Risala: The Arabic Learner’s Weblog

March 22, 2007

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!!!


March 4, 2007

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.

March 2, 2007

aziizkeez. . . . . . . my Arabic-QWERTY keylayout;-)

I have a Mac. . . . which means my computer has a natural nack for Arabic typsets, it comes with both a Standard Arabic Keylayout and Mac’s own version of Arabic-QWERTY. Lets start with Standard. This is the kind of thing you might find an Al-Jazeera reporter equipped with, it is the REAL thing (مِن اصلِ عربيّ), of coures it bares little resemblance to a QWERTY set-up but that is the point it was developed (i hope) for efficiency with the native Arabic speaker in mind. However, like “organic milk” real isn’t always better!!! Atleast not for us native-english-typists out there that just so happen to be Arabic Learners too. This is where Arabic-QWERTY comes in. . . it’s an attempt at mapping Arabic phonetics to an English standard Qwerty setup. The only problem is. . . . .WHERE did all the tashkeel/harakat go??? Hitting “Option” or “fn” to get a Darn Damma is not my idea of efficient. . . . and it is for this reason that I developed my own Arabic-QWERTY keylayout called aziizkeez, which is fast, efficient, generally user-friendly, and an absolute breeze to learn . . . . but you don’t have to take my word for it. . . . . you can download it right from this blog and try it out for yourself. . . . . either way I’m happy because I have already found what works for me. Oh yes, and if you would like to try your hand at creating your own custome keylaout (on a Mac) just download Ukelele the same Mac app I used to develop theaziizkeez.keylayout file (just click the link and give it spin).

That’s all for now. . . . I hope to make aziizkeez(G) available soon for you Windows users out there. . . . but for now. . Enjoy!!!


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