https://www.duolingo.com/profile/michaelsboost

Arabic for English Speakers Collaboration!

Launch ArabEngo: http://mikethedj4.github.io/ArabEngo/

There's an app called Araby that was released on the iOS store on 3/16/2016 which you can download at - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/learn-arabic-language-araby/id1070554896?mt=8

I started developing ArabEngo around Feb/15/2016 at that time Araby wasn't released. In addition, Araby is only available for iOS.

ArabEngo comes prebuilt with a lesson designer and chat editor so ANYONE can make lessons and chats without writing a single line of code! In addition, you can share it with the community via Twitter and over time lessons shared on Twitter will be merged into the full ArabEngo application.

Introductory videos coming soon...

March 25, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AhmedEl-barbary

I am a native speaker and 'd like to participate

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pkhodo
July 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Purto1

Hey I love the idea, but are there a few features that would boost this massively.

Firstly, Skill decay. One of the leading reasons for the success of Duolingo and Memrise is the Spaced Repetition. This provides the incentive for people to review and maintain content where they usually wouldn't.

Secondly, a breakdown of sentences feature would be great. In Duolingo, hovering over a phrase won't only present you with the meaning of the phrase, but the separate words constituting the phrase.

EG:

Comment ça-va?

How || This || Go

April 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/michaelsboost

I agree and I too thought about that as well. However, ideas are easy but actually implementing it and making that idea a reality is a totally different concept. That's why I released ArabEngo as a free and "Open Source" application. So others that have the time and knowledge to "implement" those features can do it. (An idea is simply nothing more than just a wish a dream. That's It!)

For phrases mostly you'd need a dictionary and a server in which Github Pages doesn't give you a server to host that information on so essentially all that data would be encased in like a JSON file, but even then actually having an algorithm intelligent enough to understand sentence after sentence again requires a server holding all that information.

In addition, Duolingo and Memrise have been able to build a massive community to collaborate, contribute and of course, learn specifically on their platforms. Github Pages doesn't give me that much freedom. I can build a website for it but marketing wise it's not worth it. There are far far more sophisticated applications I find more effective. I released this as a free and open source application so any ideas or implementation anyone has or wants to contribute to it can take the incentive and actually do it rather than talk about it. Hence the point of the post. As Bruce Lee once said, "Knowing is not enough we must apply; willing is not enough we must do".

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WaterPolyglot

3 lingots to you!

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-FRZ-

Very helpful thanks and here are lingots ;-)

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TseDanylo

This is the start of something amazing! What did you use to make it?

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/michaelsboost

I developed it using HTML/CSS/JavaScript. I didn't have an internet connection for a few months so most of it was developed offline on my Chromebook and MacBook. I use Responsive Voice (https://responsivevoice.org/) to convert speech to text. (You simply use a class eng or arb to dictate if your sentence is in English or Arabic)

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DragonPolyglot

Thank you! !شكرا

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deyan161

Is this classical Arabic? Or one of the regional variations?

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nyharel

This is a good question... The site talks about "Modern Standard Arabic", which I've heard being referred to as "Literary Arabic", i.e., a language you only use to write (and read, e.g., from a teleprompter) but not to speak. If I understood correctly, spoken Arabic varies somewhat between countries (in vocabulary as well as pretty significant differences in pronunciation), but more importantly it varies quite substantially from the "MSA" you mention - and has a very different grammar (especially, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CA%BEI%CA%BFrab). I wonder what would be the most useful to learn. Since I don't have any plans to write Arabic literature, I think it's more useful to learn the spoken variant(s), no?

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deyan161

Honestly I don't know, but I think most written sources teach the writing through Standard Arabic. The spoken language must vary quite a lot - I have an Egyptian friend who tells me she has to talk to a Moroccan friend in French because they can't understand each other's Arabic. So it seems to me a spoken variant would be more useful, so long as you know which part of the Arabic world you're interested in, but whether there's any resources for this?

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nyharel

Found a good discussion of the varieties of Arabic in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varieties_of_Arabic

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SivasliBirYigido

Symbol: Kabe (Saudi Arabia) or Burj Halifa (United Arab Emirates)

July 11, 2017
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