Patterns Are Key

Rootword Method is a logical approach in learning Arabic using first principles rather than complicated memory games. Its premise: pattern recognition trumps blind memorisation.

2018 Video Clip | Level 2 Class

There are 3 foundational modules to the Rootword Method Program:

(4 Months / 16 Weeks)

(3 Months / 12 Weeks)

(2 Months / 8 Weeks)


While the chief aim of this program is to enable you to self-translate the Quran using process charts and wordlists, it would also provide you with a solid preliminary foundation of Arabic language first principles to further pursue other language goals, such as conversational or business Arabic.

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Unravel 60%-80% of the Quran In 6 Months

The Systematic Practice To Translate the Quran By Patternizing Hi-Frequency Words and Phrases

This 2-Module program is an adventure exploring the most frequent words and phrases in the Quran.

The first 120 hi-frequency words enable you to cover 60% of the Quran (the aim of Module 1).

In module 2, you will complete the 80% mark by covering hi-frequency phrases and more hi-frequency words. See images below.

Word 1 = 4% and Word 454 = 80% mark

Gone through Rootword Method Prog, or
Have learned good Arabic more than 1 yr

PRAC Module 1 - Saturday Sessions
[2 Seats Left]
12 Weeks - 900am to 1100am
12 Jan to 30 Mar 2019

PRAC Module 1 - Sunday Sessions
[5 Seats Left]
12 Weeks
930am to 1130am
13 Jan to 31 Mar 2019

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What is the Rootword Method?

A structured method of foundational processes via which you are able to first understand translated sentences from the Quran, and thereafter understand how to to translate them using those processes.

How Does It Work?

By deconstructing word parts (prefix-stem-root-infix-root-suffix) and phrasal blocks (5 types), assisted by charts, canvasses and glossaries.

Why Should You Learn This?

This method was created to make Arabic great again. Away from blind memorization and toward a measured understanding of word patterns and phrasal structures, without (first) memorizing the meaning of any word. Just that pattern recognition comes first and foremost; memorization is secondary and optional. They say “a cheap man pays twice”; likewise a pattern-blind memorizer memorizes twice. Way more than twice, actually.

Tell Me More..

Rootword Method is a long game with a clear desired outcome. Most other approaches, one would need to spend years, if not decades, of memorizing, recalling and forgetting. Simply because of the relative absence in structural grounding. Even though these approaches offer preliminary progress in the first few weeks or months, this progressive enjoyment would not last beyond a few months (usually earlier) before the memory fatigue kicks in.

How Long Does It Take?

You will spend at least 9 months (a year at most) to install the rootword mindset, grinding and grounding yourself on measured word patterns and calculated phrasal blocks, but once the pieces interlock, you will never be the same person again. Your mind will be unbelievably stretched and you begin to wonder why you did not begin installing this skillset earlier.


DATES: 13 Oct - 8 Dec (except 27 Oct)
TIME: 9am - 11am, Saturdays
VENUE: AlQudwah

Month 1: Meaning-Based Translation

We'll follow 3 simple steps

1- Identify Word Type
2- Identify Word Meaning
3- Translate Sentence Intuitively

The aim for this month is to translate as many words, phrases and sentences as possible to build momentum and confidence before you proceed to pattern-based translation. For this, naturally the translations that will arise from this preliminary process will not be perfect but still correct; it will be the launchpad for the pattern translation level. Four main tools are used: Verb/Noun Canvas, List of Unrooted Words, Quran App Dictionary (Arabic Almanac - PR for iPhones, and Arabic Dictionaries for Androids)

Month 2: Pattern-Based Translation

We'll follow 3 more structured steps

1- Identifying Word Pattern (V11/N3/P4)
2- Identifying Phrase Type (V-P-A-P-N)
3- Identifying Proper Translations for each word and phrase

For this month, you do not suffice with translating word to meaning, but word to pattern to meaning. This more-structured-process may lead to the same translation results of meaning-based process, but additionally it will enable you to have a more grounded mindset whenever you put on the pattern cap when translating Arabic. Five Decoding Tools are used: Verb/Noun Canvas, Verb Table, Noun Charts, Harf Charts, App Dictionary.

What will be approximately covered week-by-week:

Week 1: Demo of Meaning-Based Speed Translation and explanation of processes

Week 2: Guided DIY Translation

Week 3: Guided DIY Translation

Week 4: Demo of Pattern-Based Translation

Week 5: Explanation of Processes

Week 6: Guided DIY Translation

Week 7: Guided DIY Translation

Week 8: Random Translation Challenge

Most of the resources we will use are what you have already received. You will be given a handout of the verses for translation (most probably the first few pages of Surah Al-Baqarah or critical verses from the Quran) and two progress tracker pages: one on process tracker, and another on content tracker on how many words you have translated based on their categories (11 verb forms, 3/17 noun types, 4 harf types).

If you are keen to join and the timing is suitable, you may register.

