ALIF is an online platform for learning Arabic. It offers innovative tools for learning different skills and knowledge areas in Arabic: reading, writing, pronunciation, listening, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar. These tools include interactive apps, PDFs, and audiovisual materials.
The goal is to make learning the language as fun as playing a game or solving a puzzle, for both adults and children.

Arabic is an exciting language to learn, but it can be quite challenging to do so. Therefore, we break the learning process down into simpler elements. You do not have to learn everything at once, learn only the skills you need.
ALIF platform helps you acquire several different essential language skills in Arabic:

Reading: Learn the alphabet letters, identify the sounds of letters, and actually read words
Writing: learn how to draw letters and words, and practice handwriting on touch devices and with printable materials
Typing: learn how to use the Arabic keyboard and type letters and words
Listening: Practice listening to audio recordings of Arabic letters and words, know which sounds go with which words
Speaking: Use the microphone to record letters and words to practice speaking and improve your pronunciation
Vocabulary: Learn hundreds of words in both Modern Standard Arabic and different Arabic dialects
Grammar: Learn how to build simple sentences and know how to use grammar rules for MSA and dialects
Culture: Learn about Arabic cultural expressions for MSA and dialects

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Apps and Materials

Interactive quiz-style apps to help you learn Arabic skills and measure your progress.
5 minutes a day, you can learn any of these skills. More to come soon!
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alpha5

Learn Arabic Alphabet 5 minutes a day. Know the name and shapes of every letter. Recognize letters in any word.

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read5

Learn the sounds of Arabic letter and diacritics. Start to read by sounding out any word in Arabic.

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write5

Practice your Arabic handwriting skills with fringer draw on screens of touch devices.

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type5

Learn how to type using the Arabic keyboard. Know the locations of keys and start typing quickly and correctly

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listen5

Practice and improve your listening skills by identifying the letters and words you hear in the audio.

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speak5

Practice and improve your speaking and pronunciation. Listen to recordings by native speakers and record your own.

Digital Materials, Printable and Audiovisual, to help you learn Arabic.

Continuously updated.

The materials are for both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and dialects of Arab countries


Letters and diacritics Guide (MSA)
Animal Names Reading and Writing Practice (MSA)
Basic vocabulary (nouns and adjectives) (MSA)
Basic vocabulary (nouns and adjectives) (EG)
Word of the day Posts (MSA)
Verb of the day Posts (MSA)
Egyptian Arabic Proverbs (EG)
Prefixes and Suffixes (MSA)
Sun and Moon Letters (MSA)
Tanween (MSA)
Personal Pronouns (MSA)
Personal Pronouns (EG)
Demonstratives (MSA)
Demonstratives (EG)
Possessive Pronouns (MSA)
Possessive Pronouns (EG)
Prepositions (MSA)
Question Words (MSA)
Relative Pronouns (MSA)
Verb Matrix (MSA)
Verb Phrase Structure (MSA)
Verb Negation (MSA)
Verb Have (MSA)

Plans and Prices

Basic Monthly Lifetime
Access to free materials

Notifications with new materials

Access to premium materials

Progress Dashboard

Free $7 per month $97 One time

Learning Method

The apps and tools at ALIF platform are based on Champolu method. This method is an intuitive way for learners to figure out the language on their own.
In this method, the learning materials are presnted in a colorful and visual way to allow leareners to see the contrast and develop the associations between foreign script, transliteration, and translation, as well as audio.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am interested in learning Arabic with zero background, how do I start?

A: It can be useful to start with reading, using the alphabet and sounding apps. Reading is an essential skill that can be useful on its own, and can unlock more language learning resources for you.

Q: Which Arabic is taught on this platform?

A: ALIF platform includes materials mainly for Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), which is the type of Arabic used in writing and many formal contexts. It also includes materials in Egyptian Arabic and soon other Arabic dialects.

Q: Which Arabic dialect is the closest to MSA?

A: There is no objective answer to this question. Each Arabic dialect has a mix of MSA and local and foreign languages. Therefore, if you learn MSA you will be probably understood by educated Arabic native speakers, but your understanding of their dialect will be very limited.

Q: What Arabic should I learn?

A: It depends on your goals. If you need Arabic to work with written and formal materials, it is probably best to focus on MSA. If you need it to visit Arab countries and interact with native speakers, it would be better to have a brief preparation in MSA to cover the basics of writing and sounds, and then proceed to the materials for the dialects you are interested in.

