But one of the things that I find people tend to gloss over when they talk about learning Arabic is how to successfully marry Arabic language with technology. After all, most language learning takes place in the form of old-school resources like books and papers and hardly any thought or explanation is given to how to type, send a text, Google search in Arabic and so on and so forth. It’s a little ironic, considering how much more of our time is spent online rather than offline. I personally only came across this problem when I first started studying at Qasid Institute in Amman, when the teacher demanded a full 1000-word essay in Arabic, typed up and emailed to her by the end of the semester.
After panicking for a good week, I decided to just buckle down and sort out how to go about doing this. As such, here is my manual that will hopefully make your transition from writing to typing Arabic much less painful.
Arabic QWERTY is a different animal in the sense that the Arabic letters match as much as possible with the letters in English by how they sound.
After selecting the keyboard, you will notice that at the top right hand corner of the screen, right beside the date and time, a country flag will appear to show which keyboard is currently in use.
In order to change the language, just click on the flag and select from the list that appears one of the keyboard you’ve installed. Now for example, if you want to switch from your English keyboard to your Arabic keyboard, open the Messages or Whatsapp application and you’ll have to click on the Globe icon on the left side of the space bar and this will allow you to toggle between keyboards. On the message screen, simple swipe the spacebar from left to right in order to toggle between keyboards. If all else fails, go to either here or here to get any and every tech issue you could possibly have sorted out when it comes to typing Arabic. Seriously, I should have just posted am empty page with links to both these pages, they are that awesome.
This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 5:45 amand is filed under Neat Tips and Tricks.
I believe, as a professor teaching Arabic in Yeshiva University (YU) and in Magen David Yeshiva high school (MDYHS), that there are many reasons for Arabic to be taught both in high school and college. The first and main reason is that the “new generation,” children of Arabic speakers who were born here in America, must recognize the language of their ancestors.


I remember when I gave the first Arabic lesson in YU the students were eager to learn more to be able to talk to their grandparents in Arabic. In addition, since the students at YU are familiar with Hebrew, Arabic would be a relatively easy second language for them to learn. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, students of all majors should learn Arabic for communication purposes. Lets list down the language names and any one country where it is spoken in alphabetical order. If you can post a picture representing the script of the language, that would be GREAT but not mandatory. Please remember that I am not a techie of any sort (in fact I will be the first to tell you I’m the biggest tech idiot around) so I only went about trying to solve the problem in as few steps and as simply as possible. Under Personal, go to Language and Text, where you will see four bars at the top, Language, Text, Formats, and Input Sources. Go to input sources and click on the checkbox that corresponds with the language you want to have available.
This comes in especially useful if you need to search on Google for something in Arabic or create any type of document. I can’t lavish enough praise on Yamli Editor , I used it for most of my assignments and got away with it, and later on experimented with Arabic Keyboard with much success as well. I clearly can’t devise instructions for every single smartphone out there, but I do know how to do this for iPhones and Samsungs. Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and is considered one of the official languages of the United Nations. They must realize that this is the language that their parents and grandparents spoke, read, and wrote for centuries in their native countries like Syria, Lebanon, Egypt.
Arabic is actually the twin sister of Hebrew since the two languages are derived from the same roots, shorashim, and Semitic source. It is estimated that hundreds of millions of people around the world speak, read, and write Arabic. For the rest of you smartphone users out there, you can use this as a sort of template, or even better, trying Googling how to change your keyboard input.


Moreover, some members of the previous generation still speak Arabic in America to this day.
One of the students told me that her grandmother gave her a present when she spoke to her in Arabic.
Although the pronunciation may differ somewhat, there are many words, names, verbs, and prepositions that are almost the same- especially the verb conjugations, which follow the same rules in both languages. It follows that in order to communicate with this large worldwide population, one would need to learn Arabic. Let’s face it we probably can’t help you out, but share with us in the comments and hopefully another commenter can! It would be exciting for these parents to talk to their children and grandchildren in the same language they used to communicate in the Middle East.
My student was elated that she understood what her grandmother said to her in her mother tongue, and her grandmother was proud that my student was learning to connect to her roots. The prepositions and some of the symbols, like the vowels and consonants, are also very similar. Whether one interacts with these people in their native Arab lands, or if they are immigrants in a new land, learning Arabic would make these interactions easier and more pleasant. Arabic, a beautiful language, has the power to connect people to their pasts as well as build new connections in the new world.
When traveling in foreign Arab lands, if one knew Arabic, he would be loved and respected by the people to whom he is speaking because it would display that the foreigner cares about the Arabic culture to the extent that he even took the time to learn the language. It would be easy for our community’s members who know Hebrew to learn Arabic quickly because of these similarities. The traveler would, in turn, feel like one of the locals: he could read the traffic signs, behave like them, and be able to function in their society.



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