Beginning Arabic Course
Introduction to Arabic
Part I - The Arabic Alphabet and Sound System
In conjunction with a generous grant from the United States Department of Education to spread the learning of Arabic, Western Kentucky University is proud to offer this free and open introductory Arabic course. No registration is required. In this first course, you will learn:
- To read and write in Arabic
- To correctly pronounce all Arabic sounds
- Basic introductory conversation skills, like introducing yourself and asking where someone is from
- A general introduction to the Arab world
Arabic may seem difficult because the writing looks very different from English, but by breaking it down into its smallest parts, you will learn that Arabic is no more difficult than reading and writing English. The Arabic alphabet is made up of 28 letters. These 28 letters are the same used to write everything from the Qur'an to the works of Naguib Mahfouz to a daily newspaper. Most letters correspond to sounds you are familiar with in English, like m, n, s and t. The few that are different will be explained to you and you will get many opportunities to practice.
So don't wait, jump right in!
Ahlan wa Sahlan!
Overview of the Arabic Alphabet Short Vowels
The letters alif and nuun Introducing Yourself
Basic Greetings How to say "I" and "You"
The letters waaw and yaa The letter laam
The vowels uu and ii "The" and "no"
How to introduce someone else Basic pleasantries
The letters jiim, Haa, khaa The letter miim
The symbol sukkun More vowel sounds
How to talk about places
The letters daal, dhaal, raa, zayy The letters siin and shiin
How to express nationalities Names
The symbol taa marbouta The symbol shadda
The letters Saad, Daad, ghayn, ayn The symbols hamza, tanwiin
Describing people Sun and Moon Letters