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36 Arabic Stories for Kids
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This page contains links to thirty-six stories children's stories written in Arabic. Many of the stories include morals or other teaching moments. Each page of every story has small illustrations for difficult words at the bottom to help make reading easier for both native and non-native speakers. The stories move from easy to more difficult. The stories are fully voweled.

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Reading
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Dar al-Manhar
Date Added:
10/14/2013
7 Short Stories
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This is a collection of one page stories brought together in one document available for free download. Each page/story corresponds with a day of the week, although the stories themselves have no connection with one another. The stories include moral lessons. Each story is fully voweled.

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Reading
Provider:
bookstolearnarabic
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Adab Arabic Poetry
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This website hosts many examples of poetry from the jahiliyyah period to the present in an attempt to create a comprehensive diwan of Arabic poetry. Some poems have an audio component. Users can browse poetry by time period, by audio file, by author's name, or by custom search. The website is also in English and there are many poems that have been translated into English, although some poems that are on the website in English are not on the website in Arabic and vice versa. Users can submit poetry to the website via a submission system.

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Reading
Provider:
adab
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Al Wzzan
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Al Wzzan is a website aimed at analyzing Arabic poetry. Users can type any verse into the search field, and the website will identify it's meter, or "bahar." Arabic poetry traditionally falls within one of fifteen different meters. The site also provides sample stanzas of poetry to demonstrate how the programs works.

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Reading
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Wzzan
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic 4 Fun
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Arabic 4 fun includes five categories: alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors, and fruit names. Within each category, there is an introduction which explains the lesson, three exercises (easy, medium, & hard), and a memory game. The memory game includes the words written out in Arabic. The user may self-study or watch the explained lesson.

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Activity/Lab
Game
Interactive
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Belinda D. Finnemeyer and licensors
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Alphabet Tutorial
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This website shows images and video of the Arabic letters. It has two sections, one with the Arabic letters in their independent, unconnected forms, and a second showing the letters in all of their various connected forms. Both sections offer videos that show a calligrapher writing out each form of each letter. Videos of the connected letters include words that demonstrate the initial, medial, and final positions of each letter.

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Reading
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Stanford University
Date Added:
11/06/2012
Arabic Language and Its Standing among the Languages
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'Arabic Language and Its Standing among the Languages' is a study made by Dr. Farhan Salim. In this article, Dr. Salim discusses the importance of Arabic. The sections in this article are: Arabic language characteristics; the effect of the Arabic language on other languages; the challenges facing Arabic; and how to face the current challenges.

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Reading
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Dr. Farhan Salim
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Papyrus, Parchment, and Paper
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The collection of Arabic papyrus, parchment, and paper at the J. Willard Marriott Library is the largest in the U.S. It contains several parchment pieces, 770 Arabic papyrus documents, and over 1,300 Arabic paper documents. The collection was compiled by Professor Atiya and his wife who purchased the collection over several years, largely from dealers in Egypt, Beirut, and London. Most of the collection originated in Egypt and the vast majority of the material is from 700 AD to the start of Ottoman rule. The collection is not yet cataloged.

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Reading
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University of Utah
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Proverbs and Translations
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This web page contains an extensive list of Arabic proverbs. Each proverb is given an translation in the English language to make it easily understood by the learner; for some of the phrases, there is a further explanation of what is meant by the proverb, i.e. A needle in a haystack = something that is very difficult to find.

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Reading
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Wikimedia Foundation
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Stories
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This web site contains many short stories and texts in Arabic. Hundreds of writers from more than twenty different countries are currently participating in this project. To access the stories, the user chooses an author and then a text from among the titles that the author has provided for the site.

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Reading
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Arabic Story
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Stories for Children
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This page offers 186 different children's stories written in Arabic. Topics range from scientific matters such as how to build a telescope to literature and folktales, including Indian folktales. Stories must be viewed using Java and users must click on the link to view the resource and its title. Many contain images and other illustrations. The intended age level of the reader varies from story to story.

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Reading
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Al3arabiya
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Talking Stories
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This is a collection of children's stories that are linked to on the Books To Learn Arabic blog and are available for free download. There are 36 different books available that move up from grade 1 to grade 4, progressing in difficulty as the grade levels move up. A pictoral dictionary accompanies each page and teaches the meanings of some words in this way. When downloaded, the files come with an audio component so that the books can be read to you when the words are clicked on.

