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Welcome to the Arabic Department at Wikiversity, part of the Center for Foreign Language Learning and the School of Language and Literature.

The Arabic language (اللغة العربية al-luġah al-ʿarabiyyah), or simply Arabic (عربي ʿarabī), is the largest member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family (classification: South Central Semitic) and is closely related to Hebrew and Aramaic. It is spoken throughout the Arab world and is widely studied and known throughout the Islamic world. Classical Arabic has been a literary language since at least the 6th century and is the liturgical language of Islam. Because of its liturgical role, Arabic has lent many words to other Islamic languages, akin to the role Latin has in Western European languages. During the Middle Ages Arabic was also a major vehicle of culture, especially in science, mathematics and philosophy, with the result that many European languages have also borrowed numerous words from it. The Arabic script is written from right to left.

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Learning Projects[edit]

See: Learning Projects and the Wikiversity:Learning model.

Learning materials and learning projects are located in the main Wikiversity namespace. Simply make a link to the name of the learning project (learning projects are independent pages in the main namespace) and start writing! We suggest the use of the learning project template (use "subst:Learning project boilerplate" on the new page, inside the double curved brackets {{}}).

Learning materials and learning projects can be used by multiple departments. Cooperate with other departments that use the same learning resource.

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Remember, Wikiversity has adopted the "learning by doing" model for education. Lessons should center on learning activities for Wikiversity participants. We learn by doing.

Select a descriptive name for each learning project.



Courses currently being offered by the Arabic Department:

Other projects:

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  1. Incorporate Wikibooks materials into the Arabic Department.
  2. Start an Arabic project/course.

Language References[edit]


Arab vocabulary sheet 1 Arab vocabulary sheet 2

  • See the lists at the Arabic on Wikibooks.

Form and Root[edit]

Fill the blanks / Remplissez les blancs Examples of how the Arabic root and form system works.

Verb conjugation[edit]

Basics of Conjugation

Verbs with doubled root letter matrix WaZafa.pdf Like zaada', weak middle letter yaa Like zaara', weak middle letter waw

Typing Arabic[edit] This is a search engine that converts guess-timated English to Arabic lettering. Diacritics aren't possible, but the skeleton of a word can be written easily.

Department news[edit]

  • November 10, 2006 - Department founded!

See: Topic:English Language