Process of Answering Questions / Using the
- Firstly, click on the question you would like to answer (this will be high-lighted once you click on it to show that it is the active question).
- There are two ways that you can type in your answer:
- By clicking on the letters on the on-screen keyboard in the lower frame on your screen. You simply click on the letter you want to type on the on-screen keyboard and this will automatically put the letter clicked into the answer box of the question you have selected.
- You can also use your actual computer keyboard to type the answers. When you type a letter, the page will automatically detect the letter you have typed based on the mappings that are displayed on the on-screen keyboard. For example, if you type ‘a’ on your computer keyboard it will type the letter ا (as shown on the letter ‘a’ on the on-screen keyboard.
- Some other important points to note on the keyboard are:
- Most English letters on the on-screen keyboard are mapped to two Arabic characters. This is because there are more characters and diacritics in Arabic than there are in English. On any key, the lower character is typed by simply clicking the letter or typing the letter on your keyboard.
- The top character shown on the on-screen keyboard is typed by either clicking on the Shift button on the on-screen keyboard and then clicking the letter or by pressing the shift key while pressing the letter on your actual keyboard. For example, if you press Shift+A on your keyboard it will type the letter ع.
- The standard layout of the on-screen keyboard is based on phonetics (letter sounds) – e.g. we have chosen the closest sounding English letters to place the relevant Arabic characters – e.g. if we wanted to type in the word baytun بيت we would use the letter b+y+t (although as we would need diacritics which have mostly been placed on the lower row for ease it would actually be b+m+y+g+t+x)
- The joining of letters is automatic, hence focus on simply spelling the letters and familiarise yourself with how the letters are joined.
- The layout of letters on the on-screen keyboard can be customized. US and UK keyboards differ slightly in their layout, if you feel that the layout of the keys is different to your actual keyboard (tip: look at the enter key as a guide) – then change the layout by clicking on UK Keyboard (US Keyboard is the default).
- The standard Arabic keyboard is laid out very differently to the phonetic keyboard layout (the default layout). To change the layout of keys so they match the actual Arabic keyboard layout then click on the button “Switch to Standard Keyboard”. Click on the button again to switch back to the phonetic keyboard if required. The main advantage of using the standard keyboard layout is that you become familiar with typing on a real Arabic keyboard as an added skill.
- Upon answering the first question, click on the next question and use the keyboard again to enter the next answer.
Upon completion of all questions click on the Mark Answer button to see the correct answers and to obtain your mark.
Your answers are marked as incorrect and
you don’t understand why?
- There are some situations that may cause your answer to be marked as incorrect, even though you feel that it is correct:
- Check the answer you have typed carefully against the correct answer displayed – pay attention to any missed letters or diacritics (e.g. fatha, kasra, sukun etc) that you have not typed.
- There are certain cases in which we have asked you not to put diacritics– if you put diacritics in these cases then your answer will be marked as incorrect. The reason for this is that it is easy to write the diacritics in more than one way in these cases, so to avoid confusion we do not include diacritics in these cases for our exercises. These cases are:
- The Alif followed by laam ال (while the laam itself can be signed with a vowel)
- The laam followed by alif لا (while the Alif itself can be signed when it comes with hamzah.
- The small Alif on words like هٰذا.
- The long vowels.
- Post a question on the forum at www.madinaharabic.com/forum.html if you still feel that there is an error in the marking. Please state the specific lesson, part and question number that this relates to so that we may investigate.