The fee is the regular amount you are previously charged with even though the number of students would be below 10. This is because AlQudwah kindly granted a special concession to the class rental for the next 8 weeks.

Fees: $110/mth x 2

(If you do not opt for access to online materials, fees would be $100 x 2)

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Decoding Quranic Arabic
Module 1 of 3

6 Seats Left

Cohort 24 - Mondays
12 Weeks - 1 Apr to 29 July
7:45pm - 9:45pm | Class Size: 12-16
(Ramadan/Eid Break: 6 May to 10 June)

Cognizant of Arabic Letters
Confident of Left-Brain Thinking
(to process language principles)

Rootword Method is a logical approach in learning Arabic using first order thinking processes rather than complicated memory games. Its premise: pattern recognition trumps blind memorisation.

While the chief aim of this program is to enable you to self-translate the Quran using process charts and word lists, it would also equip you with a solid preliminary foundation of Arabic language first principles.

I've been learning Arabic and been trying different methods. Until I found this rootword method. I’m really impressed with the simplicity of how we can decipher an “Arabic Word” until we can get the meaning. At the time of this writing, I just finished Level 1. But I am really looking forward to the next level."
— H, Level 1 Graduate

What You Are Going To Learn

Decoding Word CategoriesDecoding Word PatternsDecoding Word Forms/TypesDecoding Word MeaningsDecoding Word Cases/StatesDecoding Word SignsDecoding Word Functions


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Course Fees:
$349/pax^ [Standard Rate]
$299/pax [Couple Rate]

^50% off [Refreshers]

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"I've finally learnt a reasonably effective way to access a level of meaning from the Quran via (self)translation using the Rootword Method."
— Shariffa, Level 2 Graduate


Word System II

AIM: To enable you to dissect any odd-patterned word to get its meaning on your own rather than memorizing the meaning of every word you encounter.

This level comprises 6 units:

0Odd TypesGeneral
1Horizontal Scal.F1 Verbs
2Vertical Scal.F1 Verbs
3Noun ScalingF1 Nouns
4Horizontal Scal.F2-10 Verbs
5Noun ScalingF2-10 Nouns
6Root BranchingAll

Current Run:

DAY: Sundays @ AlQudwah TIME: 9am - 11am | 12 WeeksDATES: May 20/27, June 3/10/24, July 1/8/15/22/29 Aug 5/12


Sentence System

The aim of this level is to enable you to dissect any Arabic phrase or sentence using simplified rootword method techniques in order to self- translate any verse in the Quran using process charts and rootword-based wordlists/dictionaries.

This level comprises 6 units:

Intro / Arabic Sentence System
1 / Sentence Pillars (Core Clauses)
2 / Sentence Starters (Pre-Core)
3 / Sentence Enders (Post-Core)
4 / Phrasal Blocks (+Noun Recipe)
5 / Arabic Grammar in 12 Sentences
6 / Simplified Sentence Analysis

Current Weekly Classes:

Saturdays@Qudwah | 9am - 11am

Upcoming Runs:

Mid-August 2018

LEVEL 3 Registration (Sundays)

Registration Period:

August 1 to August 31

DATES (12 Weeks):

2 Sept 2018 to 25 Nov 2018
(28 Oct - no class)
9:30am - 11:30am


AlQudwah Academy
11 Pahang St S198611

Program Fees: $300
(Mthly instalments are workable)

Mode of Payment:

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Noun and Phrase System
(Tuesday Nights)


To learn the skill of decoding any Arabic sentence.

By unpacking the meaning of any word from its pattern, and unpacking the meaning of any phrase from noticing the precise behaviour of case endings of words (and other clear signs) in a phrase. This will be based on the Rootword Method's simplified Movement Theory of Word Endings.

(1) Verb System Reload
(2) Noun Types and Patterns
(3) 5 Phrasal Structures

8 Jan to 26 March 2019
800pm - 1000pm (12 Weeks)
@AlQudwah Academy

Enrolment Period
December 2018

1-time payment,
or 3 equal instalments

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Rootword Handbook 1
(to be uploaded soon)

Rootword Tables and Templates
(to be uploaded soon)

Videos on Some Lessons

Word System (30 mins)
Suspicious Letters (10 mins)
6 Doors - Part 1 (13 mins)
6 Doors - Part 2 (9 mins)
Verb Scaling (13 mins)
Verb-Subject Formations (37 mins)
Verb Equations of All 10 Forms (37 mins)
Verb Form Practice 1 (31 mins)
Verb Form Practice 2 (30 mins)
Verb Shades (30 mins)
Verb Canvas (to be uploaded soon)



