Arabic

An Afro-Asiatic language and the chief member of the Semitic branch, spoken by over 200 million people in some 20 countries of northern Africa and south-eastern Asia and by sizeable émigré communities in many other countries. It is also widely used throughout the Islamic world.

The earliest attested inscriptions date from the 4th century and by the 9th century Classical Arabic was fully established as the linguistic medium for learning and literature. At the same time it also became the language of the Koran and the sacred language of Islam that has remained largely unchanged to the present, differing from Modern Standard Arabic mainly in style and vocabulary. Spoken Arabic, however, has developed into a variety of regional dialects differing considerably.

The language is spelt is the Arabic alphabet, containing 28 letters written from right to left. It is a consonantal alphabet, derived from Aramaic, used by a vast number of other languages, such as Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Swahili, Malay and over a hundred others.


CLASSIFICATION = Afro-Asiatic family , SCRIPT = Arabic

Modern Standard Arabic Courses

Modern Standard Arabic - Basic
Ahlan wa Sahlan : functional modern standard Arabic for beginners AR(MSA) CBEG 2(PACK)
Arabic for life : a textbook for beginning Arabic AR(MSA) CBEG 5(PACK)
Complete Arabic (Teach yourself) AR(MSA) CBEG 3(PACK)
Essential Arabic: living language AR(MSA) CBEG 7(PACK)
Lughatuna al-fusha : Book one Lughatuna al-fusha : Book one AR(MSA) CBEG 1(PACK)
Mastering Arabic 1 : the complete course for beginners [New ed.] AR(MSA) CBEG 4(PACK)
Read and speak Arabic for beginners AR(MSA) CBEG 6(PACK)
al-Takallum : al-kitāb alāwwal AR(MSA) CBEG 8(PACK)
Modern Standard Arabic - Intermediate
Intermediate Arabic: living language AR(MSA) CINT 6(PACK)
Lughatuna al-fuṣḥa : a new course in modern standard Arabic : book two AR(MSA) CINT 1; AR (MSA) CINT 1(DVD-ROM)
Lughatuna al-fuṣḥa : a new course in modern standard Arabic : book three AR(MSA) CINT 2(PACK)
Mastering Arabic 2 : the complete second level course AR(MSA) CINT 3(PACKS 1-2)
Standard Arabic : an elementary - intermediate course -- revised English edition AR(MSA) CINT 4; AR(MSA) CINT 4:1-2(CD)
Your Arabic friend AR(MSA) CINT 5(PACK)
Modern Standard Arabic - Advanced
Advanced Arabic: living language AR(MSA) CADV 2(PACK)
Lughatuna al-fuṣḥa : a new course in modern standard Arabic : book four AR(MSA) CADV 1(PACK)

