Arabic

Library Resources for Arabic Learners

  • Brosh, Hezi, author. Arabic Stories for Language Learners : Traditional Middle-Eastern Tales in Arabic and English. Tokyo; Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle Publishing, 2013.
    • This is a great source, one I have used before. The stories are (as noted in the title) traditional, but may help to provide historical and cultural context while also helping with language learning. My book also came with a companion CD which is great for pronunciation
  • Living Language Arabic. New York: Living Language, 2012.
    • This is a collection of tapes with various levels (beginner, intermediate, etc). They provide audio to assist in the language learning process.
  • Mahmoud al-Batal, editor. Arabic As One Language: Integrating Dialect in the Arabic Language Curriculum. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2018.
    • Since MSA is often reserved for formal writing and presentations, learning a dialect in Arabic is extremely useful. Many of my own professors have sprinkled in words from various dialects while also teaching MSA. This text helps to provide information regarding these dialects and the integration of them into the curriculum.
  • Ryding, Karin C. author. Teaching And Learning Arabic as a Foreign Language: A Guide for Teachers. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2013.
    • While this tool is aimed at teachers rather than learners, it helps to review Arabic for those who are familiar with the language, yet may need a reminder on particular rules and constructions. They say the best way to learn is to teach!
  • Wehr, Hans, 1909-1981. A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic: Arabic-English. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1976.
    • This dictionary is one commonly cited as a critical text for language learning. It provides readers with the root of the word, enforcing language learners to dissect constructions of Arabic words

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