New Lessons Page

December 13th, 2012 by admin

Hope you like our new ‘lessons’ page! There are important features introduced

  • The website will now keep track of the lesson pages you have visited. The word ‘visited’ will be displayed in the Lessons page next to each lesson you have visited the page of.

Visited

  • New ‘popular topics’ section giving you the option to view lessons in certain popular categories.

Popular Topics

By the way, if you don’t know how to get to the Lessons page, simply clicking on Lessons will take you there!

Mobile/Tablet version of ArabicPod.net now available

August 6th, 2012 by admin

Skype Tuition

April 21st, 2012 by admin

We can now arrange one to one tuition over Skype between you and one of our worldwide contacts.

The process is as simple as 1 2 3:

1. Email us at contact@arabicpod.net and let us know you’re interested.
2. Send us payment for the lessons
3. Have your lessons!

Basically, by going through us you will be covered, as in your funds will remain with us until you have had the lessons and we can refund you on unclaimed lessons if you were not happy for whatever reason. Contact us for further information.

New Podcast Feeds

January 23rd, 2012 by moshaya

Due to popular demand we have introduced new “private” feeds that you can use in various applications, such as iTunes, to download not just beginner, but all podcasts apart from advanced. You can also choose the feed that will additionally download the associated PLC, Transcript, Audio Transcript and any additional audio or video content supplied with the lesson.

You must be a paying member (Basic or Premium) to view all the podcasts on this feed, otherwise it will only display beginner ones. Below are illustrated steps to help you subscribe to one of these feeds on iTunes.

1. Click on the icon next to your username at the top right corner of the website

2. Note down your private feed link
3. On iTunes go to Advanced and then click on “Subscribe to Podcast”

4. Enter your personal feed link
5. You can now download all the podcasts via iTunes at your convenience!

Desmond, one of ArabicPod’s prominent users, talks about his experience with learning Arabic

April 24th, 2011 by admin

Mohamed has asked me to contribute to the ﻤﺪﻮﻨﺔ. He has suggested that I should say something about learning Arabic.

My interest in Arabic is primarily aesthetic. Even as a small child I loved Arabic music, and I was impressed by the beauty of the Arabic language. The music and the language have a magical quality which sends a tingle down my spine.

I would have liked to learn a foreign language at primary school, but English, alas, was the only language on the curriculum although all the teachers knew Latin or Greek. When I was sent to grammar school at the age of eleven I immediately began to learn French and Latin. By the age of twelve I had attained such a level of proficiency in both languages that the headmaster described me as “a promising pupil”. My uncle, who was the senior history master at the same school, told me this was high praise, for the headmaster was hard to please and rarely praised anyone except Homer, Vergil, Dante or Racine. He was a brilliant orator and a scholar of no mean attainments. He spoke twelve languages (including Chinese, Japanese and Russian), but he was a ruthless despot who ruled with an iron fist, and he was feared by staff and pupils alike on account of his terrifying outbursts of rage which left everyone speechless with shock and horror.

At the age of fifteen I began to learn German, and when I left school three years later I had attained a level of proficiency which even the headmaster found impressive. The French consulate and the German embassy in London sent me book prizes, and the headmaster suggested I might enter the diplomatic service.

I decided to specialise in modern languages and got on very well with the senior lecturer in the French department, an extraordinarily charming and gifted Frenchman who impressed everyone by his eloquence and erudition. His English was as good as his French, and he was envied by all his colleagues.

My relations with the German lecturers were somewhat less cordial, but they were, on the whole, quite good. The head of the German department, a very clever, witty and eloquent gentleman from Hamburg, told me I knew too much. Another lecturer, a talented and ambitious Viennese lady who is now world-famous, once summoned me to her office for a private interview. She never praised anyone, and she exuded a kind of chill which made her unapproachable. Peering pensively at me through her rimless spectacles, and speaking in a precise, metallic voice which made her sound rather like a robot, she said my German was “almost too perfect”. She accused me of parodying Hermann August Korff and Thomas Mann and added that she found me positively “intimidating”. I suppose that was a kind of reluctant praise, for it was hard to imagine anyone intimidating such an intelligent, self-possessed and formidably dynamic lady.

