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Arabic Short Stories with English Translation and Subtitles in PDF

Updated: Sep 25, 2019

In my quest to source and add enriching and joyful Arabic learning content, especially Arabic short stories with English translation and pronunciation, for beginners and kids, I am always looking for the modern, simple and entertaining. In this blog entry I will introduce material which I have composed myself, putting together with many hours of love and dedication, to fill in some of the gaps in the free online Arabic language learning world. I will also present some of the material that is already out there online, to save you the trouble of searching endlessly on the web and hopping from one misleading link to another.


Free Arabic short stories with English translation and subtitles PDF download (Image by Swissmith courtesy of Pixabay)


I have revamped three previously published short Arabic stories in PDF on the blog, by adding pronunciation and English translation subtitles. They are totally free, and you can print, cut and make them into your own little story books. Just click on the pictures to open and save the files. You can even laminate them (click here to learn how to laminate and create your own Arabic learning resources). (Note: no selling or altering of material allowed or relisting on another website without permission).


"I Love My Mommy" is a short illustrated Arabic story in PDF format for beginners who are young at heart or kids in PDF format. It uses simple phrases to include every day action verbs and common phrases in Arabic. It also makes a sweet bedtime story for little ones, with Arabic learning as a main goal. The pictures are filled with interesting objects that can also encourage questions and engage interest to learn new vocabulary. Reading in Arabic can be a fun family activity. Don't be afraid to start reading Arabic stories to your children. It will help them get used to the language, by listening and getting familiar to the words, and reinforcing learning in an enjoyable way.

The short Arabic story book "The Small Spider and the Four Seasons" (click here) is about a small spider who loves to climb up to the rooftop; however, every season brings a different challenge and causes him to fall down to the ground. Despite the misfortune, he is still determined to go up and hang around his favorite spot, at the rooftop. The plot takes the reader from one season to another, and one challenge to another.The language is simple, with important vocabulary, relevant to the subject of the seasons and weather; and the images are cheerful and entertaining.




"Sousa", meaning "Dental Cavity", is another short illustrated Arabic story in PDF format, for beginners who are young at heart or kids. It is also rich with interesting and joyful imagery, and everyday phrases in Arabic. It also covers an important topic and its range of vocabulary, which is dental hygiene. The plot is simple yet very entertaining, starting with a wicked dental cavity names "Sousa" who decides to dig up a home for her friends and herself in Jad's mouth. You can follow up with relevant vocabulary about looking after teeth and incorporating Arabic learning into it, by clicking here.


"The Happy House" is also a short illustrated Arabic story in PDF format for beginners who are young at heart or kids in PDF format. The main goal is learning geometric shapes in Arabic language using simple phrases and interesting imagery. Click here to also learn 10 different ideas to help your child learn shapes in Arabic.


"Ali Baba and Meshmosh" is inspired by the original Ali Baba fairy tale, and made into a simple, short and sweet story, suitable for small children and beginners, learning Arabic language. It is colorful and has simple yet entertaining illustrations, and comes in a PDF format, so you can easily download, read or print. It has English translation and Arabic pronunciation guides.

The plot revolves around a kind man called Ali Baba and his donkey "Meshmosh", who comes across forty evil thieves on his way to work. He hides and watches them get into a cave filled with gold and stolen goods. He learns the trick and decides to get in himself after they leave. What will Ali Baba do next? Will he tell anyone or will he decide to take the gold himself? Find out in the story.


Note: Kindly no selling or altering of material allowed or relisting on another website without written permission.

You can also watch "Learning Arabic With Angela"s stories at our YouTube channel, and listen to the Arabic vocalization (Click here to go to the channel), or directly below. Don't forget to Like and Subscribe to get notified about any new uploaded videos. The first set of videos is just read out plainly with the subtitles in English and the transcription; while the second set, if you scroll below has detailed explanation of the stories, with grammar and comprehension.

Set 1:




Set 2: Stories with full word by word and sentence by sentence explanation; in order to improve your Arabic language comprehension and grammar:




From the marvels of the internet and google, I have come across a simple Arabic short story in printable PDF format, called "Nashoot Meets Bannoon", by Arabicseeds.com. It is about two cats that meet each other in a park and have a simple conversation. What I liked about the story, apart from being of good quality, suitable for beginners, and totally free, is the list of keywords with pictures, and the list of verbs available at the end to reinforce learning.


If you are willing to invest $$ in some good quality paperback beginner/ kids Arabic-English books, there are some recommendable ones on Amazon and eBay that pass the translation test, of which some are:

1- The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Arabic and English by Eric Carle. This is a classic and has been translated to many other languages apart from Arabic; very popular with little ones and a personal favorite for my daughter and myself. It's a beautiful tale about a very hungry caterpillar that munches his way from Sunday to next Sunday, to become a beautiful butterfly. The illustration is a work of art and the story also incorporates the days of the week. You can follow up on learning about days of the week in Arabic by clicking here. You can also watch the story and listen to it in Arabic and English on YouTube by clicking here.

2- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? In Arabic and English: 1 by Bill Martin

3- We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Arabic and English by Michael Rosen

4- Am I Small? Hl ana sghyrh?: Children's Picture Book English-Arabic by Philipp Winterberg


If you also prefer screens versus paper and want to save money, there is a must have Arabic reading and learning app. It is called Kisas Asafir (Kisas meaning stories and Asafir meaning bird, i.e. Bird/ short Stories). I counted at least 107 stories, which include narrated audio and sound effects, starting from the simplest to the more complicated reading levels. The app is an extension to the mother website: "3asafeer.com", an online digital library and platform, which aims to provide: " quality, cost-efficient, trackable resources for reading in Arabic for kids". You can download it on Google play or itunes. Click here for more information and a brief about the app.




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