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This course is taught live in person at SeekersGuidance Canada (220 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, ON -- full schedule of classes at www.seekersguidance.org/canada), and broadcast online weekly. 

Live on Saturdays at 10:00 AM ET and Mondays at 7:30 PM ET

Instructor: Ustadh Dirie Ahmed

Level: One

Course Overview

This is the first course in our Online Arabic learning program for absolute beginners of Arabic who know the letters and how to read with vowel markings (harakat).

Learning Arabic Course 101 begins with chapters 1 & 2; Greetings & Family. Students will learn important greetings and expressions and begin to learn basic grammar. They will also learn their numbers 1-10 and how to construct questions.

After the completion of this course the student continues to Learning Arabic Course 102.

About the Text

Al-Arabiyya Bayna Yadayka (العربية بين يديك) is a famous textbook used all over the world for teaching Modern Standard Arabic to non-native speakers. It focuses on teaching culture, grammar and basic conversation, as well as touching on religion.

Accompanied with sound files, it provides ample practice for each of the four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking.

We are using the first of the eight volumes. This textbook is ideal for this curriculum because it contains the necessary parts for language fluency while being broken down into easy, manageable steps.

Who is This Course For

• This course is for non-native speakers, approximately ages 14 and above.

• It is particularly beneficial for any students wanting to learn how to pick up Arabic speaking skills rapidly.

• This is the first course in Level 1. No prerequisite required.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in grammar, improving their understanding of the Quran or solidifying their basic foundation of Arabic.

Learning Outcomes

• Greet others and introduce themselves.

• Differentiate between asking a male and female questions.

• Create adjectives from nationalities (India -> Indian.

• Construct basic questions.

• Introduce people to each other.

• Recall numbers from 1-10.

• Distinguish between (خاء) and (كاف) and between (عين) and (همزة).

• Express actions in the present tense.

Lesson Outline

Lesson 1:Chapter 1: Greetings Lesson 1

Lesson 2:Chapter 1: Greetings Lesson 2

Lesson 3:Chapter 1: Greetings Lesson 3

Lesson 4: Chapter 1: Greetings Lesson 4

Lesson 5: Chapter 1: Greetings Lesson 5

Lesson 6: Chapter 1: Greetings Lesson 6

Lesson 7: Chapter 2: Family Lesson 1

Lesson 8: Chapter 2: Family Lesson 2

Lesson 9: Chapter 2: Family Lesson 3

Lesson 10: Chapter 2: Family Lesson 4

Lesson 11: Chapter 2: Family Lesson 5

Lesson 12: Chapter 2: Family Lesson 6

Study Effort

Pre-requisites: N/A

Weekly hours recommended: 3 hours study weekly (outside of class time

Evaluation method: Two unit tests

About The Instructor

Ustadh Dirie Ahmed, He is a teacher of Arabic, Tafsir and Hadith. He first traveled abroad to Yemen in 2009 to begin his studies in Arabic and Quran. After some time there, he found his way to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he studied at Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University.

He first completed a two-year Arabic certificate program, then a one-year Arabic and Islamic studies diploma. Once those two were complete, he went on to complete his bachelor's at the same institution in Islamic Law (Sharia), graduating with a grade of excellent (mumtaz).

Alongside his academic studies, he benefited from various scholars privately in Al-Ahsa and elsewhere. Since returning to Toronto in late 2021, Ustadh Dirie has been busy serving the community by teaching Arabic as well as youth at various mosques.

His hobbies include coffee, tech, and coffee. :)

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Short Intro: This first course is for absolute beginners who know the letters & how to read with vowel markings (harakat). Students learn; important greetings, expressions, basic grammar, numbers 1-10 and how to construct questions.
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What You Will Learn:

  • Distinguish between true religious knowledge that is beneficial and ostensibly religious knowledge that is not
  • Identify instances of the sins of the limbs (particularly those of the tongue)
  • Identify instances of the sins of the heart
  • Complete a regimen of protecting your tongue from sin
  • Improve your character with your teachers, relatives, friends, and strangers
  • Appreciate the spiritual value of good company

Skill Level: Beginner
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