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Oxford University Press offers free online access to Oxford Arabic Dictionary for refugees

Oxford University Press offers free online access to Oxford Arabic Dictionary for refugees

18 December 2015

On 7 December, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, reported that “more than 911,000 refugees and migrants had arrived on European shores” since the beginning of the year due to the on-going conflicts in the Middle East. In an effort to help those affected by this crisis, Oxford University Press is offering free online access to the Oxford Arabic Dictionary to refugees and migrants who are arriving in Europe and are in need of language support.

The Oxford Arabic Dictionary is produced by an international team of expert translators and advisors using Oxford’s renowned language research programme, and is the first resource of its kind to be based throughout on real modern evidence of both English and Arabic usage. The dictionary focuses on the standardized variant of Arabic used in writing and formal speech, commonly known as Modern Standard Arabic.

Judy Pearsall, Editorial Director of Oxford Dictionaries, said: “As the refugee crisis has deepened over recent months, it has become increasingly apparent that communication has a fundamentally important role to play in helping those arriving from Syria and elsewhere to receive help and adjust to their new environment. We hope that this offer of free access to the Oxford Arabic Dictionary can go some way to assisting those in need of language support at this difficult time.” 

The online Oxford Arabic Dictionary is fully accessible on mobile and tablet. The log in details for this initiative are being shared with all the major aid agencies and relevant government departments working with refugees.

The dictionary can be accessed at http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/arabic/.