Beginner to Intermediate (ILR levels 0+ to 2)

  • Wikipedia - Arabic Language
    Introduction and overview in English of the Arabic language.
  • Arabic Writing System
    A collection of useful phrases in Arabic. Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.
  • Virtual Arabic Keyboard
    Useful tool that allows one to type in Arabic using mouse and then do directed searches in Google, Yahoo, YouTube, etc.
  • Google Translate
    Translate a word, a phrase, or a document from Arabic to English or reverse. Far from perfect but getting better all the time. Word level much better than phrase or text.
  • Arabic for Beginners
    A beginners Arabic program in a word-of-the-day downloadable Calendar format.
  • Arabic Online
    A "free website that aims to provide as much as possible comprehensive information on the Arabic language and its grammar."
  • Arabic Without Walls
    15 Chapters: An introductory distance-learning Arabic course funded by FIPSE (P116B030526) and developed by the UC Consortium for Language Learning & Teaching, The National Middle East Language Resource Center at Brigham Young University and Near Eastern Studies Department at UC Berkeley.
  • News in Simplified Arabic
    A project of the National Capital Language Resource Center: "The News in Simplified Arabic is posted to the web twice monthly and delivers a survey of the previous two weeks' news in simplified standard Arabic. Listeners of Voice of America's "Special English" broadcasts will recognize the slightly slower rate of speech and textual redundancy which characterize these webcasts."
  • LangMedia Arabic Materials
    Description: The Five College Arabic Course Guides include study guides for students, guides for conversation partners, and links to supplementary materials. The guides follow the Al-Kitaab Arabic Series from Georgetown University Press. Also guides and audio and video materials for colloquial Levantine.
  • A Hundred and One Rules!
    From above LangMedia site, a short Arabic reference grammar created by Professor Mahammed Jiyad of Mount Holyoke College; available for download in Word Doc or PDF Format (recommended!)

Intermediate to Advanced (ILR levels 2 to 3 and higher)

  • Joint Language University
    An extensive NCS-managed language training portal available to USG and military only through account registration. Resources include SCOLA products: news broadcasts, news archives, and the Insta-Classes – a variety of exercise based on broadcasts.
  • DLIFLC Language Products
    Developed by the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) for military linguists, this website has some excellent sustainment materials; note in particular, Arabic materials in GLOSS which contains over 480 Arabic reading and listening comprehension exercises; and Weekly Training Events, which has close to 60 Arabic. See also Post Basic Delivery System for Arabic materials - unlike other DLIFLC online products this site requires Registration.
  • Arabic Language Lessons
    "Website dedicated to the book “All The Arabic You Never Learned The First Time Around” by James M. Price.... James Price's clear, concise, and “no-nonsense” approach to learning Arabic was (and still is) refreshing in a world where students are ever-increasingly trying to find easier ways to get results. His message throughout this book is that if you want to learn Arabic, you will have to work hard, there is simply no “silver bullet” in mastering the language."
  • Arabic Dialect Tutorial
    From Columbia University, provides basic informaiton for working with Arabic and its dialects.
  • Wikipedia - Arabic Edition
    Over 90K articles. Use not only as a reference but also as a resource for reading materials – enter topic and you get a nice article written in perfect Arabic. Most articles are at ILR 2 to 3 levels; you can also link to English language versions to facilitate and speed up comprehension and minimize use of working aids. Important: Wikipedia contents are copyright free (see Creative Commons guidelines for details.)

Advanced Resources, Media, and Dictionaries

  • Google.com Preset for Arabic Language
    The Google search engine has been preset for you to search the Internet using Arabic. Also ideal for target language lexical and contextual searches and other language-oriented uses. Requires Arabic fonts. (From above: Virtual Arabic Keyboard)
  • Al Jazeera Arabic
    Leading Arabic media site.
  • Squid TV - Middle East
    TV streaming from major stations in Arabic speaking nations; also links to major newpapers.
  • Alhurra
    "Alhurra (Arabic for “The Free One”) is a commercial-free Arabic language satellite television network for the Middle East devoted primarily to news and information... Alhurra is operated by non-profit corporation “The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc,” which receives this funding from the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent and autonomous federal agency.
  • Deutsche Welle - Arabic
    "Deutsche Welle is Germany's international broadcaster: online, on-screen and over the air. It provides a European perspective to audiences around the world and promotes intercultural dialogue."
  • BBC World News - Middle East
    This link to BBC World News is preset to Middle East. Link here to Arabic Language Edition of BBC.
  • Arabic Media
    Links to online newspapers, radio and TV, movies, video clips, songs, etc.
  • Arabic Websites
    Arabic Speaking Countries
  • Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty - Iraq
    Latest news reports in English and Iraqi Arabic.
  • Google Translate
    Set for Arabic <> English. Spanish, and many other languages.
  • Sakhr Online Dictionary
    Recommended as one of the better Arabic <> English, German, Turkish, and French. online dictionary.
  • Arabic-English Dictionaries - Lexicool.com
    Provides links to numerous online Arabic <> English dictionaries.