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Arabic Sesame Street

Sesame Street in Arabic (Palestinian)

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BBC Arabic:

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Explanations of songs, dialects and other resources for students of Arabic,  The Arabic Student,

Arabic music with English translation and transliteration:

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Sesame Street

There are three Arabic versions of Sesame Street, the Egyptian, Palestinian and Jordanian ones. Not many of their videos are available online for free. Below are links to a video for each version. You can do a search with the name in Arabic script or its phonetic equivalent in Latin letters.

I can’t find any materials to go along with it for foreigners using Sesame Street to learn Arabic (subtitles, glossaries, explanations of content, etc). If you know of supplemental materials in English for Sesame Street, please post them in the comments section. Shukran!

1. Alam Simsim,عالم سمسم is the Egyptian Sesame Street.

Palestinian Sesame Street, Shara’a Simsim:

Jordanian Sesame Street: Hikayat Simsim مقاطع من حكايات سمسم

Arabic with Sindibad

There are English subtitles and a transcript, but the subtitles are only at the beginning. So you have to read the transcript to get the rest.

News Videos

Al Jazeera, the BBC, France 24 and Russia Today have broadcasts in both English and Arabic. Some of the same reports are in both languages. However, if you can’t read Arabic, it’s hard to figure out which video are the same in both English and Arabic. You can try to guess by matching video images that look similar. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a site with both the English and Arabic video side by side.

Russia Today:

Al Jazeera: Al Jazeera English Al Jazeera Arabic

BBC: BBC Arabic BBC English

France 24:

Language exchange:

There are many websites online where you can do free languages exchange over Skype. You help the other person with your language and that person helps you in their’s. Look for an Arabic language exchange.

Low-cost resources to learn Arabic

Arabic tutors online

They average around $15/hour. If you type “online Arabic tutors” you’ll see a whole list of them. I can’t vouch for any as I haven’t tried them. 
Here are some places to look:

Arabic learning podcast:
Arabic Pod:

Textbook to learn Arabic

Al Kitaab book and website:

Online resource to accompany Al Kitaab

Lingua Step, free trial