, here are my 10 favourite online resources for learning the spoken Arabic of the Levant (Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Israel and Syria). Below are a bonus few recommendations of resources you can buy, too. 1. Jordanian Arabic … Continue reading

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Untranslatable idiomatic expressions

I’m preparing to teach an intensive colloquial Arabic course starting in November, so you may hear more from me again in the coming weeks as I delve back into my teaching archives and shake off old worksheets that I haven’t … Continue reading

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Learn Arabic on Twitter

Great twitter accounts to follow if you’re learning Arabic. In no particular order… @barakabits Good News from the Middle East | أخبار سارّة من الشرق الأوسط @wespeakarabic Rotating account with tweets by a different Arabic learner/teacher each week. Run by … Continue reading

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Thanks to all our followers

A huge thank you to everyone who’s followed the blog and contacted me about it over the past year… And a huge apology for letting it languish all this time! It’s been a busy time as I’ve been off on … Continue reading

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What do you already know about Arabic? (Quiz)

Here’s a very short quiz about Arabic which you can download and use with your students. It’s creative commons so please reproduce and edit it as you wish. Indeed, you might disagree with my answers! I use this quiz with … Continue reading

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Where are you from? (Speaking activity)

Click on the link below to download an easy to use role play speaking activity for beginners. There’s a sheet with 14 flags to cut out and stick on cocktail sticks, and some little charts for students to fill in … Continue reading

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