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Reading
Provider:
bookstolearnarabic
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Aswaat Arabiyya
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Aswaat Arabiyya is an archive of 245 videos in Arabic, listed by difficulty level and accompanied by glossaries and four worksheets each that focus on every aspect of listening comprehension. Selections come largely from Arabic media, with some cultural presentations by native speakers. Videos cover the entire Arabic-speaking world and include MSA and different dialects. Materials are designed to be used both as in-class activities and homework assignments. Videos can be slowed down.

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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lecture
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University of Texas at Austin
Date Added:
01/10/2013
Dictionary of synonyms, antonyms, rhymes, and broken plurals
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This online dictionary, entirely in Arabic, gives Arabic synonyms and antonyms of words entered into the dictionary, helping to expand the vocabulary of anyone using it. It also gives rhyming words for those interested in writing poetry or for any other reason one might need a rhyming word. The broken plurals of words are also displayed.

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Reading
Provider:
Taha Zerrouki
Date Added:
10/14/2013
E-Quran
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This website is for those who would like to explore the Qur'an in a variety of languages. Users can view the Qur'an by chapter or by section (divided into 5 sections as well as into 30). The exegesis for the reasons of the Qur'an's revelation (Asbaab an-Nazuul) is included as are seven different tafasir, or exegeses. Translations of the Qur'an into 66 different languages are also found on the website; some languages have more than one translation available. Also included are Arabic definitions of the words of the Qur'an.

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Reading
Provider:
Website of the Electronic Qur'an
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Educational Stories of Dictational Rules
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Educational Stories of Dictational Rules are sixteen stories and activities in slideshow format. These stories were made for students with learning disabilities. Short vowels, long vowels, the letter ta, double vowels, prepositions, and the letter hamza are some of the explained topics. The slideshows start with a story, state the grammar rule, and end with some exercises. The slideshows are enhanced with audio components.

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Interactive
Provider:
Minstry of Education Department Learning Disabilities - KSA
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Grasping the Benefits Library (Saaid Al Fawaed)
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Saaid Al Fawaed or 'Grasp the Benefits' is an Islamic library that contains many books related to the explanation of the Holy Qur'an, the Prophet Muhammad, and more. A special section has been created on this website for the Arabic language. Here, the user can find grammar books, how-to-read books, dictionaries, and more. The site and its contents are entirely in Arabic.

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Reading
Textbook
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Saaid
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Joha Stories for Children
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This is a collection of stories of Joha, a character renowned the world and he appears in tales and folklore from India to Turkey, scanned and available for download. Each available download is fully color-illustrated and fully voweled. Stories average 16 pages in length.

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Reading
Provider:
bookstolearnarabic
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Modern Egypt Cultural and Historical Resource
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This Arabic-only website is an effort to record and preserve information on the culture and history of modern Egypt from the reign of Muhammad 'Ali starting in 1805 to the end of Sadat's presidency in 1981. Materials on this site include pictures of coins from this era, maps, stamps, medals, books, documents, photos, recordings, information on movies, speeches, newspaper articles, magazine covers, and more.

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Reading
Provider:
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Nizar Qabbani
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Nizar Qabbani is a famous Syrian contemporary poet. This website is dedicated to Nizar's literature. In the poetry and poems section, there are 510 poems about love, feminism, religion, and Arab nationalism. Many singers sang the poems of Nizar; this site includes twenty of these songs. Four works of prose by Nizar are included on the website, in addition to some pictures of Nizar and what people said about him. The website is entirely in Arabic.

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Reading
Provider:
nizariat
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Poets' Gate
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Poets' Gate is a website that contains examples of Arabic poetry ranging from the jahiliyyah period to the present day in an attempt to create a comprehensive diwan (or compilation) of Arabic poetry. Poems are divided according to the time periods and poets. The site also provides biographic information about the poets and a full list of their poems.

