Language Resources

Arabic Language Resources


Oxford Dictionary

Access to the Arabic Oxford dictionary is provided to community members by the Reed Library and requires a Reed login. This comprehensive dictionary includes audio and information about idiomatic phrases.


The Reverso English-to-Arabic context dictionary provides examples of words used in context with audio. Reverso is a freemium product, so you will see prompts to upgrade for additional functionality.



Al-Kitaab is a recommended textbook for beginning to learn Arabic. Their companion website has audio activities as well as further resources within the program.

Typing in Arabic

You must install an Arabic keyboard to type in Arabic. Macs and PCs may have slightly different keyboard layouts.

You can also choose to use an Arabic QWERTY keyboard that maps Arabic characters onto Latin characters with similar pronunciation. This keyboard is not commonly used in Arabic-speaking regions.

Typing help for Macs

  • Set up your computer to type using an Arabic keyboard layout.
  • Use the keyboard viewer to view the Arabic keyboard layout while you type. This may be especially useful as you are adjusting to the Arabic keyboard layout.

Typing help for Windows 

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