The first step in learning the Arabic language is mastering the alphabet. This presentation teaches you how to write the basic forms of the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet:
In most cases, Arabic letters are attached to one another (as in cursive writing in English). These letters take a slightly different form when they appear at the beginning, end or in the middle of a word. Students who complete our introductory Arabic course are capable of writing, reading and pronouncing the entire Arabic alphabet in all its forms before learning to read, write and speak the Arabic language. You can learn Arabic online with Arab Academy or study Arabic in Cairo for a month or more.Read the rest of this entry »
Like belly dancing, Arabic calligraphy (الخط العربي , sometimes known as Islamic calligraphy), is one of the Egyptian arts that today is neglected by Egyptians but is enjoying great popularity among foreigners, as Egypt Today reports.
It doesn’t help that Arabic word processing is now the norm for writing Arabic. It is not even necessary anymore to remember the different forms of the letters when typing them, as computers automatically produce the shape of the letter required by its position in the word.
However, learning Arabic calligraphy is still a good way to help learn and retain one’s knowledge of the Arabic script. To this end, one of Arab Academy’s teachers, Ahmed al-Sha’er, teaches study abroad students Arabic calligraphy. His lessons consist of the different styles of calligraphy and its rules. With his helpful guidance, students learn how to write each letter and simple sentences.