I have been learning Arabic for six years now and all this time I have wondered why Arabic script looks so small on the screen even when I increase the zoom. This is unpleasant to look at and can quickly make you feel overwhelmed, straining your eyes to read the text. On a couple of occasions, I have resorted to copying and pasting text into a word document to increase the font size and improve readability. Now at last, I have discovered a solution!
There is an extension that you can install on your internet browser called حروف (Huruf) and this enables you to easily control the size and font on Arabic text displayed on different sites.
Click here to download for Chrome (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/huruf/lhdifindchogekmjooeiolmjdlheilae)
Click here to download for Firefox (https://addons.mozilla.org/de/android/addon/huruf_letters/?src=userprofile)
Once downloaded, the extension lives up in your menu bar like this:
You can then the select your prefered font size and script:
EuroNews navigation panel before enabling Huruf:
After enabling Huruf:
Can you translate these page titles into English?
To check your answers, visit the English version of Euronews.
Using this extension is also an effective way to explore different Arabic font styles in context. As you become more advanced, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to read Arabic handwriting. Becoming more familiar with different scripts can help to practise this reading skill.
Which script do you like the best? Personally, I really like the look of Aref Ruqaa but for reading I prefer the clarity of Mirza. Here are the available scripts:
No matter what your level of Arabic, from absolute beginner to native speaker, installing this extension will really help you to read online. Thanks to Jackson Petty for creating such a useful extension!
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