Regional Arabic

Egyptian Arabic
Alif baa with DVDs : introduction to Arabic letters and sounds AR EGY 5; AR EGY 5(PACKS 1-2)
Al-Kitaab fii ta'allum al-'Arabiyya, with DVDs = A textbook for beginning Arabic, part one. 2nd ed. AR EGY 8; AR EGY 8(PACKS 1-2)
Al-Kitaab fii ta'allum al-'Arabiyya = A textbook for beginning Arabic, part one. 3rd ed. AR EGY 9(PACK)
Al-kitaab fii ta 'allum al-'arabiyya = A textbook for Arabic with DVDs. Part 2 AR EGY 10; AR EGY 10(PACKS 1-2)
Al-kitaab fii ta 'allum al-'arabiyya = A textbook for Arabic : Part 3 AR EGY 11(PACKS 1-2)
'Arabi Liblib : Egyptian colloquial Arabic for the advanced learner. 1: adjectives and descriptions AR EGY 17
'Arabi Liblib : Egyptian colloquial Arabic for the advanced learner 2: proverbs AR EGY 18
'Arabi Liblib : Egyptian colloquial Arabic for the advanced learner 3: idioms and other expressions AR EGY 15
Colloquial Arabic of Egypt : the complete course for beginners AR EGY 4(PACK)
Egyptian Arabic voices AR EGY 24
Egyptian colloquial Arabic verbs AR EGY 12(PACK)
Egyptian colloquial Arabic vocabulary AR EGY 26
Kalaam Gamiil : an intensive course in Egyptian Arabic : Volume 1 AR EGY 13
Kalaam Gamiil : an intensive course in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic : Volume 2 AR EGY 14(PACK)
Kallimni 'Arabi bisweesh : a beginners' course in spoken Egyptian Arabic : 1 AR EGY 19(PACK)
Kallimni 'Arabi : an intermediate course in spoken Egyptian Arabic [2] AR EGY 20(PACK)
Kallimni 'Arabi Aktar : an intermediate course in spoken Egyptian Arabic 3 AR EGY 21(PACK)
Kallimni 'Arabi Mazboot : an early advanced course in spoken Egyptian Arabic 4 AR EGY 22(PACK)
Kallimni 'Arabi fi Kull Haaga : a higher advanced course in spoken Egyptian Arabic 5 AR EGY 23(PACK)
Kullu tamām! : An introduction to Egyptian colloquial Arabic AR EGY 16(PACK)
Mido in Egyptian Arabic AR EGY 25
Gulf Arabic
Colloquial Arabic of the Gulf: the complete course for beginners AR GULF 1(PACK)
Complete Spoken Arabic of the Gulf AR GULF 2(PACK)
Conversational Arabic quick and easy Saudi (Hijazi) dialect AR GULF 3
Iraqi Arabic
Beginner's Iraqi Arabic with 2 audio cds : an introduction to the spoken language of Iraq AR IRAQI 4(PACK)
Levantine (Syrian) Arabic
Breakthrough Arabic AR LEVANT 5(PACKS 1-2)
Colloquial Arabic (Levantine) : The complete course for beginners AR LEVANT 1(PACK)
Eastern Arabic : An introduction to Palestinian Arabic AR LEVANT 2
Levantine colloquial Arabic vocabulary AR LEVANT 8
Quickstart Arabic AR LEVANT 6(PACKS 1-2)[†]
Shou fi ma fi? : intermediate Levantine Arabic AR LEVANT 4
Talk Arabic AR LEVANT 7(PACKS 1-2)[†]
Moroccan Arabic
L'Arabe marocain de poche AR MOROC 2(PACK)
A basic course in Moroccan Arabic : with MP3 files AR MOROC 3(PACK)
Moroccan Arabic : Shnoo the hell is going on H'naa? AR MOROC 4
Palestinian Arabic
Colloquial Palestinian Arabic : an introduction to the spoken dialect AR PALEST 1(PACK)
Sudanese Arabic
Sudanese Arabic-English English-Sudanese Arabic : A concise dictionary AR SUDAN DICO 1
The sound of Sudan AR SUDAN 2:1-2(CD)
Miscellaneous
An-nafura : A1 AR(Misc) CBEG 1(PACK)
Ultimate Arabic : beginner-intermediate AR(Misc) CBEG 2(PACK)

Dictionaries

Bilingual visual dictionary : [Arabic/English] AR DICO 5
Collins pocket Arabic dictionary AR DICO 8
A dictionary of Modern written Arabic AR DICO 9
The Georgetown dictionary of Iraqi Arabic : Arabic-English English-Arabic AR IRAQI 1
Oxford Arabic dictionary : Arabic-English • English-Arabic AR DICO 10
Oxford-Duden pictorial English dictionary with English-Arabic index / English Arabic index AR DICO 4
The Oxford English-Arabic dictionary of current usage AR DICO 2
Oxford essential Arabic dictionary : English-Arabic / Arabic-English AR DICO 7
Oxford Wordpower [Oxford Wordpower dictionary for Arabic-speaking learners of English] AR DICO 3
The Usborne first thousand words in Arabic : with easy pronunciation guide AR DICO 6

Documentaries & Reference

5 Broken cameras AR DOCU 4(DVD)*
Edward Said : the last interview AR DOCU 1a(DVD)
Edward Said : the last interview AR DOCU 1(DVD)*
Hãdhãhuwa [Interviews with authors] AR DOCU 3(DVD)
The Lebanese Rocket Society AR DOCU 6(DVD)*
Primary Arabic : life and language AR DOCU 5(DVD)
The Qur'an AR DOCU 2(DVD)
Reference
Understanding Arabs AR REF 1

