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!!!

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