Q: If I have no preference for dialects, which Arabic dialect should I learn?

A: Many Arabic learners prefer to learn either Egyptian Arabic or Levantine Arabic (Arabic spoken in Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria), because these two dialects are most widely used and understood. Otherwise, if you are going to a certain country, it would be preferred to learn the dialect spoken there.

Q: I want to learn Quran and Islamic materials, what should I learn?

A: It would be useful to learn how to read the Arabic script first, and then learn the grammar of Modern Standard Arabic (which is close to Classical Arabic). There will be vocabulary materials to help in this regard.

Q: I already know some Arabic from other sources and studies, how will this help?

A: If you know the basics of Arabic, you can move directly to more advanced skills. You can still refresh your knowledge by quickly going through the materials addressing basic skills.

Q: I have learned Arabic for a long time, but I reached a plateau where I feel I’m not learning something new.

A: This is one of the main ideas for this platform: you always have new materials to work on, and you always have more challenges to address. With the quizzes and progress dashboard, you can know where you stand, and measure your progress in each area you’re working on.

Q: How is performance and progress measured?

A: All apps have trackers of progress, depending on your accuracy and speed in answering questions or performing tasks. This progress is stored and shown in your dashboard for each area you’re working on. This progress can be analyzed over a period of time to get more insights.

Q: How much time and effort is needed to use the platform?

A: The items on the platform are both intended to be bite-sized, that can be completed within few minutes every day, but persistence is the key to making actual progress.

Q: Is this platform guaranteed to help me reach fluency?

A: ALIF platform does not make these types of guarantees. Fluency is an advanced level of language knowledge and use that requires extensive study and interaction with native speakers over a long period of time. What the platform guarantees; however, is that you can get tangible results for any of the skills; e.g. you can read any word in Arabic after consistently using the alphabet and sounding apps.

Q: Does this platform qualify for any language proficiency exams?

A: Not at the moment, but feel free to contact us for further details

Q: What are the levels covered in this platform in terms of CEFR (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2)

A: At the moment, the skills included at the platform can help learners at A1 to B1 (beginner to intermediate), but more advanced materials are coming soon

Q: Do I get individual learning guidance for how to start learning?

A: Absolutely! You can email us with your learning needs and we will get back to you with advice on how to proceed. Send an email to arabic@champolu.com

Q: Do the apps teach how to read?

A: Reading has many levels, the most basic level is to learn the letters and recognize them in with their different shapes within words. The next level is to know the diacritics (mainly short vowels) and how they guide the sounds of letters. With this knowledge, you can "sound-out" any word in Arabic, even if you don't understand its meaning. With more study of the grammar, you will learn and recognize "sight words", which are frequently used, and hence know their meaning. In addition, with more vocabulary, you will be able to recognize more and more words. Our apps and materials teach you that.

Q: How can I read Arabic without diacritics/harakaat?

A: In most written materials in Arabic, letters are written without diacritics. This can make words harder to read, but with more knowledge of vocabulary and grammar, and by understanding the context, this will no longer be challenging.

Q: What is the difference between this platform and popular language learning apps such as Duolingo, Rosetta Stone, Babbel, Mondly and Drops?

A: These apps mostly target language learning as a whole, but not as individual skills. This may lead to lack of focus of what is to be learned, and limits the effectiveness of the learning process.

Q: What is the difference between this platform and flash cards and vocabulary memorization apps such as Anki and Memrize?

A: Language is not just words to memorize. Language is made of many aspects at a more basic level such as learning letters and sounds, and at a more sophisticated level, such as learning the grammar. At ALIF, we cover the spectrum of these aspects.

Q: Why would I need to pay for online language learning, while there are many websites, apps, Youtube videos and more, which are free?

A: Although there are some great resources out there for free, it is difficult to find ones that exactly match your needs. In addition, many of these resources actually start with certain assumptions, such as the learners' ability to read Arabic script or to type in Arabic. They can also involve impractical aspects such as teaching formal written Arabic for spoken conversations, which is hardly the case.

Q: Can I cancel the subscription or refund my one-time payment?

A: Absolutely! You can cancel the subscription any time, by sending an email to orders@champolu.com. After that, you will not be billed for the next cycle. For the one-time payment for the lifetime plan, you can request a refund within 15 days of the purchase.

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