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Grammar

Recommended Grammar

Two important parts of grammar that students of all levels can benefit from reviewing more are:
1) The idaafa (genitive construct or way of showing possession in Arabic), and
2) The 10 Measures (go to Verb Measures page)

The Idaafa

There are a number of explanations for the idaafa available to you:
1) An excellent Arabic grammar book has been made into a website, and it has a nice explanation of the idaafa: http://allthearabicyouneverlearnedthefirsttimearound.com/p1/p1-ch2/the-idaafa/
2) http://arabic.desert-sky.net/g_idafa.html This site provides another explanation along with more examples.
If you want more, the following video tutorials are available on youtube:
3) This video explains the basic rules of the idaafa: http://youtu.be/FHKg5q8sJb0
4) This video explains the difference between an idaafa and a noun-adjective phrase: http://youtu.be/F5FmrrC4C9A
5) DLI has a video explanation of the idaafa: http://ags.lingnet.org/ldata.aspx?IdNo=151
6) A high school Arabic teacher's blog also has a brief explanation: http://arabicinmissoula.blogspot.com/2012/12/sentinel-idafa.html
7) AlKitaab Book 1 also has an explanation of the idaafa in Chapter 3 (page 41 in the second edition).
8) A short quiz you can take to see if you can correctly distinguish between an idaafa and a noun-adjective phrase: http://sandbox.visl.sdu.dk/visl/ar/edutainment/quizzes/idafaOpg.htm

Grammar Resources

All the Arabic You Never Learned the First Time Around


I highly recommend the grammar book "All the Arabic You Never Learned the First Time Around". It is designed for the average language learner and uses simple, everyday language to explain Arabic grammar. A pdf copy of it can be downloaded from the following website:
http://www.mediafire.com/?1hepkzzczlj5z4i or you can access it completely online through this site: http://allthearabicyouneverlearnedthefirsttimearound.com/ (this website does not include the exercises that are in the pdf copy of the book).

I recommend that you:
- Read the introduction and the table of contents to see what the book covers.
- If you have specific questions on a point of grammar, you can use the table of contents to see what section it is located it, then use the bookmark tabs to quickly jump to the section you need. If you are using the website, the topics covered are listed on the right side of the page.
- It is also beneficial as an independent study textbook with lessons that build on each other and exercises to test your understanding, followed by answer keys.

DLI Grammar Videos and PDF pages:

DLI has a variety of useful grammar videos, and pdf documents on their site:
http://ags.lingnet.org/

Here is a list of the downloadable video lessons currently provided on the DLI website:

Arabic Adjectival Qualification Part I
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_008.html
Arabic Adjectival Qualification Part II
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_009.html
Arabic Adjectival Qualification Part III
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_015.html
Arabic Annexation Structure (Idafa) إضافة
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_004.html
Arabic Relative Pronouns
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_007.html
Conditional with Lao (if) لو
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_017.html
Imperative in Arabic - Part I (Commands) فِعْل الأَمر
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_013.html
Imperative in Arabic - Part II (Commands) فِعْل الأَمر
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_014.html
Independent Personal Pronouns (I, you, he, she, they, etc)
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_016.html
Kabla/ Ba'da "before - after" قبل و بعد
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_005.html
Kana and Its Sisters كان و أخواتها
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_002.html
Negation In Arabic (Part I)
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_019.html
Negation In Arabic (Part II)
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_020.html
Passive Voice Forms of Measure I and II Verbs
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_001.html
Subject Verb Agreement Part I
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_010.html
Subject Verb Agreement Part II
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_011.html
Subject Verb Agreement Part III
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_012.html
Suffix Personal Pronouns (mine, yours, his, theirs, etc)
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_018.html
The Conditional Sentence with Etha إذا
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_003.html
The Nominal Sentence
[IPOD]
ArabicGrammarVideo_006.html

Arabic Desert Sky

This site has a well organized list of grammar lessons you can read through on your own to help fill in any gaps in your knowledge of Arabic grammar. It's a nice, straightforward, well-organized list of grammar subjects. Browse through them and read the ones that you feel will be most beneficial to boosting your Arabic.
http://arabic.desert-sky.net/grammar.html

Arabic Grammar Quizzes

The grammar in these quizzes are pretty basic, but they may be helpful to you. If you struggle with remembering the Arabic term for a grammar word, or vice versa, some of these games can help you out.
http://beta.visl.sdu.dk/visl/ar/edutainment/quizzes/

Arabic.tripod.com

Here is a fairly comprehensive Arabic grammar website. The ads are a bit annoying, but the information is useful.
http://arabic.tripod.com/index.html

101 Arabic Grammar Rules

101 Arabic Grammar Rules for Beginning and Intermediate Arabic students - you can download it as pdf or doc (and view it online).
http://langmedia.fivecolleges.edu/jiyad/arabic_grammar_jiyad.pdf