Languages

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Arabic Grammar Resources

Everything you need to know about Arabic grammar

A Guide to the Arabic Language

This website from the BBC introduces readers to the Arabic language.

Hebrew Cultural Orientation

Cultural Orientations from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center offer an engaging introduction to a given cultural group. Linguists and non-linguists alike will benefit from these interactive materials and pertinent language exchanges that are coupled with an objective and practical look at daily life in different contexts. Topics include religion, traditions, family life and differences in the lifestyles of urban and rural populations.

Persian-Farsi Cultural Orientation

Cultural Orientations from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center offer an engaging introduction to a given cultural group. Linguists and non-linguists alike will benefit from these interactive materials and pertinent language exchanges that are coupled with an objective and practical look at daily life in different contexts. Topics include religion, traditions, family life and differences in the lifestyles of urban and rural populations.

StudyArabic.com

StudyArabic.com is a free, community driven and supported portal that offers students and teachers a place to share and exchange information, advice, and resources related to learning the Arabic language

Al Jazeera News (multimedia)

This website from Al-Jazeera provides news stories at a level appropriate for Arabic language learners.

The Amazigh (Berber) Struggle: An Infographic (text)

An interactive infographic from AlJazeera detailing Amazigh cultural and political movements which have developed over time and demand everything from linguistic rights to full autonomy.

CultureTalk Arabic (video)

CultureTalk Iran (video)

A collection of short videos featuring young people from Iran speaking in Persian.

CultureTalk Turkey (video)

A collection of short videos featuring young people from Turkey speaking in Turkish.

Don’t Kill Your Language (video)

More and more, English is a global language; speaking it is perceived as a sign of being modern. But — what do we lose when we leave behind our mother tongues? Suzanne Talhouk makes an impassioned case to love your own language, and to cherish what it can express that no other language can. In Arabic with subtitles. (Filmed at TEDxBeirut.)

Foreigncy

Foreigncy provides intermediate to advanced Arabic, Persian and Hebrew students a daily tool to advance and maintain their language skills and awareness of events shaping the region.  Created by a a group of dedicated linguists and life long students that have lived and studied in the region and believe the only way to master our craft is to put in the elbow grease and actually study vocabulary found in current news articles on topics reported by regional sources.

Listen and Learn: Middle Eastern Languages and Culture (multimedia)

This website introduces students to Arabic (Modern Standard as well as Lebanese, Egyptian, Iraqi, and Moroccan dialects), Persian and Turkish languages through videos and activities.  Created by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies.

Al Jazeera News (multimedia)

This website from Al-Jazeera provides news stories at a level appropriate for Arabic language learners.

Al Masdar

This website, developed by the Qatar Foundation International, provides resources for students and teachers about Arabic language and culture.

Arabic Phone Conversations

The Phone Project series is a comprehensive resource for locating level and topic appropriate phone conversations. Value-added lesson plans and support materials provide beneficial tools for classroom use or self-study.

CultureTalk Arabic (video)

CultureTalk Iran (video)

A collection of short videos featuring young people from Iran speaking in Persian.

CultureTalk Turkey (video)

A collection of short videos featuring young people from Turkey speaking in Turkish.

Foreigncy

Foreigncy provides intermediate to advanced Arabic, Persian and Hebrew students a daily tool to advance and maintain their language skills and awareness of events shaping the region.  Created by a a group of dedicated linguists and life long students that have lived and studied in the region and believe the only way to master our craft is to put in the elbow grease and actually study vocabulary found in current news articles on topics reported by regional sources.

Lang Media Resources for World Languages

This website offers an extensive array of resources for learners of multiple Middle Eastern languages.

Listen and Learn: Middle Eastern Languages and Culture (multimedia)

This website introduces students to Arabic (Modern Standard as well as Lebanese, Egyptian, Iraqi, and Moroccan dialects), Persian and Turkish languages through videos and activities.  Created by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies.

Online Persian Language Resource

Online resource center with links to English-Persian dictionaries, language learning games, and more. Developed by the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona.

Online Persian Language Resources

Resources from the National Middle East Language Resource Center

Persian Online

The University of Texas at Austin is offering this free, web-based supplemental resource as a service to teachers and students of Persian everywhere, whether they work formally or informally, inside or outside of the classroom, in groups or individually.

psu logo editedThe Arabic Language

Though many other languages are spoken in the Arab World, the Arabic language serves as both a key identifier to membership in the Arab world as well as a metaphor for Arab identity as united and diverse. Arabic’s major dialect groups are: North African, Egyptian, Gulf Arabic, Levantine and Iraqi. Each of these dialect groups contains many subgroups, and has been impacted by geography, history, and even mass media. Earlier in the unit, students study the geography and political borders in the Arab world. In this lesson, they build on that knowledge to explain and understand the pattern of dialect groups.