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Misspelt Arabic Signs: Set 1 (#01-10)

Misspelt Arabic Signs #01 – Hello!

A multilingual greeting sign with the Arabic greeting (السلام عليكم Assalamu Alaikum) disjointed and starting from the wrong direction. Spotted at College Credits:

 

Misspelt #02 – Welcome!

A multilingual Welcome greeting sign with the Arabic (مرحبا بكم Welcome to you) disjointed and starting from the wrong direction. Spotted at Credits:

 

Misspelt #Arabic #Signs #03 – Shukran!

A thank you post-it note in Arabic (misspelt as شكران) posted on the event’s  feedback board. A big thank you (Shukran – شكرا) to @alwaleed_centre organisers for putting together the wonderful #TasteofScottishIslam event, sponsored @bemis_scotland, last Sun 28/01/18

#Spelling #MisspeltSigns #HilariousSigns #ArabicSpelling

Photo Credits: @e_arabic

 

 

Misspelt #Arabic #Signs #04: Thank you

Another thank you (شكراً) #sign misspelled w/ the #Arabic letters disconnected + reading direction is the other way around #Spelling #MisspeltSigns #HilariousSigns

Location: @CityCenterDC @DBGBDC

Photo Credit: Kindly shared by @magsmitchell

Why Study Arabic? | Articles & Resources

Forget French and Mandarin – Arabic is the language to learn

  • Author: independent.co.With more than 300 million people speaking it, no wonder the British Council is promoting its teaching in schools

Forget French and Mandarin – Arabic is the language to learn

The 10-year-old was looking at the card in front of him which showed an image of a fish. “Samak,” he said decisively. He and his classmates at Horton Park primary school, in Bradford, have been learning Arabic for three years now, courtesy of a drive by the British Council to boost the take-up of the language in state schools.

The top 9 languages for the highest-paid jobs in Britain

Out of the top 9 languages will get you the highest paid jobs in Britain, Arabic is ranked the second: 

2. Arabic — £34,122. There are currently 1,113 jobs available to those who speak Arabic as well as English, which is less than some of the languages that are lower down in the list. However, the jobs are generally better paid.

The top 9 languages for the highest-paid jobs in Britain

Learning a second language can be extremely lucrative for your career opportunities. And after jobs search engine Adzuna analysed over 1 million live job postings on its website, it found out that some languages are more likely to get you a higher paid job than others in Britain, when employers advertised for jobs looking for someone who was at least bi-lingual.

 

Why Study Arabic?

  • Author: University of Warwick

Why Study Arabic?

Why Study Arabic?

 

Why Arabic should be taught in UK schools

  • Author: British Council

Why Arabic should be taught in UK schools

Should Arabic join other modern languages on the UK school curriculum? Yes, says the British Council’s Tony Calderbank, whose own journey as a learner of Arabic has convinced him that knowledge of the language is essential to the UK’s long-term economic and cultural prosperity. Arabic is one of the world’s great languages.

 

If I Started Learning Arabic Again, This Is How I’d Do It

  • Author: Donovan Nagel

If I Started Learning Arabic Again, This Is How I’d Do It

UPDATE: We recently created a massive resource for learning spoken Arabic (8 varieties) that has already helped thousands of learners around the world. Check it out here and let us know what you think. *** Arabic was the first foreign language I learned to fluency.

 

Why Study Arabic?

Why Study Arabic?

A Critical Language. Arabic speakers are in great demand. The U.S. State Department has named Arabic a “critical language,” creating scholarships for language study in the U.S. and overseas. Practical and curious about the world, BU students feel that knowing Arabic will give them a career edge in such fields as diplomacy, intelligence, business, engineering, international development, and academia.

5 Reasons Why You Should Learn Arabic As Your Next Language

Guest Post: 5 Reasons Why You Should Learn Arabic As Your Next Language

Arabic is a mysterious language to many people on the outside looking in, including myself. So I was really glad when Donovan from the Mezzofanti Guild shared this awesome guest post with us. I’ll leave you in his capable hands. G’day all! Greetings from sunny Cairo.

Why learn Arabic? 10 great reasons to start learning Arabic

Why learn Arabic? – 10 excellent reasons to study Arabic

Why learn Arabic? Here are 10 excellent reasons to start studying Arabic today.

