What are the best resources for learning Arabic?

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    #150 Languages

    50 Languages
    50 languages has 100 lessons that provide beginners with basic vocabulary. With no prior knowledge, you will learn to fluently speak short sentences that apply to real-world situations in no time. 
    Apps

    Android, iOS, Android

    Free

    Rose James
    Written on September 25, 2017
    "50 languages is awesome. I used it to learn some quick Arabic for an upcoming trip and it made me feel more comfortable having rudimentary conversational basics. It has text and audio which is definitely the best way to learn language quickly and is available anytime for a quick refresher. Highly recommend!"
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    #2Learn Arabic Language Guide

    Learn Arabic Language Guide
    Learn Arabic is an app that teaches the fundamentals of Arabic to non-Arabic speakers. It has English to Arabic translation of some basic words and phrases to familiarize students with the language. 
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    José Olivares
    Written on June 17, 2017
    "I went ahead and tried out this app and have had it come in handy more than once on some of my business trips. I am unsure if there is anything comparable for non-iOS devices but if you do have one you should be in luck."
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    #3FluentU

    FluentU
    FluentU brings language learning to life with real-world videos, movie trailers, news, inspiring talks and more.
    Apps

    Web, iOS

    Free- month. Varies by plan

    Keith Ellis
    Written on September 26, 2017
    "I'm giving it a mediocre review for a couple reasons. The first reason its an APP, and its only on the Istore, so it has a very limited audience. Number 2 it's a multiple language system, so its not focused on Arabic specifically."

DID YOU KNOW

Did you know that Arabic is considered to be one of the hardest languages to learn for English speakers? The American Foreign Service institute deems Arabic to be “exceptionally difficult” to learn. A person must spend 88 weeks or approximately 2, 200 hours in order to learn it. Arabic, the lingua franca of the 22 countries of the Arab League, has approximately 422 million speakers all over the world. This makes it the fifth most spoken language in the world, after Mandarin, Spanish, English, and Hindi. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations along with English, French, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish. UNESCO proclaimed December 18, the date on which Arabic was assigned as an official language of the UN, as World Arabic Language Day. Classical Arabic, different from the Modern Standard Arabic of today, is the language of the Quran and other literary works during the Islamic Golden Age. Arabic script is read from right to left and is the third most widely used writing script in the world, behind Latin and Chinese. It is composed of 28 letters and is written in cursive. Arabic calligraphy is held to be a sacred form of artistic expression in relation to Islam. To quote the Prophet Muhammad, “The first thing God created was the pen.”

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    #4Arabic Alphabet

    Arabic Alphabet
    Arabic Alphabet is an app that's organized for learning in easy chapters with quizzes and flashcards. You'll learn to read and write the Arabic letters and numbers, as well as their history and usage.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Christian Davis
    Written on June 26, 2017
    "This app worked really well for me to get the basics of the script. I took Arabic in college ages ago, but never really mastered the way to connect letters (I always wrote the "yaa" in the second form, even at the end of a word!) This app makes it easy, and even has nice example words that show you how things connect. "
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    #5busuu

    busuu
    Master the basic skills and phrases of the language you want to understand fast with a fully interactive course, anytime and anywhere. You will be helped by hundreds of native speakers.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Rosa María Morán
    Written on March 12, 2017
    "If you are looking to learn Arabic, this app will surely help you. From my experience, this is one of better apps. It gives you pronunciation examples, and you can complete assignments to test your knowledge. It keeps track of how long you take to complete a course/language, so you could go brag to your friends that you learned Arabic in 28 hours, or whatever your time is. Also since it is an app, you can learn it anywhere not!. "
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    #6Duolingo

    Duolingo

    With the Duolingo app, you can practice and improve your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills while playing games at the same time. Just answer questions and complete lessons to improve both your vocabulary and grammar skills.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Sean Lewis
    Written on June 27, 2017
    "The most trusted and used free resource for learning languages around the world. Available on every mobile and desktop platform imaginable as well as on the website, Duolingo helps you learn useful, conversational Arabic easily!"
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    #7Rosetta Stone

    Rosetta Stone

    Rosetta Stone is a free app for Android and iOS devices specially developed to facilitate learning new languages. Its method is trying to teach you the new language the same way you learned your first one. Works fine without internet.

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Roger Jordan
    Written on May 10, 2017
    "Rosetta Stone has always had a reputation for being the best and they lived up to it here. I was worried about learning a language with a different alphabet, but they made it easier than I ever expected."
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    #8Nassra Arabic Method

    Nassra Arabic Method

    Nassra Arabic Method is an educational app for learning the Arabic language. This Android app contains audio and video recordings from beginner to advanced level.  It features two Arabic languages: Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Learn Arabic Online with Nassra Arabic
    Written on October 4, 2018
    "Amazing app! I really like the whole procedures of Nassra Arabic Learning. The appearance and the motion graphics are very nicely designed."
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    #9Arabic English Verb Conjugator

    Arabic English Verb Conjugator

    Arabic English Verb Conjugator is a great app if you want to learn Arabic. Conjugation of the verbs is clearly explained, which makes the morphology much easier to understand. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Carlos Zúñiga
    Written on January 15, 2018
    "This application looks like it gets the job done. Ability to work offline is a huge plus. It isn't the prettiest app but appears to be functional. The amount of downloads and positive reviews make it very appealing to test out to the demographic that is targeted."
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    #10BBC Languages

    BBC Languages
    A collection of videos and tutorials with online lessons with audio, games, vocabulary, grammar explanations and exercises to learn languages.
    Websites

    Free

    Jean Moore
    Written on March 2, 2017
    "I grew up in a area where people spoke a lot of Arabic. I always wanted to learn but it just seemed to difficult. BBC Languages makes it simple and intuitive to learn Arabic and now I am on my way to speaking it fluently. My friends and family are amazed when they hear me speaking the language to total strangers. "
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    #11Mastering Arabic 1 Activity Book

    Mastering Arabic 1 Activity Book

    Mastering Arabic 1 Activity Book: Practice for Beginners is written by Jane Wightwick as a guide for learning the Arabic language. With over 90 pages, this book is published in 2011 by Hippocrene Books.

