I took a preliminary Arabic class at Seattle Central Community College. Then I decided to get serious and paid three times as much for a class at Seattle Language Academy. Oh what a good move that was. The class is fabulous.

Sites to get started:

The
Arab Center of Washington

The
Arabic Handbook from the National Middle East Language Resrource Center

Babel - Arabic: Basic writing and conversation, with audio clips

Shifat: Arabic resources for Israeli educators (in Hebrew)
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My Arabic alphabet...sad, like a third-grader's.
ECTACO online dictionary

   

   
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And look at the hott language dictionary I found online. I love this company.