Exam Practice

Test your Arabic. Part 1, beginner level AR EXAM 1

Films

Abouna : our father AR FILM 28(DVD)*
Atash HE FILM 22(DVD)*
Le destin AR FILM 25(DVD)*
Le grand voyage AR FILM 20(DVD)*
Ha-Kala ha-surit HE FILM 21(DVD)*
Muhammad (the last prophet) AR FILM 21:1(DVD)*; AR FILM 21:2(CD)*
A screaming man FR FILM 211(DVD)*
Theeb AR FILM 27(DVD)*
Wadjda AR FILM 4(DVD)*
Films set in Egypt
Afrita Hanem AR FILM 6(DVD)*
Ajami AR FILM 23(DVD)*
Ayam El-Sadat AR FILM 9(DVD)*
Du'á' al-karawán AR FILM 12(DVD)*
Fí baytiná rajul AR FILM 13(DVD)*
Hassan wa Nayima AR FILM 8(DVD)*
Seraa fil Nil AR FILM 7(DVD)*
The square AR FILM 22(DVD)*
Thartharah fawq al-Nil AR FILM 5(DVD)*
A woman of a bad reputation AR FILM 10(DVD)*
Winter of discontent AR FILM 3(DVD)*
The Yacoubian building AR FILM 11(DVD)*
Films set in Gaza
The idol AR FILM 29(DVD)*
Films set in Iraq
Ahlaam AR FILM 18(DVD)*
Films set in Jordan
When I saw you AR FILM 26(DVD)*
Films set in Lebanon
Caramel AR FILM 2(DVD)*
Incendies AR FILM 30(DVD)*
West Beyrouth AR FILM 31(DVD)*
Where do we go now? AR FILM 1(DVD)*
Films set in Morocco
A thousand months AR FILM 17(DVD)*
Films set in Palestine
Bab el-chams AR FILM 15:1-2(DVD)*
Omar AR FILM 24(DVD)*
Yadon ilaheyya :a chronicle of love and pain AR FILM 14(DVD)*
Films set in Tunisia
Fatma AR FILM 16(DVD)*

Grammar

Arabic grammar made easy : book one AR GRAM 6
Arabic grammar unravelled AR GRAM 10
Arabic for nerds AR GRAM 17
501 Arabic verbs AR GRAM 11
Arabic verbs and essentials of grammar AR GRAM 8
The connectors in Modern Standard Arabic AR GRAM 4
English grammar for students of Arabic : the study guide for those learning Arabic AR GRAM 16
Gateway to Arabic : Verb conjugation flash cards : Set one: form one verbs AR GRAM 5
A grammar of Classical Arabic AR CLASSIC 1
An Introduction to Koranic and Classical Arabic ; and accompanying grammar and key to exercises AR CLASSIC 2; AR CLASSIC 2a
Mastering Arabic grammar AR GRAM 9
Modern Written Arabic : a comprehensive grammar AR GRAM 7
Modern standard Arabic grammar : a concise guide AR GRAM 14
Modern standard Arabic grammar : a learner's guide AR GRAM 3
al-Murshid : a guide to modern standard Arabic grammar for the Intermediate level AR GRAM 13(PACK)
A new Arabic grammar of the written language AR GRAM 15
A reference grammar of modern standard Arabic AR GRAM 2
A reference grammar of Syrian Arabic : with audio CD AR LEVANT 3(PACK)
A short reference grammar of Iraqi Arabic AR IRAQI 1
A short reference grammar of Moroccan Arabic AR MOROC 1(PACK)
Speed up your Arabic : strategies to avoid common errors AR GRAM 12
A student grammar of modern standard Arabic AR GRAM 1

