Hello my friends I am so glad you have decided to learn Arabic. ^__^ It is an incredibly frustrating language but it's not as hard as you probably imagine. I've always had a lot of fun working through it whereas just the idea of learning something like Mandarin makes me want to cry.
I love you guys but I am not buying my own teaching materials, so I'm going to use the book I learned from:
It's a basic book that just covers alphabet, numbers, and a little vocabulary, but I think it's actually pretty helpful. If you are really serious about learning it would be worth picking up. Definitely buy just a regular spiral notebook to keep everything in one place and NOTE CARDS(!!!) I promise you, you will not learn Arabic without note cards. Cut them in half though to save paper. This is a ~green internet classroom~
More good resources:Arabic keyboard
: I'll post a tutorial later for how to swap languages with Windows and be able to type normally. For now, this is definitely sufficient.Google translate
: Goes Arabic <---> English. Like any online translator it is not going to help you with full passages, but it is great for single words that are difficult to find in the dictionary.THE HANS WEHR ARABIC/ENGLISH DICTIONARY
: You can wait on purchasing this but this is treated as a Bible by Arabic students. Initially you will spit on it and want to throw it out the window, then gradually it becomes heaven in microscopic print.
Music is a great way to introduce yourself to a language and the Middle East has a wealth of awesome stuff. You can listen on youtube or download from www.iraqmusic.net My favorites are:
Nancy Ajram, Abdel Halim Hafez, Marcel Khalif, Nawal Al-Zoughbi, Ghazi Abdel Baki (omg he is new and he puts Nizar Qabbani poetry to music and I melt into puddles :') ), Sawt el Atlas, and Amr Diab. Amr is most people's first favorite Arabic singer!
So ok this is like syllabus day where we dont really do anything. Tomorrow or the next day I will teach you your first four letters of the alphabet. ^__^