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Middle Eastern Studies

Resources and content of interest for researchers and students of Middle Eastern Studies


Arabic Dictionary

Listening Practice for Arabic

Arabic grammar, vocab and reading resource

Cambridge Arabic-English dictionary 

Arabic Language Transfer: Language Transfer teaches you to 'think' in the language you are learning to speak.

Arabic Voices 

University of Texas website that is designed to help improve the listening comprehension of Arabic learners. 

Madinah Arabic

Site providing free Arabic resources and flashcards.


Good beginning guide to Arabic. 

Writing Arabic


An Arabic search engine that allows you to type in transliterated Latin letters to get the Arabic words for running searches of Arabic websites.


The United States' Foreign Service Institute's old language courses (from the 1960s and 1970s) are available for free online. They are a little old content-wise, but they allow a student to take a free course in Arabic online. This site also has access to the Defense language institute's old courses, which include General Arabic, Iraqi Arabic, Saudi Arabic, Syrian Arabic, and Egyptian Arabic.

Persian (Also called Farsi)

Persian-English Dictionary

Persian online Resources

Comprehensive Persian Resource site, with emphasis on Grammar. 

Virtual Persian: Persian learning site with focus on audio practice

Easy Persian

Free intro Persian Lessons. 

Introduction to Persian 

Learning Persian Online

The Foreign Service Institute's old Persian course is here, and here is the Defense Language Institute's old Persian course.


Turkish Basics

Beginning Website for learning Turkish

Turkish Studies

Michigan University's through guide to learning Turkish.

Turkish Studies Language Tools

Cornell University's guide to Turkish language tools.

Turkish Keyboard

Colleges that offer Turkish

The Foreign Service Institute's old Turkish Course.

Turkish Language Transfer: Language Transfer is a free program that seeks to get you to 'think' in the language you are trying to speak, to improve your speaking.


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