Many years later, when I had settled definitively in Germany, I acquired an Arabic grammar written by a very competent Austrian scholar (Ambros, Einführung in die moderne arabische Schriftsprache). A bookseller offered me the volume for next to nothing because none of his other customers were willing to purchase it. I perused several chapters of the book and found it extremely interesting, but I had no idea how the Arabic words in the book were pronounced, and I found the bizarre and complex transliteration system very off-putting. Having reached the conclusion that Arabic was unlearnable, I consigned the book to one of the darkest and least accessible corners of my library and forgot about it.

Towards the end of November 2009, I listened to some interesting BBC reports about the situation in the Middle East. I happened to click on a link which led me to the BBC’s Arabic website. Unable to master my curiosity, I clicked on a button and listened attentively. I could only understand a few words, but I was immediately captivated by the magical cadences of the Arabic language and decided that I ought to take the plunge.

The next day I started to look for Arabic videos on YouTube and discovered the fifty-fifth sura. I clicked on the video and listened. I was deeply impressed by the musical qualities of the recitation and by the dream-like beauty of the refrain which means “Then which of the favours of your Lord will you deny?” The back door was open, and two cats who had been wandering around in the garden came slinking in. They sat down in front of the table where I had placed my computer, and I had the impression that they enjoyed the recitation as much as I did. They never moved until the recitation ended.

Shortly afterwards, my peregrinations through the labyrinthine ramifications of the Internet led me to an Arabicpod video (“Down the beach”). Ehab and Mohamed looked very friendly and likeable, and the dialogue presented in the video seemed more accessible than Ambros’ somewhat arid explanations. I decided to visit the Arabicpod.net website, and I was not disappointed.

Ehab and Mohamed have succeeded in bringing Arabic to life. They present the language in such a way that it seems more accessible to westerners. Used in conjunction with material from other Arabic websites and the innumerable Arabic videos on YouTube and DailyMotion, the podcasts enable learners to gain valuable insights into the workings of an ancient and venerable language which few westerners have the courage to tackle.

During the past two years I have listened regularly to Arabicpod.net and collected material from numerous other sources. I have now compiled my own Arabic dictionary and greatly improved my listening comprehension.

Last week I spoke Arabic for the very first time in my life. A very talented Lebanese student turned up in a French course I teach at a German university. At first we spoke in French, but when he told me he was Lebanese I switched to Modern Standard Arabic. For a moment he stared at me in amazement, then he replied in Arabic. The German students gaped at me in bewilderment when they heard me speaking fluent Arabic, and I must admit that I was just as surprised as they were. Since I had nobody to talk to in Arabic I’d never practised speaking, but the Arabic words just came gushing out of my mouth in a steady stream. It was as if a supernatural entity had slipped into my body and taken control of my mind.

I shall continue to listen regularly to the Arabicpod podcasts. I hope that I shall continue to make steady progress, and I would like to avail myself of this opportunity to thank Ehab and Mohamed for their kindness and generosity.

Baladna Article

June 6th, 2010 by admin

We have been featured on Syria’s English language daily newspaper Baladna.

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How Do I Love Thee (in Arabic) – Let Me Count the Ways

October 9th, 2009 by SierraPrasada

The most basic words for love in Arabic (حُبّ), English and French (aimer) don’t look anything alike, but they do share the same set of meanings. If I say alternately ‘I love you’ or ‘je t’aime’ or ‘أُحِبّك,’ I could be speaking to a lover, a parent, a sibling, a friend, a pet or even an inanimate object. I might even just mean, “I like you.” It’s all about the context – and this is also a handy word to know in Arabic, السِياق.

If I’m speaking to a male, I’m going to say أُحِبُكَ (u7ebbuka), whereas if I’m speaking to a female, I’ll say أُحِبُكِ (u7ebbuki).