 

Top Ten Reasons for Learning Arabic

  • Author: Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures

Arabic: Ten Top Reasons

Knowing Arabic opens the door to many other languages in the region. For example, approximately 50% of the vocabulary of Persian (Farsi) is made up of Arabic words. Similar considerations apply to learning Urdu or Turkish. Also, Hebrew is related linguistically to Arabic, which makes it easier to grasp the grammatical and semantic concepts in Hebrew.

 

SEVEN REASONS WHY NOW IS THE TIME TO LEARN ARABIC

Seven Reasons Why Now is the Time to Learn Arabic | American Councils

I’m not seeking to dissuade you from pursuing your top major of choice, but rather to convince you to add Arabic training to your course of study. For those interested in fields as diverse as international affairs to business, or from public health to science and engineering, learning Arabic will enable you to improve your career, your community, and your world.

 

Why Study Arabic?

Why Study Arabic? | Middle Eastern Languages: Arabic | Carleton College

Along with opening up diverse career opportunities, Arabic is the mode of expression for one of the world’s most ancient, varied and dynamic cultural traditions. From the pre-Islamic odes of Arabia, to the latest hip-hop anthems and graphic novels, the Arabic language ties together an unparalleled living culture.

 

Why Study Arabic?

  • Author: Boston University Arts & Sciences Modern Languages & Comparative Literature

 

FluencyFast – Why Study Arabic?

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8 Must-See TED Talks about the Arabic Language, Arab World & Politics

The following is a selection of TED talks which were delivered mostly in English, and some in Arabic. If you are a language student, you might wish to follow the Arabic transcript while listening to the talk. The talk delivered in English has also been translated into 33 languages, including Arabic. 

Talk #01 – Why is ‘x’ the unknown?

  • Speaker: TERRY MOORE
  • About: Why is ‘x’ the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.
  • Terry Moore gave a popular TED talk last year about why we use the letter “X” to represent the unknown. The surprising story begins with the introduction of Arabic texts into 11th century Spain, continues with a small incompatibility between Spanish and Arabic pronunciation, and ends with the familiar X in everything from The X Files to Generation X.
  • Terry more has learnt Arabic and reflects on the logical nature of the Arabic language.

Terry Moore: Why is ‘x’ the unknown?

Why is ‘x’ the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.

Talk #02 – Don’t kill your language

  • Speaker: SUZANNE TALHOUK
  • About: More and more, English is a global language; speaking it is perceived as a sign of being modern. But — what do we lose when we leave behind our mother tongues? Suzanne Talhouk makes an impassioned case to love your own language, and to cherish what it can express that no other language can. In Arabic with subtitles.

Suzanne Talhouk: Don’t kill your language

More and more, English is a global language; speaking it is perceived as a sign of being modern. But — what do we lose when we leave behind our mother tongues? Suzanne Talhouk makes an impassioned case to love your own language, and to cherish what it can express that no other language can.

Talk #03 -Street art with a message of hope and peace

  • Speaker: EL SEED
  • About: What does this gorgeous street art say? It’s Arabic poetry, inspired by bold graffiti and placed where a message of hope and peace can do the most good. In this quietly passionate talk, artist and TED Fellow eL Seed describes his ambition: to create art so beautiful it needs no translation.

eL Seed: Street art with a message of hope and peace

What does this gorgeous street art say? It’s Arabic poetry, inspired by bold graffiti and placed where a message of hope and peace can do the most good. In this quietly passionate talk, artist and TED Fellow eL Seed describes his ambition: to create art so beautiful it needs no translation.

Talk #04 –  A project of peace, painted across 50 buildings

  • Speaker: EL SEED
  • About: eL Seed fuses Arabic calligraphy with graffiti to paint colorful, swirling messages of hope and peace on buildings from Tunisia to Paris. The artist and TED Fellow shares the story of his most ambitious project yet: a mural painted across 50 buildings in Manshiyat Naser, a district of Cairo, Egypt, that can only be fully seen from a nearby mountain.

eL Seed: A project of peace, painted across 50 buildings

eL Seed fuses Arabic calligraphy with graffiti to paint colorful, swirling messages of hope and peace on buildings from Tunisia to Paris. The artist and TED Fellow shares the story of his most ambitious project yet: a mural painted across 50 buildings in Manshiyat Naser, a district of Cairo, Egypt, that can only be fully seen from a nearby mountain.

Talk #05 -A thousand times no

  • Speaker: BAHIA SHEHAB
  • Description: Art historian Bahia Shehab has long been fascinated with the Arabic script for ‘no.’ When revolution swept through Egypt in 2011, she began spraying the image in the streets saying no to dictators, no to military rule and no to violence.

