This is a manuscript of the 3rd edition, a work in progress sponsored by the US National Science Foundation.
Contact Welcome to the Basic Arabic Course! Welcome to the three-part Basic Arabic Course in which you will learn all the essentials of the Arabic language. Note, though, that this course is not meant to replace more established courses. It merely aims to give you a taste of the Arabic language and solid foundations on which to build.
Basic Arabic Course - Lesson 1: Here are some basic characterstics of the Arabic writing system: The Arabic alphabet contains 28 letters. Arabic is written from right to left. In Arabic short vowels are generally not written. Arabic letters change their shape according to their position in a word.
This means that the Arabic alphabet contains only two more letters than the English alphabet 26 letters.
However, unlike English, the Arabic letters are always pronounced in the same way. In English the letter "c" is sometimes pronounced like an "s" ceasar and sometimes like a "k" cucumber.
Or, to take another example, "gh" is sometimes pronounced "f" enough and sometimes pronounced "g" ghost. In Arabic, the letters always retain their sound.
English, of course, is written from left to right like this. There are three short vowels in Arabic: Usually these short vowels are simply omitted in writing. Long vowels such as the "ee" in "tree" are written. A sentence such as: As you learn more about Arabic grammar you will be able to "guess" the missing short vowels and pronounce unknown words.
The Arabic script is essentially a cursive script, much like handwritten English. This necessitates certain changes in their shapes.(Click here for bottom) M m M.
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PREFACE to first edition.
THIS BOOK was to be an autobiography. I was made into a computer fifty years ago. I was the second scientist ever hired by IBM, and I watched the Watsons on Olympus, and Bill Norris and Ken Olsen and Gene Amdahl, and a thousand great commercial and academic figures.