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Learn to Read from 'alif-baa'

Beginner's Reading: Independent Study

So... you have never, ever taken Arabic or you started a few times but never finished and you still want to learn to read. This course will take you step-by-step through all the skills of reading. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • read Quran in Arabic and go on to learn the science of recitation

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  • develop a vocabulary for Arabic that leads to speaking and other skills.


Your Instructor


Nadiya Johnson
Nadiya Johnson

Assalaamu alaykum,

My name is Ummu Aamina Nadiya Johnson and I will be guiding you through your learning journey here at Nakh-lah Arabic Center. Over 20 years ago, I was a college student and an army brat. I was living in Europe studying French, German, Spanish, and Italian. Upon graduation, I had planned to travel to Hawaii to study Japanese. However, in an amazing turn of events, I became a Muslim and traveled to Egypt to study Arabic! Since then, I have lived in the Arab world for 15 years speaking Classical/ Standard Arabic ("fus-ha") and regional dialect on a daily basis, living as both a student and a teacher. I have taught in the Middle East and in the U.S., both face-to-face and online. As a teacher, I am serious about the development of your skills so you will find a variety of courses here to help train you in the skills of speaking, listening, reading, grammar and writing. It is my hope that these courses will aid you in understanding the Quran, Hadith, Islamic knowledge and that you share what you learn with your family so that we make Arabic a living language among the non-Arab Muslims.

Ahlan!! (Welcome) I look forward to working with you.

and with Allah is all success...



Class Curriculum


  Introduction, Message from Teacher
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  Introducing the Alphabet!
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  The Vowel 'fet-ha'
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  The Long 'alif' sound
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  The Vowel 'Kes-ra'
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  The Long 'yaa'
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  The Vowel 'Damma'
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  The Long 'waw' Sound
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  The Sukoon; Making a stop
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  Shedda, Doubling a Sound
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  Tanween
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  Special Letters
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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