Bahia Shehab: A thousand times no

Art historian Bahia Shehab has long been fascinated with the Arabic script for ‘no.’ When revolution swept through Egypt in 2011, she began spraying the image in the streets saying no to dictators, no to military rule and no to violence.

Talk #06 – Let’s design social media that drives real change

  • Speaker: Wael Ghonim
  • About: Wael Ghonim helped touch off the Arab Spring in his home of Egypt … by setting up a simple Facebook page. As he reveals, once the revolution spilled onto the streets, it turned from hopeful to messy, then ugly and heartbreaking. And social media followed suit. What was once a place for crowdsourcing, engaging and sharing became a polarized battleground. Ghonim asks: What can we do about online behavior now? How can we use the Internet and social media to create civility and reasoned argument?

Wael Ghonim: Let’s design social media that drives real change

Wael Ghonim helped touch off the Arab Spring in his home of Egypt … by setting up a simple Facebook page. As he reveals, once the revolution spilled onto the streets, it turned from hopeful to messy, then ugly and heartbreaking. And social media followed suit.

 

Talk #07 – A historic moment in the Arab world

  • Speaker: WADAH KHANFAR
  • About: As a democratic revolution led by tech-empowered young people sweeps the Arab world, Wadah Khanfar, the head of Al Jazeera, shares a profoundly optimistic view of what’s happening in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and beyond — at this powerful moment when people realized they could step out of their houses and ask for change.

 

Wadah Khanfar: A historic moment in the Arab world

As a democratic revolution led by tech-empowered young people sweeps the Arab world, Wadah Khanfar, the head of Al Jazeera, shares a profoundly optimistic view of what’s happening in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and beyond — at this powerful moment when people realized they could step out of their houses and ask for change.

Talk #08 – 4 reasons to learn a new language

  • About: English is fast becoming the world’s universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. So why bother learning a foreign language? Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue.
  • Speaker: JOHN MCWHORTER
  • Subtitles: Arabic & many other languages

John McWhorter: 4 reasons to learn a new language

English is fast becoming the world’s universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. So why bother learning a foreign language? Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue.

Induction Tasks

Induction Tasks

  • Using Yammer
  • Induction to typing in Arabic
  • Using Online Quizzes  
  • Blogging Tasks: Introducing yourself in (a) English and then (b) in Arabic.
  • Cloud Text-to-Speech
  • Using Yammer
  • Typing
  • Blogging
  • Quizzes
  • Using Yammer

    1. Joining Yammer: As a PG Arabic student, you will have access to a dedicated online network/group on Yammer (an educational network tool part of the UoE Outlook package). The network is a shared collaborative space and an extension of the Arabic classroom. It is a private space (for IAA students only) for practicing your writing as well as for communicating with your peers and completing the pre-class activities.
      • To log in just follow the invitation link sent to your UoE inbox.
    2. Yammer Mobile
      • Now that you are familiar with using Yammer, you might be interested to use it on your mobile (particularly useful for posting short message/posts on the move). The Mobile app is available at: Apple | Android
      • Profile Photo: In order to personalise your blog – and to help us identify it – please upload a headshot of yourself.
    3. YAMMER’s NOTIFICATIONS
      • Make sure you edit the notification settings (as shown below) by ticking/unticking the updates you want to be notified about by email. (See attachment: Notifications)
      • GO TO Notifications (Bell Icon top left) > Click on “See all Notifications”

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  • Typing in Arabic

    Supporting Resources

    1. Essential Tools & Resources for Transliteration & Typing in Arabic
    2. Book Directory #07 | Arabic Typing Books, Tools & Stationary
  • Blogging

    Weekly Blogging Activities

    • Each week, over the duration of the course, you will be assigned a short blogging activity about the weekly IAA themes. This is mainly to allow you an opportunity to practise your writing skills in Arabic at home and getting feedback from your teacher.
    • Assessed Work: Some of these activities will be part of your assessed “Online Participation”, which counts as 10% towards your overall grade.

    Reflective Blog (1): Introducing Myself (in English): For your first blog post, introduce yourself using the following questions:

    1. Tell us a bit about yourself (academic background, place of origin, etc..) 
    2. Have you had any language learning experience before? (Arabic or/and other foreign languages)
    3. Your experience with using technology as a learner
    4. What would you like to achieve by the end of the programme?
    5. Why are you studying the Arabic language and culture

    Your First Posts in ARABIC!

