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Super Confusing Words (for Arabic Language Learners) INDEX

Have you come across words in Arabic that have similar sounds, pronunciations, spellings but have totally different meanings? These are the ones we call Super Confusing Words. Learning them will hopefully help you avoid mispronunciation mishaps and mistakes, especially in spoken communication and translation.  

The words are either of the following groups:

  • Homographs e.g. (شَعر – شِعر) i.e. poetry – hair
  • Homophones (ليلى – ليلة) i.e. night – female name
  • Homonyms (رياضيات = maths vs. female athletes
  • Similar Sounding Letters: soft vs. bold (كلبي – قلبي) i.e. 
  • Easily confused words (e.g. غالي – غني) i.e. rich – expensive 

Here are some of the most commonly and easily confused words in Arabic to watch out for. 


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Set #02 (#11-20)



Set #01 (#01-10)

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IAA | Core Vocabulary

Vocabulary-Building Activities

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  • Contents
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E
  • F
  • G
  • H
  • Contents

    • A. Core Vocabulary Lists [Downloadable PDF]
    • B. Audio Visual Flashcards + Quizzes (Matching, Multiple Choice & True/False)
    • C. Vocabulary Podcasts 
    • D.  Vocabulary Videos 
    • E. Dictation & Listening Activities 
    • F. Odd One Out Quizzes 
    • G. Synonyms & Antonyms Quizzes
    • H. Plurals Quizzes 
  • Overview

    The vocabulary lists can be downloaded below as PDF files

  • Audio Visual Flashcards & Quizzes

    The core vocab sets are available to study via the IAA Quizlet Class. See link below. 

    To maximise your learning with flashcards and interactive quizzes, you are highly recommended to use the Quizlet App

    Membership to this class is restricted only to students enrolled in Intensive Arabic A (IAA) at the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh. 

    1. IAA (2017) | Quizlet

    Quizlet is a lightning fast way to learn vocabulary.

  • Vocabulary Podcasts 

    Audio Playlist


  • Vocabulary Videos 

    IAA Core Vocabulary Video Playlist

    Click on the top left icon to  display all videos 

  • Dictation & Listening Activities 

    The following activities will test a variety of skills, including spelling accuracy, listening skills and  your vocabulary knowledge at beginners level.

    Alphabet Letter Groups | Dictation Drills

  • Odd One Out Quizzes 

    The following quizzes are based on IAA Core vocabulary and will be available via the weekly study guide.

    e-Arabic Learning Portal

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  • Synonyms & Antonyms Quizzes

    The synonyms quizzes will test your ability to think of a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word.

    The following quizzes are available via the weekly study guide. The online interactive version is accessible via Quizlet (see link below).

    V# – Synonyms Quizzes Folder | Quizlet

    Quizlet is a lightning fast way to learn vocabulary.

  • Plurals Quizzes

    1. Plurals Quiz 1
    2. Plurals Quiz 2
    3. Plurals Quiz 3
    4. Plurals Quiz 4
    5. Plurals Quiz 5
    6. Plurals Quiz 6
    7. Plurals Quiz 7
    8. Plurals Quiz 8
    9. Plurals Quiz 9
    10. Plurals Quiz 10

    The quizzes are available in this folder:

    G# – Plurals Quizzes (AAD & IAA) Folder | Quizlet

    Quizlet is a lightning fast way to learn vocabulary.