Of course, if I’m in الشام area of the Arab world, I might add a ‘بَ’ to the beginning of the word to signify that it’s in the present tense (and, in this case, tweak the internal vowels). In the Levant (Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan) and in Egypt, for instance, I’d say بَحَبك (ba7ebbak/ik). If I’m just talking about love in general, I’ll use the مصدر or verbal noun and be sure to make it definite: الحُبّ.

This particular verb, however, is hardly the only one you’ll hear used to describe love. In London-based Egyptian writer Ahdaf Soueif’s 1999 novel,The Map of Love, one of her characters – an avid Arabic student – goes looking for love in the Arabic language. In a lyrical journal entry, she writes about what she has discovered:

” ‘Hubb’ is love, ’3ishq’ [عِشْقَ] is love that entwines two people together, ‘sha3′af’ [شَغَفَ] is love that nests in the chambers of the heart, ‘hayam’ [هامَ/هَيم] is love that wanders the earth, ‘taym’ [تامَ/تَيْم] is love in which you lose yourself, ‘walah’ [وَلَهَ] is love that carries sorrow within it, ’9abaabah’ [صَبَّ/صَبابة] is love that exudes from your pores, ‘hawa’ [هَوَى] is love that shares its name with ‘air’ and with ‘falling,’ ’3′arem’ [غَرِمَ - pass.] is love that is willing to pay the price.”

If you’re yearning to know more about these specific words – well, yallah, look them up in our dictionary!

Arabic is not difficult

July 16th, 2009 by moshaya

A common misconception about Arabic today is that it is an extremely difficult language to learn. I am writing this article to eliminate this misconception. Yes, Arabic can be hard, but no, it does not take years to learn if some effort is put into learning the language on a weekly basis. Everyone can learn Arabic, both young and old!

I generally try to back my claims with evidence. If Arabic is that difficult, then how is it that Hamza Yusuf, an American raised in California who started learning Arabic in his 20s, now speaks Arabic so fluently that many assume him to be a born Arab. Moreover, how has Tim Winter, also known as Abdal Hakim Murad and a lecturer at Cambridge University, mastered the language? Both of these men travelled to Arab countries to seek knowledge and, although they started learning Arabic as adults, they can now speak the language skillfully. This proves that Arabic is not such a difficult language to learn. My own mother, born and raised in Britain, managed to learn Arabic in her early 30s and can now have competent conversations with people.

The biggest challenge for Arabic learners is the lack of available resources and native-Arab people to practice with. Recently, with the emergence of sites such as ArabicPod.net, people are starting to realise that learning Arabic can be a great and pleasurable experience, far from the complex and stressful experience many claim it to be. Of course it’s inevitable that the learning of a new language means also understanding new grammatical rules different from those of your mother tongue. However, this shouldn’t mean that learning the language is exceptionally difficult. Every foreign tongue is different and unique in its own way. Thus, acquisition of a new language always requires determination and motivation.

We often see questions over the internet concerning the difficulty of learning Arabic. When People worldwide think about learning Arabic one of the first questions they ask is: “Is Arabic difficult?”. To summarize, it certainly is a challenge, but a challenge that can be easily surmounted . Do not listen to those who don’t speak a word of Arabic but claim it to be the most difficult language to learn. Give the language a chance, you will find it is well worth it!

ArabicPod Dictionary

November 2nd, 2008 by arabicpod

We’ve finally released a beta version of our own dictionary! This is what we believe is the only Audio Pictorial Arabic dictionary on the web. Some of the additional features of this dictionary are:

  • Audio and text examples
  • Related lessons
  • Multiple results per search
  • Random search

This is still in a beta version because the dictionary doesn’t cover all Arabic words at the moment, but words searched for that are not in the dictionary will be recorded so that we can add them soon after, until the dictionary covers all the words out there.

Khaleej Times Article

September 21st, 2008 by admin

We have been featured in Dubai’s leading English newspaper

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