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I Often Did Pimsleur Arabic on the Floor; It Made It Easier to Focus

5 Arabic, Audio Lessons

I love Pimsleur and have used it for 15 different languages to date. Pimsleur Eastern Arabic consists of a series of exquisitely designed audio lessons, roughly half an hour each, in which you are constantly challenged to speak Arabic in response…

Block Where Alwan for the Arts Resides

4 Arabic, Museums/Cultural

In downtown Manhattan, you can visit Alwan for the Arts for cultural events in the realms of music, dance, film, books, and more. An event I went to there in 2009 was enticingly called “Leyya Tawil’s Dance Elixir,” with clarinetist…

It Says Easy, But It Didn't Work Out That Way For Me

2-5 Arabic, Books

I did not find Easy Arabic Grammar, by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, easy. I admit I had a brief spell of euphoric pleasure when I was reading the early pages, where I enjoyed an excellent and reassuring…

Dahesh Bookstore, Book-Lined and Welcoming

5 Arabic, Bookstores/Libraries

This is a bookstore and publishing company that I visited a couple of times back in 2009, when it was located at 57th Street and Broadway. At the time of this writing, Dahesh was in transit to a new location, so…

Fifth Ave. Between Ovington and Bay Ridge Aves.

5 Arabic, Neighborhoods

According to 2000 census data, there were 24,000 Arabic speakers in Brooklyn, with a third of them residing in Bay Ridge.  Take the R train to Bay Ridge Avenue (and Fourth), walk over to Fifth Avenue, and you will be…

You Can Speak the Word You Want Translated...

5 Arabic, Dutch, English, French, General, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Yiddish, Apps, Dictionaries

I have a tendency not to get around to downloading iPhone apps onto my iPhone, but fortunately I have a husband who will take my phone and do it for me. I’m very glad he stuck this app on…

Arabic Language Meetup Groups Around the World!

Arabic, Classes/Conversation, Social

Meetup.com, launched in 2001, brings together people in a community around all types of interests: politics, food, language, and more. Type in your zip code here to see whether there is an Arabic Language Meetup group near you. In early 2013,…

Maps Available on the Brooklyn Arts Council's Website

Arabic, Neighborhoods

Through the Brooklyn Arts Council, you can enjoy occasional inexpensive tours of Arab neighborhoods in Brooklyn. They also post maps online, for Atlantic Avenue and Bay Ridge, should you prefer to tour on your own for…

Teach Yourself Arabic? Nope, I Couldn't Teach Myself with This

2 Arabic, Books, Multimedia

I used Teach Yourself Arabic by Jack Smart and Frances Altorfer back in 2009, and it struck me as an example of language-learning marketing trumping actual usability. This book-CD combo was a total bust for me. I confess I…