    • Post #01 – Now, that you can write in Arabic, write a short message saying Hi (‘Ahlan or Salam) to everyone in the group. 
    • Post #02 – Write a blog introducing yourself in Arabic. For this week’s post, refer to IAA1 – My Personal Profile
    • Comments – try commenting on (and liking 👍) your peers profiles in Arabic/English.

    Other types of blogging posts you might wish to explore 

    • Post a Photo of yourself, your family or town w/ a caption (in Arabic or English)
    • Post an audio message sharing your favourite song. 
    • Share weblinks of your favourite websites or resources online that could be useful to your peers. 
  • Interactive Quizzes & Using Quizlet

    Using Quizlet

    Quizlet is an online tool that allows you to create and study flashcard sets using a variety of interactive tools. 

    Quizlet is also a memorisation tool, which allows you to create “sets” of vocabulary, grammar, definitions and so on and you can customised these to your own needs. 

    As a language learner, Quizlet can help you improve your vocabulary memorisation and retention, in particular your recall of difficult words. 

    You can download this tool as a mobile app if you prefer to learn on the move. You can also use it as a digital notebook of new vocabulary and a self-assessment quizzing tool.

    TASKS 

    1. Set up an account at Quizlet.com: Make sure you include your first name in your username so that you can be easily recognised by your classmates and tutor
    2. Join the dedicated Quizlet Classes for your PG Arabic module:
      1. Beginners: IAA  + Beginners’ Arabic – Student Generated Sets
      2. Advanced: AAD OR AAG + Advanced Arabic – Student Generated Sets
    3. Install the Quizlet Mobile App
    4. Take a Sample Quiz: Once you’ve installed the mobile app (highly recommended), study the following sample quizzes.  When you take each quiz, try out the learning modes available: Flashcards, Learn, Test, Speller, Scatter game, Gravity game, etc.

    5. Create your own first Quizlet set:  You can create your own sets for a variety of reasons:

    • To practice memorising new vocabulary you come across
    • To practice studying difficult or tricky words
    • Use Quizlet as a vocabulary notepad
    • Create your own Gap-fill exercises using sentences

    Tasks

eArabic Learners Portal | Photo Galleries 🖼️

Arabic Alphabet Letters [Visual Posters]

Arabic Alphabet Letters [Posters]

35 new photos · Album by eArabic Learning Portal UoE

 

Arabic Vowels & Pronunciation Symbols [Visual Posters]

Arabic Vowels & Pron. Symbols [Posters]

15 new photos · Album by eArabic Learning Portal UoE

Arabic Vowels & Pronunciation Symbols [Study Posters]

Arabic Vowels & Pronunciation Symbols

New photo · Album by eArabic Learning Portal UoE

 

Similar Sounding Letters [Study Posters]

SSL (Similar Sounding Letters)

27 new photos added to shared album

 

Alphabet Letter Groups [Listening & Dictation Drills]

Alphabet Letter Groups [Dictation Drills]

3 new photos · Album by eArabic Learning Portal UoE

 

Arabic Vowels & Pronunciation Symbols | Pronunciation Training 🎧

 Pronunciation Training: Listening & Reading Drills 

  • Overview
  • Contents
  • Study Guides
  • Pronunciation & Listening Drills
    • Skills & Language Areas: Arabic Sounds, Arabic Pronunciation, Vowels & Pronunciation Symbols
    • Activities: Pronunciation training, Listening & Dictation Drills, Reading Visuals
    • Audio Recorded by: Mourad Diouri (Arabic)
    • Written & Developed by: Mourad Diouri
  • Contents

    Short Vowels

    • Set #01: Fatha الفَتْحة
    • Set #02:Kasra الكَسْرة
    • Set #03: Damma الضَمَّة

    Long Vowels

    • Set #04: Long Alif (ألف المدّ)
    • Set #05: Long Waw (واو المدّ)  
    • Set #06: Long Yaa’  (ياء المدّ)  

    Supplementary Vowels

    • Set #07: Sukoun/Vowelsness (السُكون)
    • Set #08: Shaddah (الشَدَّة) x 3 vowels
    • Set #09:Alif Maqsuura/Shortened Alif  (ى)
    • Set #10:Alif Madda (ألف مَدّة) ( آ)
    • Set #11Superscript/ Dagger Alif (الألف الخنجرية)

