Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

Arabic Resources for Students hosts approximately 600 music and talk radio programs in Arabic. Mostly colloquial, but also Modern Standard Arabic. Check out the BBC Arabic channel for current events in very clear MSA.

Arabic Webcasts Project is hosted by the National Capital Language Resource Center. It provides for learners of Arabic an archive of several webcasts and scripts from various authentic news sources.

Lingnet hosts several hours of short recordings of scripted telephone conversations in different Arabic dialects. You can download them to your media player and practice your listening comprehension on the go!

Aswaat Arabiya is an excellent source for students and teachers of Arabic seeking materials for listening comprehension. Each module is divided according to proficiency  level with a number of corresponding activities to download. 

The Hans Wehr Dictionary may be found in multiple digital formats online. Here is a site which allow you to search scanned pages or download:

Arabic Learning Resources provides a few handy word lists of standard Arabic as well as Egyptian colloquial expressions.

Radif is an excellent place for an online thesaurus in Arabic for advanced students.


Taste of Beirut - (in English) No question Lebanese cuisine is one of the finest and most palatable arts in the world. Try out some of the recipes! 

Film & TV

Arab Film i(in English) s a wonderful resource for purchasing recent films in Arabic and of course the classics.

3arabtv is THE source for Arabic TV online in the Arab world. 


Arab Poems (in Arabic) - It is said that if you know Arabic you, you don't try your hand at poetry. That is, you leave it to the masters. Arabic is THE language of poetry. 


Simply Impressions (in English) hosts a couple artists who specialize in graphic design for more contemporary representations of classical Arabic calligraphy.

Revival Arts (in English) is one of the bay area's best kept secrets. A local calligrapher trained in the art of Arabic calligraphy in Egypt, Lubna Shaikh offers classes for children and sells custom-made artwork on pretty much any surface. 

Calligraphy Qalam provides a wonderful demonstration of how the calligrapher works and a few samples of this incomparable art form. is the most widely read news syndicate in the Arab world. Turn off your browsers cookies or use the .net version to get to the Arabic website, otherwise you will be rerouted to the Aljazeera America which is only in English.

Al-Baghdadia is read by many Arabs inside Iraq and beyond. 

Al-Arabiya has in the past few years gained some influence in the Arab world with the help of American media conglomerates.

BBC Arabic is another good source for world news in Arabic.

Tech Wadi is a leading non-profit organization in building bridges for entrepreneurship between Silicon Valley and the Arab world. Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Israel are all testaments to why the Middle East is being hailed as the next Silicon Valley. 

Arabic Webcasts Project is hosted by the National Capital Language Resource Center. It provides for learners of Arabic an archive of several webcasts and scripts from various authentic news sources.

Arabic Gems is one of my favorite blogs about formal and classical Arabic. As the title suggests, there are some real gems here. 

Emily Writing Backwards is an entertaining blog by the musings of a SCU alum and current Fulbright Scholar in Jordan. WaHashteenaa ya Emily!!

Josh Berer is a world traveller, artist, calligrapher, tattoo designer, and just a generally good guy with many tales to tell.

Quran Corpus is a project developed by researchers at Leeds University for studying syntactic structures in the Quran. It also provides a searchable corpus by root letters for words in the Quran. is a great place to find a translation of each verse in Quran next to the original classical Arabic. 

ArabiCorpus is a massive corpus of texts from classical texts and modern newspapers and novels. It is useful mostly for data miners and researchers, but is also useful for learners and teachers looking for the occurrence of specific words or phrases used in context.

The UCLA Language Materials Project provides a massive database of Arabic learning materials for about a dozen dialects.