Basic Arabic Grammar
What you'll learn
- Know definite and indefinite nouns and adjectives (e.g. a man vs. the man)
- Learn how to use adjectives to describe words and build sentences (e.g. a big dog - the dog is big)
- Learn how to use personal pronouns (e.g. He is a teacher, she is strong)
- Learn how to use possessive expressions (e.g. my bag, the teacher's house, I have a cat)
- Learn how to use prepositions (e.g. on the table, she is from Germany)
- Learn how to use verbs, with subjects, objects, and object pronouns
- Learn how to make complex sentence with relative pronouns (e.g. I saw the man who wrote the book)
- Learn how to ask questions using Arabic question words (e.g. where is the car? when did he go?)
- Learn how to use negation for verbs and verb to be (e.g. I didn't go, He isn't from France)
- Learn how to use coordination to combine sentences (e.g. she is from Italy and he is from Spain)
- Basic Arabic Reading
In order to read, write, speak and understand Arabic, it is important to learn the grammar. Arabic grammar can be tough and intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Grammar here means the important words that give structure to a sentence, in addition to the structures themselves. In linguistics, we call such words "function words". When you know these words, you’ll be able to recognize them and use them easily to understand and build simple sentences.
The course focuses on Modern Standard Arabic, which is the variety of Arabic that is used for formal and written settings. So this is what you need if you’re interested in learning Arabic to read books, follow the news, work with business and financial documents, and so forth.
We start from very simple phrases and sentences, and gradually go towards more sentence complexity. With 14 topics of basic Arabic grammar, and more than 80 grammar words (function words), as well as many exercises, you will be able to cover a wide variety of sentences. In this course, we use the Champolu Method, which presents language learning in a structured, contrastive and colorful way, in line with the concept of "Comprehensible Input". This method uses color coding for matching words between the Arabic sentence and the translation, while building on the similarities and differences between pairs and groups of sentences. You don't need to know Arabic script in advance because all the examples also include the romanization with Latin letters.
This course is for anyone interested in exploring the basics of Arabic in a short time with minimal effort, without getting to frustrating and confusing topics. Feel free to browse the free preview, and looking forward to having you in the course!
Who this course is for:
- Beginner Learners of Arabic
- Learners of Arabic who which to focus on the formal written Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic)
- Learners who wish to expand into learning other Arabic varieties in the future, but need formal foundation
I am a translator and a linguist, and I have a deep passion for language. I have a PhD in linguistics and a BSc in Mechanical engineering. I have been particularly fascinated with the topic of language acquisition: how babies learn their native language, how people learn foreign languages, and how computers can process human language.
As part of my PhD work and my career, I have built several web and mobile applications for processing and learning languages. Based on this experience, I am teaching on Udemy both how to build such applications, and also teaching structured ways for language learning, particularly in Arabic, my native language.