    Arabic Diphthongs

    • Set#12 : Diphthong #1: /’aw/ sound 
    • Set#13 : Diphthong #2: /’ay/ sound 

    Sun & Moon Letters

    • Set#14 : Sun Letters
    • Set#15 : Moon Letter

    Nunation (Doubling of short vowels)

    • Set#16 : Double Fatha تَنْوين الفَتْح
    • Set#17 : Double Kasra   تَنْوين الكَسْر
    • Set#18 : Double Damma تَنْوين الضَّم
  •  

  • Visuals & Study Guides

    To access the visuals gallery, click below

    For offline reading, you may wish to download the visuals [Click on DOWNLOAD ALL]

    Please check the audio recordings for all the sets under the “Pronunciation & Listening Drills” tab. 

    Arabic Vowels & Pronunciation Symbols [Study Posters]

    24 new photos · Album by eArabic Learning Portal UoE

  • Listening & Pronounciation Practice

    The following audio material is a set of recordings for all the vowels  pronunciation symbols sets. The transcripts of these recordings are available under the “Visuals & Study Guides” tab.

     

    To access the audio playlist at Soundcloud.com, go to: Vowels & Pronunciation Symbols [Audio Playlist]

Similar Sounding Letters & Words | Pronunciation Training 🎧

  • Overview
  • Contents
  • Visuals
  • Listening Practice
  • Listening Drills
    • Skills: Arabic Sounds, Arabic Pronunciation, Similar-Sounds
    • Activities: Pronunciation training, Listening & Dictation Drills, Reading Visuals
    • Written & Developed by: Mourad Diouri
    • Audio Recorded by: Jehan Saleh (English) & Mourad Diouri (Arabic)
  • Contents

    Emphatic vs. Non-Emphatic Sounds

    • Set #01 → Similar-Sounding Letters (أ vs. ع)
    • Set #02 → Similar-Sounding Letters (ت vs. ط)  
    • Set #03 → Similar-Sounding Letters ( ث vs. س)  
    • Set #04 → Similar-Sounding Letters ( ث vs. ص)  
    • Set #05 → Similar-Sounding Letters ( ح vs. ه)  
    • Set #06 → Similar-Sounding Letters ( ح vs. ع)
    • Set #07 → Similar-Sounding Letters ( خ vs. غ)
    • Set #08 → Similar-Sounding Letters ( د vs. ض)
    • Set #09 → Similar-Sounding Letters ( ذ vs. ظ)
    • Set #10 → Similar-Sounding Letters ( ذ  vs.  ز)
    • Set #11 → Similar-Sounding Letters ( ز vs. ظ )
    • Set #12 → Similar-Sounding Letters ( ز vs. س )
    • Set #13 → Similar-Sounding Letters ( س vs. ص)
    • Set #14 → Similar-Sounding Letters ( ك vs. ق)

    Short vs. Long Vowels

    • Set #15 → Short vs. Long Vowels (Fatha vs. Alif.)
    • Set #16 → Short vs. Long Vowels (Kasra vs. Yaa’)
    • Set #17 → Short vs. Long Vowels (Damma vs, Waaw)

    Single vs. Double Consonants

    • Set #18 → Similar Sounding Consonants: Single vs. Double

    Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Alif “أ

    • Set #19 → Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Alif  (ا vs. أ)
    • Set #20 → Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Alif  (آ vs. أ)

    Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Waaw “و

    • Set #21 →   Similar Sounding Letters: Consonant و vs. Vowel و

    Similar Sounding Letters: The Case of Yaa’ “ي

    • Set #22 →  Similar Sounding Letters: Consonant  ي vs. Vowel ي
    • Set #23 → Similar Sounding Letters: Double  يّ  vs. Single ي
  • Visuals & Study Guides

    To access the visuals gallery, click below

    For offline reading, you may wish to download the visuals [Click on DOWNLOAD ALL]

    The audio for the visuals below are not available yet and will be uploaded SOON. 

    Similar Sounding Letters [Study Posters]

    28 new photos added to shared album

  • Listening & Pronounciation Practice

    To access the audio playlist go to: Similar Sounding Words & Letters [Audio Playlist]

    [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/262495693″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”650″ iframe=”true” /]

  • Listening & Dictation Drills

    To access the audio playlist go to: Similar Sounding Letters [Listening Drills]

    [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/50778325″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”650″ iframe=”true” /]