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Arabeasy is a fully reversible transliteration system mapped 1:1 Arabic:Western alphabet, for a deeper understanding of written Arabic – academic article here *

  • designed for simple and rapid input on keyboards/smartphones etc.
  • map directly to Arabic, avoid confusion from multiple word spellings, e.g. kebir/kebeer/kabeer? (Arabeasy:kbir directly from Arabic)
  • eases transition to reading/spelling of Arabic script in the future
  • fewer letters means faster typing and reading e.g. Arabeasy mbtHbc vs mabit7ebish
  • one letter per symbol, only normal letters from standard keyboards

on Firefox, install the
Transliterator Add-on HERE

Open the options dialog of the Transliterator Add-on, and select Arabic.
Set up the Transliterate shortcut defined in the Add-on options, I like to use ATL-A for this, so then you just select any text or the whole page with CTRL-A, and then convert to Arabeasy with ALT-A.

You may need to restart Firefox for changes to shortcut keys to come into effect.

For Firefox and Chrome, an alternative script method also exists which uses ALT-A to convert an entire Arabic page or ALT-C to convert with some inline translations. It also leaves the original Arabic intact, so you can use a dictionary Add-on to translate words or sentences.

1. install greasemonkey (Firefox)
2. install ArabEasy script here
3. for translating original Arabic install Quick Translator

I like to set up hotkeys ALT-X in Quick Translator to translate, and ALT-Z in Transliterator to type in Arabic

1. install tampermonkey (Chrome)
2. install Arabeasy script here
3. for translating original Arabic install Nice Bubble Translate

even works for transcribed video text/subtitles (use the paste/convert window)

on, the Arabeasy only is displayed to make viewing transcripts easier, click TRANSCRIPTS to show Arabic, then ALT-A
example with transcript

Reading Arabic webpages in ABC (a.k.a. Franco-Arab, Frankuarab, Arabizi, Arabic chat) can ease memorization of new words, reading speed, and help understand the Arabic writing system.

This transliteration system is a close 1:1 mapping onto Arabic as it is written, teaching how to spell Arabic correctly and understand language syntax. It results in less confusion as to whether letters are written double or single etc.

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* first published