Risala: The Arabic Learner’s Weblog

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

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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 22, 2007

Arabic Wiki-style Tutorial for Modern Standard!!!

Arabic Wiki

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!!!

www.FlashcardExchange.com

March 4, 2007

Download a great introductory Arabic grammar book!!!

A Hundred and One Rules!. . . . . Download It Below!!!

PDF Version

Word Version

HTML Version

Forget Arabic flashcards……Calkitaab.com is here!!!

 

 

Calkitaab.com puts Vocabulary Active Recall easily within the Arabic Learners Reach. . . . .

I have been using http://www.calkitaab.com a link which was provided throughout he Web CT course website and have found it to be an amazing resource. Its learning modules are incredible even if the site looks quite simple at first glance. I asked some classmates if they were using it and most of them had not hear of it or used it. So i thought if i conveyed to you my experience with it then maybe you could pass this on to the rest of the class (if y ou think it would benefit them as much as me).

First off, the site pays special attention to “active recall” which is great. As the student learns more and more words the site also will send s/he a daily email reminder of the “Daily Review” which is very helpful for vocabulary retention because the student does not have to “remember” which words to review the site takes on this responsibility.

Secondly, the website has audio for many of the words, which is helpful for pronunciation.

 

Thirdly, and this is an IMPORTANT ONE:-) the site keeps track of how well a student knows each word in its “familiarity index” of sorts. Which a student can reset at anytime for a particular word. Also, once a student has a certain minimum of words under his/her belt, thenthe site adds a “SENTENCE BUILDING MODULE” in which the student is given 3 words and asked to put them

into a sentence. After submittal the student receives a feedback message that tells them what is anything is wrong with their grammar etc. (ex gender agreement). As a student I highly recommend this website for vocabulary learning and retention…it makes it simple and almost fun to memorize vocabulary which is usually every students least favorite learning activity.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention. I found that the sentence building activity was especially helpful for vocabulary learning because it forced me to think of 3 specific words in context…and what better a context for memorization facilitation than one made up by the student him/herself that makes sense to them and is intuitive. I have a Mac so an arabic key-layout came with my computer…however even though most of the activities on the site do not require the Arabic typeset, its sentence building feature does, and the website provides adequate information for Windows users who would like to Arabicize their key-layout to use this feature.

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