Risala: The Arabic Learner’s Weblog

August 6, 2007

Learn to read and Arabic Newspaper with WordChamp.com’s WebReader…also…

Filed under: Uncategorized — muhammad aziiz palmer @ 3:37 pm

Follow this link to give WordChamp.com’s WebReader a test drive!!! Enjoy;-)


May 23, 2007

SCREENSHOTS of: Brand New Multi-Lingual Search Feature: Very AWESOME…..read-on….awesom new tool NOTHING YET LIKE IT

Google Multi-Lingual Search <——–< THIS LINK TAKES YOU RIGHT TO THE ACTION….see for yourself!!!

New Multi-Lingual Search Interface brought to you by GOOGLE TRANSLATE

Google Multi-Lingual Search  <——–< THIS LINK TAKES YOU RIGHT TO THE ACTION….see for yourself!!!

Google Translate has a BRAND NEW Multi-lingual Search Interface…..It is on a second TAB just added to the old Google Translate Page

This entry containst Screen Shots of the news feature….BUT ALSO the background info on what else is like it and why it is unique…I’m so glad that I WAITED until NOW to write a post about Babelplex.com Multi-Lingual Search because is also used the Google Search API for its service. So what is so special about these two services and expecially Googles New MULTI-Lingual Auto Search:

Here are the screenshots: I’m going to add the extra into later I just wanted to get the GREAT NEWS to YOU, my readers ASAP, so here you go!!! Enjoy!!!

Where:  2nd TAb—–>   http://google.com/translate_s?hl=en

How Google Translate’s Multi Lingual Search Interface Works!!! Explained by Google Right on the PageThe Big Picture….uhhhh…i mean screenshot;)


The Big Picture….uhhhh…i mean screenshot;)

April 25, 2007

aziizkeez v4.0…an Arabic Qwerty keyboard layout for Students & Educators

Filed under: Uncategorized — muhammad aziiz palmer @ 1:33 am

Download aziizkeez v4.0 for WINDOWS

Download aziizkeez v4.0 for MAC

aziizkeez is:

  • Intuitive…..i.e. fatha & fathatan and kasra & kasratan positioning (and much more)
  • Tested….my Arabic TA couldn’t believe how fast i could type notes in class
  • to be continued….(cuz it is 2:30 am)

April 1, 2007

Finding Arabic Multi-Media: University Teaching Materials, Arabic News Archives, & More!

Here is the thing…..you know how sometimes you run across an old class website from some DOT—>edu, that looked really promising in the search results pages but low and behold…..you get there and :(( all the links on the site are dead, broken, useless!!! Well, don’t lose all hope…..because sometimes…..just sometimes—the “Internet Wayback Machine” aka The Internet Archive comes to the rescue……check it out sometime it may just come in handy for like it has for me!!!

Ok…..now i’ll get right to it……i’ve been working on one of those Google Custom Search Engines for a number of topics in Arabic….however they don’t work as well as I hoped thanks to Big Brother (aka Scrooge MacGOOG). Any way……tell me if you like the the type of content that you find in this post and I’ll add more like it in the future?

I didn’t find Google very helpful for finding a lot of the Content I was looking for……so I had to branch out a lil…… MetaCrawler Video Search: keywords: Arabic Site:edu. I had a problem though…..i hate it when awesome educational material once available to ALL…….get stashed behind some password protected Intellectual Fort Knox…..and that is where The Internet Archive comes in:-)

The following is an example of a broken link……hiding on the Wayback Machine: Wisconsin’s Al-Kitaab Materials (oldies but goodies)

Here is more Al-Kitaab….and if you ever find that this link goes bad……it is prolly on the Way Back Machine too (just like the one above)!

Don’t forget the three links in the post preceding this one:)

Those two (along with all the ones i’m not listing from MetaCrawler whose links do work) will have do for now…..i’m a bit tired…….i’ll have more if people like this type of thing….otherwise…..i dunno…Enjoy!!!

P.S. ~ If you didn’t take my word for it before…….ima ganna say it again…..the best thing you’ll ever do for your Arabic……is read the paper EVERYDAY…..using noneother than the Assistance of Google’s URL MACHINE TRANSLATION TOOL (not the copy past tool, full page html translation is the only one that works you’ll understand why if you take the trouble to use it)

till next time…..masalama

March 31, 2007

Use These Links (to Google Search Results Pages) to find Arabic Audio and Video Content from Al-Jazeera etc…

Click on the links below in order to find find archived audio & video content in Arabic from Aljazeera.net, BBCArabic.com, & arabic.cnn.com!!! The links will take you to the appropriate Google query results pages, so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the Arabic with just a click of your mouse! JUST CLICK on the LOGO LINKS below!!!

March 23, 2007

Windows XP & Typing Arabic on a PC…What to do if you don’t have a MAC;-(

First of all it is my recommendation to all those Arabic Learners out there that want to get started with typing Arabic, get a Mac…i mean you don’t see all those reporters in Iraq with Mac’s because they look cool….anyway….As you probably know by now…Mac’s make Arabic keyboarding a cinche. I mean, the standard Arabic Keylayout is literally “STANDARD” meaning pre-installed…and if you want to modify the Mac Qwerty or even Standard Keylayout then all you need is Ukelele (described on a previous posting, see below).

Ok….enought of that….i’m sorry i went on so long about that Mac VS. PC stuff………but the point i’m trying to make is…….this is an area where IT REALLY DOES MAKE A DIFF WHICH ONE YOU GOT:-)

If you are a PC “buff” or if you are stuck with a PC, and still can’t keep yourself away from Unicode Scripts like Arabic: Then follow this link!!! You’ll be doing this stuff like this: أنا أُحِبُّ ماكينتَوش ولُغَةِ العَرَبيةِ in no time!!! Especially if you go with a QWERTY setup. And of course the Qwerty setup i recommend most…..is aziizkeez (you can download the latest version below). Reach all the most important haraket/tashkeel without HITTING SHIFT….I call it “Qwerty for Educators and Students” cuz I don’t think anyone else almost ever uses all those cool looking vowels….enjoy here is the link to get you PC people in the game;-)







al-Husein N. Madhany

The University of Chicago (Graduate Student)

The above article is now available as a POWER POINT presentation!!! ALSO the both links are as of NOW UP TO DATE…..meaning if you downloaded it before…..it might be worth a another shot.


aziizkeez_v2_2……..UPDATED keylayout……for Mac


March 22, 2007

Arabic Wiki-style Tutorial for Modern Standard!!!

Arabic Wiki

The Amazing Automatic Arabic Verb Conjugator!!!

Acon Verb Conjugator

March 19, 2007

FlashcardExchange.com if you want Arabic Flashcards…here they are!!!

I’ll add more about my experience with this sight soon…however, i have finals this week…but i thought i’d go ahead and pass on this great resource!!!


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