Which Arabic dialect do we teach?

May 4th, 2008 by moshaya

As this is one of the most common questions we get asked, I have decided to write a brief entry on this blog to clarify the matter. Firstly, I would like to explain that we tend to teach Arabic that can be understood and used throughout the Arab world. To achieve this, we teach the “common colloquial” Arabic, that is shared by all Arabs, as well as classical Arabic.

An example of a colloquial word is the word فلوس which is pronounced ‘fuloos’ and means money. This word is colloquial and is used everywhere. The classical word for this is مال which is pronounced ‘maal’. So we try to use such common Arabic words in addition to classical Arabic as we believe this is the most effective way to learn Arabic.

We don’t believe one should concentrate on a specific dialect only used in certain parts of the Arab world when one can learn Arabic that is widely understood throughout the Arab world. It is not necessary to learn the Egyptian dialect if your travels take you to Egypt. Our Arabic lessons will enable you to communicate, not only there, but also in other Arab regions.

To cater for all needs, we occasionally teach dialects in our lessons but we always mention the dialect that is used. An example of this can be found in the beginner lesson called ‘wake up!’ which uses the Sham dialect.

For those of you who are still unsure about which dialect to learn, we advise you to avoid worrying about dialects too much and start learning the Arabic that we teach, which will certainly enable you to become more universally communicative in Arabic. After learning this ‘Universal Arabic’, you will, undoubtedly, find learning the various Arabic dialects much simpler, if you so wish to delve further into the wonderfully, rich world of the Arabic language!

Universally Arabic

April 18th, 2008 by admin

As I was walking down the Grand Bazaar Market in Istanbul, Turkey, while on holiday, I stopped to buy a cheap watch when the salesman asked if I spoke Arabic. I was surprised to hear near perfect Arabic being spoken by this salesman. He was a local Kurd and not from an Arab descent and said that Arabic was a must for him to learn. It was then when it struck me that Arabic really is a universal language with a World Wide user base.  

Arabic is one of the most spoken languages in the World. It is the official language in 22 countries and is also learnt as a second language by millions of people due to the influences of Islam, culture and others. I found a good article on http://www.vistawide.com/arabic/why_arabic.htm called “10 excellent reasons to study Arabic” which is worth a read if you’re wondering why you should study Arabic.

From a personal point of view, I find Arabic very rich. The vast number of words that are available and the way they are formed can deliver a very powerful and touching speech, for example, more so than if it was done in another language. If I was to compare the language to a Swiss Army Knife then it would be a fully loaded one with all the tools needed to easily provide vivid explanatory speech.  Those romantic gestures that you might give to your loved one can sound even more romantic using this tool.

If you have started learning with us at ArabicPod then we urge you to continue and promise you will find the outcome rewarding, and if you are thinking of learning Arabic then all we can ask is what are you waiting for? Start downloading those podcasts and embark on a journey that will lead you to the treasure at the end of the rainbow.

Arab News Article

February 27th, 2008 by admin

We have been featured on Saudi’s leading English newspaper Arab News. Click on the image to view the article or on the link to see it on their website

http://www.arabnews.com/?page=11§ion=0&article=107210&d=26&m=2&y=2008

New Features

February 17th, 2008 by arabicpod

ArabicPod has been hard at work (as always) to bring you the best resources to help you on your way to learning Arabic.

You may have noticed some of the new features added in the last few weeks, including:

  • An Arabic Keyboard for lesson discussions:  You can now get writing Arabic letters with ease and share your Arabic comments.

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  • Arabic text align: Arabic text has now been programmed to align to the right, as it should be, making the Arabic easier to read on lesson comments.

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  •  ‘Audio Transcripts’: These are exclusively for Premium Users, you will now be able to listen to each sentence in the pdf and really get to grips with the words.

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  • Exclusive games that were created to help you learn certain aspects of the Arabic language.

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Keep your eyes peeled for more new features coming your way soon!

How it all began

January 23rd, 2008 by moshaya

February 2007, Ehab and I discussed our frustration at the lack of Arabic teaching podcasts. There were many for other languages but not for Arabic. That’s when we discussed the notion of an ArabicPod, and so we agreed on a recording date. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to find a decent microphone on time; nevertheless we made do with what we had.

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We set up a tripod and hung a pair of headphones on it, we then connected it to the laptop, placed our chairs at the ready and recorded our very first lesson, “How are you?”. At first we were a bit hesitant about releasing the lesson on the website, but after sending it to a few friends and receiving good feedback, we made the decision to use it. You can probably tell that the quality of the first lesson isn’t as good as the others. Fortunately, we had our new microphone, “Samson SP01”, delivered by the time we recorded the next lesson.

We hope for ArabicPod to become the leading source for learning Arabic on the Internet. The website will provide much more than lessons; needless to say, we hope to make learning the language “an entertainment” by not only providing MP3 podcasts, but videos, games and more. Above all, our success depends on you. We understand that there would be no need for an ArabicPod.net if there were no users, and that’s why we would be grateful if you spread the word. Tell your friends about it. Submit reviews on iTunes or write about it on your blog.

Welcome

December 31st, 2007 by arabicpod

First things first, all of us here at ArabicPod would like to give you a very warm welcome to the new website. We’ve been working on it for the past few months and hope you find it good and well. Many new features have been added in the hope to make this the best learning experience possible for all of our users. Among the updated features you will find are:

·         Lesson exercises – a chance for you to practice what you’ve learned in each podcast

·         Additional content (such as videos or flash movies) added to some lessons

·         A whole new section, ‘SharePoint’ – giving you the chance to share any useful, supplementary learning materials you may know of

·         And much more…

We also have more exciting, new features on the way; look out for video podcasts and also extra podcasts exclusively for Premium users.

You’ll find our new site is easy to navigate and simple to use. So go ahead and get browsing!

Don’t hesitate to contact us at contact@arabicpod.net with any questions, views or concerns you may have, we’re here to help.