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Reading
Provider:
Poets' Gate
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Polite Conversational Phrases
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This webpage lists several, commonly used Arabic phrases to express greetings and emotions in ways considered polite and proper in many Arabic-speaking settings and contexts. The words include Arabic script, English translation, and English transliteration. Brief commentary is adduced when necessary in order to explain context.

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Activity/Lab
Reading
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Wikibooks
Date Added:
09/17/2013
Proficiency Level Exercises
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Mumkin offers practice materials for learners who are at a beginning, intermediate, and advanced level. Materials are grouped by difficulty level, and consists of videos in Arabic daily life followed by comprehension questions in the form of multiple choice or fill in the blank questions. Users also have the ability to read an Arabic transcription of each video. The site also provides a series of songs in Arabic that depict some aspect of contemporary Arab life along with the lyrics to the songs.

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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Reading
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Mumkin
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Qur'an Transliteration
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This site offers 18 instructional videos, divided into 4 levels, that are aimed at enabling users to read Arabic, and specifically Qur'anic Arabic. The video series begins by introducing viewers to the Arabic characters, taking great care to demonstrate the sounds they make and ends with guiding viewers through Qur'anic passages.

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Lecture
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transliteration.org
Date Added:
10/14/2013
The Quranic Arabic Corpus
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An annotated linguistic resource which shows the Arabic grammar, syntax and morphology for each word in the Holy Quran. The corpus provides three levels of analysis: morphological annotation, a syntactic treebank and a semantic ontology.

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Interactive
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Leeds University
Author:
Kais Dukes
Date Added:
02/07/2013
Read Arabic!
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The Read Arabic! Internet lessons were developed at the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland primarily with high school students of Arabic in mind; however, the materials can also be used for those in college at the basic and intermediate level as well. The website assumes knowledge of the Arabic alphabet and how to read. In addition to lessons, the website includes a basic overview of the Arabic language in English, from its history to modern usage, and learning suggestions.

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Activity/Lab
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تفاعلية
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القراءة
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جامعة ميريلاند
Date Added:
11/06/2012
Story and Tale
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Story and Tale is a web site that contains around two hundred fifty short stories. The stories are divided into seven categories: old stories, love stories, comical stories, Islamic stories, social stories, purposeful/moral stories, and intellectual stories. Most of the stories are suitable for children and adolescents.

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Reading
Provider:
Story and Tale
Date Added:
10/14/2013
The Summary of Arabic Language Grammar
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The Summary of Arabic Language Grammar is a book that discusses all the rules governing the Arabic Language. The book contains 60 chapters; each one of them explains a particular grammatical concept. For each topic, several examples are given to clarify it. The book is entirely in Arabic and is made available via the Syrian Story website.

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Textbook
Provider:
Dar Al Fikr
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Virtual Audio-Video Archive
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The VAVA is a collecion of royalty-free audio and video files for teachers to use in their own creative exercises. We have also developed a small number of sample exercises that utilize material from the VAVA. The LCTL Project encourages teachers of all LCTLs to cooperate in developing new VAVA exercises using audio or video materials. Individual exercises might be very simple listening practice, or they might be more complex, integrating sounds, video clips into reading, writing, speaking and listening activities for students.The VAVA currently contains audio for the following languages: Arabic (Tunisa), Chinese (Mainland and Taiwan), Hebrew, Norwegian, Polish.

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Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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جامعة مينيسوتا
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مركز الأبحاث المتقدمة لاكتساب اللغات
Date Added:
01/23/2007
Wictionary in Arabic
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Wictionary is a free dictionary that gives definitions in 170 different languages. The dictionary only gives definitions within the language, not from language to language. Intended as a lexical companion to the encyclopedia project Wikipedia, Wictionary includes etymologies, pronunciations, quotations, synonyms, and antonyms where appropriate. Users can add definitions by creating an account. Certain words for Arabic also include masdars. An audio component is included for certain languages, Arabic not among them.

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Reading
Provider:
Wikimedia Foundation
Date Added:
10/14/2013
al-Waraq
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This website provides information on hundreds of Arabic books and documents, from 1,001 nights to the Qur'an to many other medieval Arabic scripts and texts. 1,001 nights includes an audio component. Users can search the site for a particular author or document, or they can search by category. The site is all in Arabic.

Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Electronic Village
Date Added:
10/14/2013