Arabic 101 : Alphabets and Sounds



This book is a contribution to face the challenge of teaching Arabic in the west. The structure of the book is organized in ascending levels. These levels were designed to provide solid understanding of the Arabic rules. The content includes alphabets, sounds, vowels, forming words, and forming sentences. Self study is an option but usage of the Audio and video material for each level along with the textbook is necessary. However, we recommend that this book is studied with a qualified Arabic language instructor. Availability of teaching material and resources plays a very important role in the teaching process. The Internet is considered an endless source of Arabic teaching material. This overwhelming amount of material can lead to distraction and therefore is ineffective in teaching Arabic properly. Most of the teaching material available provides no level sequence or methodology students can follow. In addition, even with excellent teaching material, learning language is an interactive process that requires a qualified instructor and much practice and repetition. Arabic language is a sophisticated language that is very specific which makes it slightly more difficult to learn. However, like many other languages, it has a logical structure where general rules apply to the majority of its words. “Practice makes perfect” is the key that all students are advised to keep in mind when studying Arabic. Organized study material is also essential to having an easy to track progress and to obtaining efficient results. For all the above mentioned reasons, this series was made: to teach the Arabic language in a gradual organized structure. A series of levels will cover different subjects; each level is a prerequisite for the next. There are three levels that will give the student a solid understanding of reading and writing Arabic: Arabic 101, Arabic 102, and Arabic 103. Each level is divided into sections to escort the student gradually through the class objectives. Arabic 101 is composed of two sections: The fist section covers reading and writing the alphabets. The second section covers sounds, short vowels, long vowels, word endings, pronunciation, and how they are used in writing. Arabic 102 covers joining letters to form words as well as how each letter looks at the beginning, middle, and end of a word. Example for each case will help to gain more vocabulary. Finally, Arabic 103 focuses on joining words to form complete meaningful sentences. It will also cover the structure of different types of sentences. This book is a humble endeavor to provide an organized methodological system to learning Arabic. It is an effort to put my Arabic teaching experience in the USA in the hand of any one needs it. At the end I recommend if possible studying this book in class with a qualified teacher. Along with this book, there are multimedia contents available at to assist you in your journey.


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