This site from the BBC hosts a brief primer on the Arabic language. It discusses such topics as where the language is spoke, where it came from, and tips on etiquette. The guide also includes interesting examples of the Arabic language, such as tongue twisters, jokes, and famous quotations.
This page contains a list of all the letters in the Arabic alphabet, organized in seven groups. Users can listen to a native speaker read the names of the letters online or download the clips for home use. Users can also print out selected letters. The site also lists information about writing in Arabic, including the short vowel system, joining the Arabic letters together, and the names for symbols commonly used in email addresses.
This is a list of twenty survival phrases in Arabic. They are all transliterated as well as written in Arabic script, and are meant for the very beginner. The website includes a printable page for all 20 phrases as well as a downloadable MP3 file with all of the spoken phrases. It is intended those who are going abroad to the Middle East and wish to have a survival list.
The site is a colorful and interactive imaginary recreation of Leonardo da Vinci's studio. Users can click on 12 items for more information. Produced by BBCi/Open University, this site is part of a large collection of materials on da Vinci.
The BBC's brief guide on the Arabic language includes 4 different sections including facts about the language, a list of 20 key phrases with audio files, a section on the alphabet with audio files, and a group of videos, although the videos are not available in the US. The Arabic used in the words and phrases is MSA. The page's text can be viewed in English or Arabic.
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