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Why learn ArabicArabic is the first language of more than 300 million people according to sources such as WorldData.info, and it is an official language in more than 20 countries. In 14 of these, all in the Middle East and North Africa, it is the sole official language. It is also spoken as a second or additional language by several hundred million people throughout the world. It is the language of the Quran. There are several major dialects or variants of the language, the main ones in terms of numbers of speakers in the modern era being Egyptian and Maghrebi. Arabic culture is rich and diverse. Study of Arabic provides insight into traditions and beliefs of Islam, the religion with the second-largest number of adherents in the world and a significant global presence, including the Australasian region.
Guides, online courses and tutorial resourcesThese are listed alphabetically.
- Duo Lingo Learn Arabic – "Bite-sized Arabic lessons. Fun, effective, and 100% free".
- Arabic 101 – This site is designed as a starting point for people who want to learn more about the Arabic language.
- Arabic Pod 101 – This is another resource, distinct from the one listed above. There are two types of signup: free or premium. "Short Audio & Video Lessons for Fast and Easy Learning."
- Linguanaut Arabic Phrases – Arabic Phrases and Common Sentences.
- Linguanaut Learn Arabic – This page includes information about Arabic dialects, including Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), which the writer describes as the "common dialect". There is also advice on learning to read Arabic script.
- Livelingua – This website offers a range of Arabic courses, ebooks and audio files.
- Mango Languages – This site offers learning resources for Egyptian, Iraqi, Levantine and Modern Standard versions of Arabic. Subscription access is available through the Canberra Public Library Service.
- Omniglot Arabic – Omniglot describes itself as "the online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages". This page includes a summary of Arabic script, and audio links illustrating how to pronounce Arabic letters. Other pages accessible from the navigation bar on this page include phrases and numbers in Modern Standard Arabic.
ReferenceOnline sources to look up words and phrases – a quick option is to run a Google search with the required expression in English followed by the words "in Arabic", eg accommodation in Arabic, then select from sources (some of which also provide an audio version of the Arabic) such as the ones listed below (listed here alphabetically).
- Bab.la Arabic – Type in the word you would like to translate into the search field.
- Cambridge English-Arabic Dictionary – Type the expression to be translated into the search field. Use the toggle to select English-Arabic or Arabic-English.
- Lexilogos Arabic Dictionary. Lexilogos self-describes as a "comprehensive set of resources for the study of the languages of the world".
- Systran online translation – This uses Systran machine translation technology for translation between languages.
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