Week 1 of 12

Week 2 of 12 (Playlist)
Odd Horizon Scaling F2-F4

Week 3 of 12 (Playlist)
Odd Horizon Scaling F8-F10

Week 4 of 12 (Playlist)
Types of Odd Words

Week 5 of 12 (Playlist)
Decoding Practice - Odd Words

Week 6 of 12 (Playlist)
Dependency Grammar

Week 7 of 12 (Playlist)
Clear Case Endings

Week 8 of 12 (Playlist)
Noun Types, Signs, Traits

Week 9 of 12 (Playlist)
Noun Relations

Week 10 of 12 (Playlist)
Noun Relations: Followers

Week 11 of 12 (Playlist)
Big4, MSQ, PForms, Shortcodes

Week 12 of 12 (Playlist)
Noun Functions

Extended Week 13 (Playlist)
Direct Influencers

Extended Week 14 (Playlist)
Indirect Influencers 1

Extended Week 15 (Playlist)
Indirect Influencers 2


12-Sentence Grammar - Template

12-Sentence Grammar Answer Key

Rootword Method Creator and Facilitator

Mohamed Redzuan Salleh has a total working experience of 10 years as a research analyst of Islamist ideology in RSIS, a madrasah curriculum reviewer in Muis, and an Arabic language curriculum developer at a language centre.

He has religious educational experience spanning 20 years, having an MA in Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies (Jakarta), a BA in
Islamic Law (Cairo), and a diploma in Islamic Studies (Malaysia). He was in Aljunied Islamic School (Singapore) for 5 years before getting a scholarship to study in Kuwait for 5 years in a religious high school and 3 years of university studies in Arabic language and literature.

He has been teaching Arabic full-time since 2013 by reversing the process of language learning, by not teaching complex grammar first or even frequency words, but measurable word patterns and quantified sentence structures.

Rootword Prac-1 2019

Documents | Livestreams

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Week 01 / 12 Jan
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Week 06 / 23 Feb
Week 07 / 02 Mar
Week 08 / 09 Mar
Week 09 / 16 Mar
Week 10 / 23 Mar
Week 11 / 30 Mar
Week 12 / 06 Apr

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Week 01 / 13 Jan
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Week 04 / 03 Feb
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Week 08 / 03 Mar
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Week 10 / 17 Mar
Week 11 / 24 Mar
Week 12 / 31 Mar

Sunday recordings for Weeks 7 and 8 need rearrangement.


More Details and Available Dates Soon

A 60-Day Email Program To Conquer 50% of the Quran
From 1 April 2019

How many hi-frequency words do you need to cover 50% of the Quran?

In a nutshell, if you conquer the first 60 hi-frequency words in the Quran, that would be covering approximately 50% of the Quran.

What does that really mean?

Take for example the word مِنْ, the highest frequency word in the Quran which means “from”. It has a frequency of 3226 and covers 4.16% of the Quran.

Couple that with the word الله with a frequency of 2699, and you would have “completed” 7.65% of the Quran. And once you reach the 60th word, you would have “completed” 50% of the Quran.

This number is definitely not that absolute, as other elements are also at play for the percentage to be precisely realized. Moreover, it is definitely not as simple as memorizing the meanings of those 60 words. That's not how it works.

The 7-Step Word Conquering Process

Here is where the Rootword Method 7-step word conquering process comes into the picture.

Which means, for every frequency word, you seek to conquer all its 7 dimensions without even memorizing it, since you are going to look at it from 7 sides anyway.

This is actually what students of the practitioner level currently do in class.

The difference is that they are applying the foundational 7-step process by themselves as they have undergone the method training in prior.

As for this 60-to-50 Program, it will be a done-for-you type.

What You Will Get

(1) You’ll be emailed at least a one page a day document to conquer one frequency word a day with an explanation of all its 7 elements, with examples from the Quran numbering the quantity of main meanings the word has. Among other critical information about the word.

(2) At the end of the program, you'll get everything in the form of an ebook, including future editions of it.

(2) Lifetime Updates: Whenever there is a new run for the program, you'll get an invitation to join at no cost.

So,at least 1 page a day. 60 Days. 60 Words. Shooting for 50% of the Quran.

Disclaimer: There is no guarantee that you will reach 50% understanding of the Quran. This number is just a reflection of how many times 60 hi-frequency words appear in the Quran. It's more about vocab than it is about process. Many other factors are at play. Among others, the variety of forms a word can have, its multiplicity of meanings based on its context, and so on. Your mileage will vary depending also on what you have already known. If you are total beginner, it may good to first explore app-based programs on this called Quranic, Baqarah, Memrise Quranic Arabic (web-based). Or a mix of that with Sixty to Fifty.

$99 (Standard)

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IntroWord CategoriesWord Chart
OneVerb FormsVerb Matrix
TwoVerb DoorsVerb Matrix
ThreeVerb StemsVerb Matrix
FourPronounsRoot Theory
FiveTense FormsEquations
SixOdd StemsExamples
SevenShortcodingThe 7 Step
EightOdd VerbsWeaky Chart
NineWeaky FormsHDTV Formula
TenOdd PatternsWorksheets
ElevenOdd TypesShort Cuts