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    Jane Edwards
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Really great little book. I've wanted to learn Arabic since childhood but there aren't any teachers in my area. I started learning on my own and this book helps a lot. "
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    #12Your First 100 Words in Arabic

    Your First 100 Words in Arabic

    Your First 100 Words in Arabic: Beginner's Quick & Easy Guide to Demystifying Non-Roman Scripts is written by Jane Wightwick as a supplement for learning the Arabic language. Published in 1999 by McGraw-Hill Education.

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    Phillip Willis
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Learning Arabic is a worthwhile endeavor, I find, but it's also a very difficult one, especially if you're working without a class or group. Your First 100 Words in Arabic is a very good guide to start with for reading and writing Arabic. Highly recommended."
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    #13Al-Kitaab Part One

    Al-Kitaab Part One

    Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya - A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part One is written by  Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2011 by Georgetown University Press.

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    Alice Montgomery
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "For those who are interested in learning Arabic, this is a great source! It is part one and a great choice for beginners. There is 300 pages full of Arabic information. It has information on the culture, informal and formal areas of Arabic and many other interesting information. Great choice for early learners. "
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    #14Easy Arabic Grammar

    Easy Arabic Grammar

    Easy Arabic Grammar is written by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar as a reference for learning the Arabic language. With over 100 pages, this book is published in 2015 by McGraw-Hill Education.

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    Juan Fowler
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This book covers all of the aspects of learning Arabic grammar in an intuitive, and helpful way. You may need to pair it with another more advanced book, if you are trying to become completely fluent, but for what this book shows you, you will absolutely be on your way to learning the language. You gotta stick to it though!"
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    #15Conquering Babel: A Practical Guide to Learning a Language

    Conquering Babel: A Practical Guide to Learning a Language

    Conquering Babel: A Practical Guide to Learning a Language is written by Claire Handscombe as a motivational reference guide in starting to learn a new language. With over 70 pages, it is published in 2011.

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    Vincent Gomez
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Claire Handscombe has written quite a comprehensive summary on learning languages in general, with many helpful tips and tricks that are fairly universal. In my case, I'm interesting in learning Arabic, and some of the content here will certainly apply. However, as far as learning Arabic, this reference does not get in-depth into any languages, so I can't call this one of the best resources in that regard."
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    #16Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds

    Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds

    Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds is written by Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, Abbas Al-Tonsi. This book includes a DVD. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2010 by Georgetown University Press.

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    Heather Simmons
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "My neighbor has been picking new languages to learn and last month she chose Arabic. She purchased Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds and it has helped her a great deal. She has made amazing progress in just a month in picking up Arabic letters and sounds."
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    #17Lebanese Arabic Phrasebook

    Lebanese Arabic Phrasebook
    Lebanese Arabic Phrasebook Vol. 1: An Effective Way to Learn Lebanese through Practical Sentences, Puzzles, and Videos is a supplementary book to learn Arabic Lebanese written by Hiba Najem.

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    George Richardson
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "The language book helps to improve the knowledge about the Arabic. "
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    #18First Arabic Reader Bilingual for Speakers of English

    First Arabic Reader Bilingual for Speakers of English

    First Arabic Reader Bilingual For Speakers Of English: First Arabic Reader Bilingual For Speakers Of English With Bidirectional Dictionary is written by Saher Ahmed Salama, Vadim Zubakhin.

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    Xu Ding
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "A basic book to help train the reader and test what they've learned. For a person more advanced in the language, it may be useless but for beginners, it's very useful."
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    #19Build Your Arabic Vocabulary

    Build Your Arabic Vocabulary

    Build Your Arabic Vocabulary: 1,000 Key Words to Move Beyond Beginner Arabic is a supplementary book to learn the Arabic language written by Haroon Shirwani. Published in 2006 by McGraw-Hill Companies.

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    Roger Jordan
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This seems like a good solution for this topic. It has a good rating and a good number of reviews."
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    #20The Arabic Alphabet

    The Arabic Alphabet
    The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read & Write It is a book for learning the Arabic language written by Nicholas Awde and Putros Samano. This book is published in 2000 by Lyle Stuart. It is first published in 1987.
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    Deborah Medina
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I love how well this book is written. I was so worried that I wouldn't understand it at all. I knew I needed a book that I wouldn't give up on due to difficulty, and this one definitely works for me. Everything is explained very well. It's not a long book, so it's not overwhelming. It simply tells you what you need to know. Very straight to the point."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for learning Arabic
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
150 LanguagesApps 10 Free
2Learn Arabic Language GuideApps 7 Free
3FluentUApps 5 Free
4Arabic AlphabetApps 5 Free
5busuuApps 4 Free
6DuolingoApps 4 Free
7Rosetta StoneApps 4 Free
8Nassra Arabic MethodApps 2 Free
9Arabic English Verb ConjugatorApps 2 Free
10BBC LanguagesWebsites 1 Free
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