Listening, Speaking and Vocabulary

Listening
Arabic voices 1 : authentic listening and reading practice in Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial dialects AR LSKILLS 1
Focus on contemporary Arabic AR(MSA) LSKILLS 1(PACK)
Speaking
Introduction to spoken standard Arabic : a conversational course on DVD. Part 1 AR(MSA) SSKILLS 1(PACK)
Introduction to spoken standard Arabic : a conversational course on DVD. Part 2 AR(MSA) SSKILLS 2(PACK)
Speak Arabic with confidence AR(MSA) SSKILLS 3(PACK)
Vocabulary
Apricots tomorrow AR VOCAB 4
Build your Arabic vocabulary AR VOCAB 3(PACK)
How to learn and memorize Arabic vocabulary AR VOCAB 6
Internet Arabic AR VOCAB 5
Iraqi phrasebook : The essential guide for contemporary Iraq AR IRAQI 3
Media Arabic : an essential vocabulary (2 copies) AR MEDIA 2
Using Arabic : a guide to contemporary usage AR VOCAB 1
Using Arabic synonyms AR VOCAB 2

Reading

Reading - Fiction
Arabic stories for English learners : Traditional Middle Eastern tales in Arabic and English AR RFICT 1(PACK)
Easy Arabic reader : a three-part text for beginning students AR RFICT 2
First Arabic reader for beginners : bilingual for speakers of English AR RFICT 6
Modern Arabic short stories : a bilingual reader AR RFICT 3
A reader of modern Arabic short stories AR RFICT 4
The train heading up to Baghdad AR RFICT 5(PACK)
Reading Skills
Building Arabic vocabulary through reading : For advanced students of MSA AR RSKILLS 1
Egyptian Arabic diaries : Reading and listening practice in authentic spoken Arabic AR RSKILLS 2
Egyptian Arabic diaries : Reading and listening practice in authentic spoken Arabic AR RSKILLS 3
Learn to read Arabic in 5 days AR RSKILLS 4
Read and write Arabic script AR WSKILLS 12

Specific Purposes

Business
Arabic today : a student, business and professional course in spoken and written Arabic AR BUSI 1(PACK)
Business Arabic (Advanced level) : Authentic texts & audiovisual materials AR BUSI 3
Business Arabic : An essential vocabulary AR BUSI 2
Cinema
Arab cinema : history and cultural identity AR CINE 1
Classical and Koranic Arabic
An introduction to Koranic and Classical Arabic AR CLASSIC 2; AR CLASSIC 2a
Media
The Arab news : Arabic-English reader for intermediate students, with exercises and key AR MEDIA 5(PACKS 1-2)
Internet Arabic AR MEDIA 1(PACK)
Media Arabic : a coursebook for reading Arabic news AR MEDIA 3
A week in the Middle East : An Arabic language reader, with tapes, exercises and key AR MEDIA 4(PACKS 1-2)
Medical Arabic
Hitti's pocket medical dictionary : English - Arabic AR MED 1
Arabic for English speaking medics AR MED 2
Translation
Thinking Arabic translation : a course in translation method : Arabic to English AR TRANS 1
Thinking Arabic translation : tutor's handbook AR TRANS 1a

Writing

Alif baa with DVDs : introduction to Arabic letters and sounds AR EGY 5; AR EGY 5a; AR EGY 5:1-2(DVD)
Arabic today : a student, business and professional course in spoken and written Arabic AR BUSI 1; AR BUSI 1(CD)
Gateway to Arabic: Book 1
Gateway to Arabic: Book 2
Gateway to Arabic: Book 3
Gateway to Arabic: Book 4
Gateway to Arabic: Book 5
Gateway to Arabic: Book 6
Gateway to Arabic: Book 7
AR WSKILLS 1(PACK)
AR WSKILLS 2(PACK)
AR WSKILLS 3(PACK)
AR WSKILLS 4
AR WSKILLS 5
AR WSKILLS 6
AR WSKILLS 7
The Arabic alphabet : how to read and write it AR WSKILLS 16
How to write in Arabic AR WSKILLS 10
Mastering Arabic script : a guide to handwriting AR WSKILLS 9
Read and write Arabic script AR WSKILLS 12
Uktub al-'arabiya, beginner writing skills in modern standard Arabic AR WSKILLS 13
Uktub al-'arabiya, intermediate writing skills in modern standard Arabic AR WSKILLS 14
Uktub al-'arabiya, advanced writing skills in modern standard Arabic AR WSKILLS 15
Write it in Arabic : a workbook and step-by-step guide to writing the Arabic alphabet AR WSKILLS 11