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Writing and pronouncing Arabic

learn the logic of Arabic while mastering writing and pronunciation


About this course

How many times have I heard people say “learning to write in Arabic must be very difficult”…
I have good news for you: learning to write Arabic is a piece of cake. In fact, learning to write is the easiest thing in the language.

In this course you will learn how to write all the letters of the Arabic alphabet (or rather abjad¹) and how to pronounce them. The other good news is that Arabic pronunciation is also very easy: what you write is what you pronounce, one letter equals one and only one sound.

Since each letter is spelled differently depending on whether it is at the beginning, middle or end of the word, you will learn between 3 and 4 words for each letter and thus build up a useful vocabulary to start communicating. At the end of the course you will be able to read many signs and signals on your next visit to the Arab world²

A different language represents an invisible wall that keeps us away from the “other” even if we don’t want it, so get ready to tear down the wall with this course!

1. The term alphabet comes from the Greek ἀλφάβετον (alphabeton), derived from the first two Greek letters ἄλφα (alpha, α) and βῆτα .
The term abecedarium comes from the Latin abecedarium (abecedārium), itself formed from the first four letters of the Latin alphabet: A, B, C and D.
The term abyad from Arabic أﺑﺠﺪ (abjad) derives from the first letters of the historical Arabic alphabet (and not its current version, which groups letters according to their graphic form): ʾalif- أ, bāʾ ب -, jīm ج – and dāl د – which form the acronym abjad.

2. The Arab World is made up of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Meanwhile, there are six sovereign states where Arabic is a national language or “recognized minority language”, such as Turkey, Niger, Iran, Senegal and Mali. According to 2023 data, about 347 million people speak Arabic, making it the 5th most spoken language in the world.

What you will learn

  • Introduction to the course
  • The logic of Arabic: Arabic root system
  • Vowels: their spelling and pronunciation
  • Consonants: their spelling and pronunciation
  • Extra material for reference

Your instructor

Alessandra Abusada

My name is Alessandra Abusada and my hobby is learning languages. Among all the languages I have studied, Arabic is my favorite. Its writing, its sounds, its structure, fascinates me. I don’t know if my favoritism is due to the fact that my four grandparents spoke Arabic (they were born in Palestine) and by learning it I recovered a part of me. Who knows? The truth is that since I was a child I felt a special attraction to the Arabic language. However, I did not venture to study it until my mid-thirties. I thought it would be too difficult to learn a language with an alphabet and logic so different from Spanish, that I couldn’t, that I didn’t have the time, that it would be frustrating, and I don’t know how many other negative ideas crossed my mind.

It was only in November 2010 that I went to Palestine with the intention of starting my basic Arabic studies. The trip, which was to last 45 days, turned into 5 years. During that time I got to learn Arabic. I put in a lot of hours and effort, went through periods of good progress and long months of stagnation. In retrospect I think I could have done better. There are ways and ways to learn. Order matters. Not feeling overwhelmed matters. Not judging yourself is paramount. But most of all, flow and have fun in the process. With this basic writing and pronunciation course I hope to help break the mental barrier; writing and speaking Arabic is not difficult, it is a wonderful world worth exploring.

My dad used to tell me “learning Arabic is a lifelong project” and he was right. You never finish learning. But that’s the beauty of it. Arabic is a lifelong companion – let’s start learning it, yalla!¹

1. Yalla is a very common Arabic expression meaning “let’s go” or “hurry up”. It is an abbreviation of Ya Allah! which means Oh God!

Frequent questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends. It is a completely self-paced online course: you decide when it starts and when it ends.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After you enroll, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you want – across any and all devices you own.

Do you offer personal language classes?

If you would like more information, please contact me.

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