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Arabic NWZ can be enjoyed on all systems including mobile devices.  For the best performance please update your PCs or iMacs to the latest Internet ExplorerFirefox, Chrome or Safari browser. Also it is advised that your mobile devices have the latest updates too.

 

The site contains Arabic characters and phonetic renditions using Unicode characters. The latest browsers support most of these characters.  For example, the latest version of Firefox can display these characters on Android devices.

 

Navigating Arabic NWZ

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Printing

If you desire to print the information and take it with you in the field, you can use your browser's print feature to do so.  The printing font is large enough to be easily read especially for the Arabic script.

 

Arabic Phrases

The Arabic phrases are presented in a practical way using audio and textual information.  The phrases and audio contain the Standard Arabic as well as the spoken Lebanese renditions of the terms. Please see below the guides that explain the details of the information provided. 

 

Guide to the information contained in the phrases and scriptures posts

  • ARABIC TERMS. "- - -" indicates that no term(s) is used in the Arabic text.

  • ENGLISH TRANSLATION. As rendered in the English text.  The ~ sign after the word indicates that the word is pronounced in spoken Arabic.

  • LITERAL TRANSLATION (if provided). Shows the exact equivalence in English for the Arabic term. 

  • PHONETICS. Shows the Arabic sounds in letters that an English reader can relate to so the Arabic sounds can be duplicated. "-" is the division between syllables. Please see the phonetics guide below.

  • OTHER INFORMATION. Shows the language structure, detailed breakdown or other information about the Arabic term.

 

Guide to the phonetics used in the text

Quick pronunciation reference for some of the phonetic codes used.  Please note that the phonetics are a transcription of the Arabic sounds.  This means that the phonetics represent the actual sounds of the Arabic syllables rather than simply the Arabic characters.

 

| aa | as 'a' in ash but longer    | ā | as 'a' in father    | aw | as 'aw' in law and stretched    | ay | as 'ay' in may, used in spoken Arabic    | ḍ | as 'd' but deeper    | ē | as 'ea' in easy    | ēē | as 'ea' in easy but longer    | ġ | like a gargling sound    | h | as  h' in hat    | ḥ | like a voiceless breath   |  i | as 'i' in hit    |  ḳ | like clearing throat    | q | as deep k    | ṣ | as deep 's' in saw    | sh | as 'sh' in shy    | ṭ | as deeper 't' in tall    | th | as 'th' in thin    | ṫḣ | as 'th' in the    | ū | as oo in tooth*    |  ūū | as 'oo' in tooth but longer*    | ẓ | as deep 'th' in the    | ' | glottal stop as 'a' in apostrophe    | ʕ | like a moaning sound.

* The letter و  in spoken Lebanese is usually pronounced like 'oa' in boast.

 

Usually, syllables with longer vowels | aa |, | aw |, | ay |, | ēē |, | ūū |, and syllables containing the first doubled letter for the shadda ّ  are stressed. For example: the phonetics for "Bible" are lkē-taab  lmū-qād-dās. Arabic natives stress the syllables in italics because the first one "taab " contains a long vowel "aa " and the second one "qād contains the first doubled letter "" of the shadda.

 

Vocal Diagram of the Arabic Alphabet

Below is a diagram that will give you an idea where the Arabic sounds are produced.

Audio-Visual Material
The audio-visual files allow you to hear, see, and repeat the Arabic phrases.  They have a control bar or a sliding bar at the bottom.  You can use it to locate the word you like to hear and repeat.  Slide the indicator on the bar until the pointer falls under the word you are looking for.  Then you can push play to hear the word.
 
Please note:  Usually, the conversation phrases are recorded in the conversational, spoken, or colloquial Lebanese Arabic.  The scriptures, however,  are usually read with the diacritics or the written Arabic.  
 
Also the English translation under the Arabic words is a literal translation of the Arabic word.  It shows the breakdown of the Arabic word and its parts, in the Arabic order, connected with a hyphen.  Sometimes, in addition to the literal translation, you can see under an Arabic word the English rendition found in the publication or how the Arabic word is normally said in English.
 
Good use of the audio-visual material
Let's say that you want to repeat a certain sentence or a phrase many times to practice speaking along.  To do so, while the Audio-Visual file is playing, click on the desired location on the bar and the playing will keep restarting continuously from that specific location every time you click on it.
 
Guide to information contained in the phrases and scriptures posts
 
LINE 1: ARABIC TERMS. "- - -" indicates that no term(s) is used in the Arabic text.
LINE 2: ENGLISH TRANSLATION. As rendered in the English text. "- - -" indicates that no term(s) is used in the English translated text.
LINE 3 (Italics): LITERAL TRANSLATION. Shows the exact equivalence in English for the Arabic term. "-" means connected as one Arabic word.
LINE 4: ARABIC GRAMMAR. Shows the language structure of the Arabic term.
LINE 5: PHONETICS. Shows the Arabic terms in English letters. "-" is the division between syllables.
 
Romanization guide used in the text
Quick pronunciation reference for some of the phonetic codes used. 
| aa | as 'a' in ash but longer    | ā | as 'a' in father    | aw | as 'aw' in law and stretched    | ḍ | as 'd' but deeper    | ē | as 'ea' in easy    | ēē | as 'ea' in easy but longer    | ġ | like a gargling sound    | h | as  h' in hat    | ḥ | like a voiceless breath   |  i | as 'i' in hit    |  ḳ | like clearing throat    | q | as deep k    | ṣ | as deep 's' in saw    | sh | as 'sh' in shy    | ṭ | as deeper 't' in tall    | th | as 'th' in thin    | ṫḣ | as 'th' in the    | ū | as oo in tooth    |  ūū | as 'oo' in tooth but longer    | ẓ | as deep 'th' in the    | ' | glottal stop as 'a' in apostrophe    | ʕ | like a moaning sound.
 
Usually, syllables with longer vowels | aa |, | aw |, | ēē |, | ūū |, and syllables just before the shadda are stressed.
Quick pronunciation reference for some of the phonetic codes used.  | aa | as 'a' in ash but longer    | ā | as 'a' in father    | aw | as 'aw' in law and stretched    | ḍ | as 'd' but deeper    | ē | as 'ea' in easy    | ēē | as 'ea' in easy but longer    | ġ | like a gargling sound    | h | as  h' in hat    | ḥ | like a voiceless breath   |  I | as 'I' in hit    |  ḳ | like clearing throat    | q | as deep k    | ṣ | as deep 's' in saw    | sh | as 'sh' in shy    | ṭ | as deeper 't' in tall    | th | as 'th' in thin    | ṫḣ | as 'th' in the    | ū | as oo in tooth    |  ūū | as 'oo' in tooth but longer    | ẓ | as deep 'th' in the    | ' | glottal stop as 'a' in apostrophe    | ʕ | like a moaning sound. Usually, syllables with longer vowels | aa |, | aw |, | ēē |, | ūū |, and syllables just before the shadda are stressed.
 
Print
Since the audio visual material is developed with flash technology, right clicking on the audio-visual material displays the flash menu.  From the flash menu choose print.
 
Or you can do the following. Find the print function from your browser menu and click on the print button.  You might need to move the green slider bar in the print page so the words appear instead of the black screen.
 
Please note:  It is recommended using Internet Explorer or Safari browsers for printing.  Firefox browsers seem to prevent flash files from printing.