DLI - Arabic Language Course - General Course

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Defense Language Institute arabic (Modern Standard Arabic) - Image The Arabic General courses contains 6 ebooks that cover a wide variety of topics. The books include:


This book contains a glossary of all sections of the Arabic Standard Course found on the Live Lingua Project.


This course in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is designed primarily to develop the student's receptive skills (reading and listening comprehension). While the student will be exposed to production skills (writing and speaking) for motivation and reinforcement purposes, he will not be expected to attain a useful faculty in them.

This module covers the particular sounds and the script of MSA. It is a preliminary module designed to ease student's entry into the first lesson of the main course. It consists of ten lessons which will enable the student to detect and distinguish the various Arabic sounds and to read and write the characters that make up the Arabic alphabet.

Arabic consists of 26 consonant sounds and three basic Vowel sounds. All of the consonants and vowels are subject to lengthening the duration of the sound. This results in a wide range of sounds and contributes to the richness of the Arabic language.

The Arabic script system is based on strictly representing the sounds of the language. Generally, each specific sound has a letter to represent it; and each letter of the alphabet has only one sound to represent. The three short vowels, technically, are not letters and are represented by dia-critical marks (i.e. small marks above or below other letters).

The most striking feature of Arabic writing to Americans is that Arabic writing goes form right to left. In addition, an Arabic book, newspaper, or magazine begins on what speakers of English would normally regard as the back cover and ends on what would be regarded as the front. Another feature is that some letters undergo a slight change in shape depending on where in a word it is located.


A comprehensive dictionary of English to Arabic (MSA) terms and phrases used in the military.


This handbook is designed to serve as a reference and a guide to the basic grammar of Modern Standard Arabic.

Its contents inch all basic features as well as some additional items which go beyond the scope of the Basic Course. They are grouped in five parts:

Chapter 1 - Pronunciation and Orthography
Chapter 2 - Morphology of Nouns and Related Items
Chapter 3 - Morphology of Verbs and Derived Forms
Chapter 4 - Particles
Chapter 5 - Syntax

A comprehensive index has been added to enable the student to locate
information on an particular problem he may have.

This is not a teaching text. Accordingly it does not follow the dictates of the tenets of a particular teaming approach in its arrangement. Rather, the logic in inherent in the language system itself determines the outline.


A guide meant to be used by instructors as to the phonology of Modern Standard Arabic


A phrase book containing English to Arabic (MSA) translations of orders in battle.

Modern Standard Arabic has developed out of Classical Arabic, the language of the Quran. During the era of the caliphate,Classical Arabic was the language used for all religious, cultural, administrative and scholarly purposes.

Modern Standard Arabic is the official Arabic language. It can be written and spoken, and there is no difference between the written and the spoken form.

In its written form, Modern Standard Arabic is the language of literature and the media. Books, newspapers, magazines, official documents, private and business correspondence, street signs and shop signs - all are written in Modern Standard Arabic.

Arabic is a name applied to the descendants of the Classical Arabic language of the 6th century AD. This includes both the literary language and varieties of Arabic spoken in a wide arc of territory stretching across the Middle East and North Africa. Some of the spoken varieties are mutually unintelligible, both written and orally, and the varieties as a whole constitute a sociolinguistic language. This means that on purely linguistic grounds they would likely be considered to constitute more than one language, but are commonly grouped together as a single language for political and/or ethnic reasons (see below). If considered multiple languages, it is unclear how many languages there would be, as the spoken varieties form a dialect chain with no clear boundaries. If Arabic is considered a single language, it perhaps is spoken by as many as 280 million first language speakers, making it one of the half dozen most populous languages in the world. If considered separate languages, the most-spoken variety would most likely be Egyptian Arabic, with 54 million native speakers still greater than any other Semitic language.

Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic) is spoken in: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Palestine

Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic) has no known alternate names.

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