You still need to have the right ingredients! To speak Arabic, you have to …
A good dose of….
- Self-motivation and confidence in yourself!
- Add to it all!
- Continuous redoubling of effort
The mixture of all these “ingredients” will be your best “ammunition” to achieve your goal. Also, put the oxen before the plows and not the other way around. Are you ready to immediately embark on the road to success? Prepare yourself. It is a long way, but it is worth it.
Learn which Arabic?
This language is new to you in both pronunciation and writing. You may be from North Africa, but you may have difficulty if you haven’t studied Literary Arabic in school.
- If you want to learn Arabic, you see in books,
- If you want to understand TV Arabic …
So it would be best if you learned standard Arabic and not Arabic you hear on the street or through your neighbours or acquaintances who use a dialect. Arabic dialects vary from one Arabic speaking country to another, especially since the dialects are different from literary Arabic.
The advantage is the simplification of pronunciation, which limits an abbreviation. A bit like in Spain, in certain parts of the South, certain letters are not spoken. For example, “Hasta logo” instead of saying hasta luego, the r is also omitted.
Back to Arabic.
Take, for example, “Kulchi bi Khayr“: in dialect language. Literary Arabic “Kullou shayin bi khayr” or “كل شيء بخير” Translation: “Everything is fine.”
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Repetition is the factor of assimilation.
Don’t expect to learn anything if you don’t invest the time in writing, listening and reading. Indeed, you will have to spend time repeating what you have done, making sure you understand before moving on to another step. Ask yourself the right questions…
What is the reason why you decide to learn Arabic? It is an important language of the Middle East. Yes, but still … I have to take a business trip. Good start This is the language of the Quran! We are going forward;
I want to be able to communicate with my Arabic speaking friends and family. I want to be as independent as possible and be frustrated by always calling on an Arabic speaker to translate what I say read what I have trouble deciphering in Arabic.
Even though we may need help at any time, we certainly don’t want it to be the case all the time. This frustration is a real barrier that, on the one hand, blocks you from learning. On the other hand, it makes you experience this terrible feeling of helplessness. I want to travel to an Arabic-speaking country or possibly settle there?
You will surely need to learn the Arabic language and QUICKLY … if you settle in an Arab country, your level of Arabic will clearly improve provided you are vigilant about the differentiation between dialect Arabic and Literary Arabic. If you had the opportunity to live this experience, please share it with us by leaving a comment at the bottom of this page. At this point, these are good arguments. So…
Set goals that you will date and design a program.
Create interest and desire in this quest
Without these elements, you can give up at one point or another if you are discouraged. You need to know that you may regress at one time or another if you are not regular in your learning.
Remember that it is always better to learn regularly, even if it is not intensive, than to learn intensely and to stop after a few months. The secret to success is consistency.
Don’t know anything about classical Arabic and want to learn it?
So think about learning to decipher the Arabic alphabet, to write it and to read it. You will then be able to read Arabic texts and learn vocabulary, although you will acquire a few words as you learn. Arabic is written in different ways depending on its position. Either at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of a word.
You will see vocabularies that will automatically register in your head. The best way to do this is to make this language your own. Try to use it in your daily life, at home, at work and school … The goal is not for you to start speaking in Arabic 24 hours a day, but rather to ask yourself how to say such a word or phrase in Arabic.
It would be best if you had in mind the word in English and the approximate translation into Arabic next to it. You will also be able to see that the Arabic grammatical rules differ from the grammatical rules of the English language. And here, too, it is an important factor in your learning because it will allow you to structure all the vocabulary you have learned and thus consolidate your learning. Tell yourself that you can learn Arabic if your goal is to learn it, then you can learn Arabic if you see a result, in the end, a satisfaction.
You need to have a goal and to stay the course. The Arabic language is a living language, so you will have to bring it to life in you to be able to live it and share it with others. You can learn Arabic as long as you have the resolve and the will to do so!
Do not hesitate to share your experience of the Arabic language of what you encountered as difficulties and obstacles and the solutions that you had found to progress and improve yourself in your learning.
The Al-dirassa Center offers online Arabic, Quran and Islam courses for non-Arabic speakers. If you would like to join our class, please get in touch with us.