June 1, 2020

101+ ways to improve your Arabic language skills
— Part 04 —

By: Haytham Ibrahim

In this post we still with the series of  101+ ways to improve your Arabic skills, I will try to highlight more methods that will be helpful to ‎you when you start learning Arabic language.

‎16. Read Arabic language magazines.

Like books, if you can read two versions of the same magazine ‎‎(Newsweek in your language and in Arabic, for example), that could make ‎understanding it much easier.‎

‎17. Take a one week intensive course. ‎

Although you cannot expect to come out of a very short course speaking ‎much better Arabic than when you started it, if you continue
studying a little over the following weeks and months, the knowledge you ‎gained then will gradually come out and mean that your level of speaking, ‎listening etc. are better than they would have been if you hadn’t taken that ‎course. This positive effect can still be true up to a
year later.‎

‎18. Follow your intensive course up with an extensive course. ‎

The more time you can spend studying Arabic the better, but studying ‎periodic intensive courses with a few hours of study a week in between is ‎probably better value for money than any other system as it gives your ‎brain time to subconsciously learn and start using the new language you ‎have learnt before you introduce the next new “chunk” of language.‎

‎19. Supplement your group class with a one to one class. ‎

Another good way to combine two different kinds of classes is to study ‎both in a group class and one to one. Having a one to one teacher, even if ‎just a couple of times a month, will mean that you can be taught exactly ‎the language that you need, that you will have more time to speak, and ‎that you can have as much error correction as you like.‎

‎20. Supplement your one to one class with a group class. ‎

The benefits of having a group class are often less clear to students, but ‎they include the fact that you will learn to deal with several people ‎speaking at once, have a chance to practice skills such as interrupting
people, and will hear a range of different viewpoints and topics.‎

‎21. Teach your children or friends some Arabic. ‎

Recent research has shown that elder children tend to be a couple of IQ ‎points above their younger siblings, and the most likely reason is that ‎explaining things to their little brothers and sisters gives them an ‎intellectual boost. In the same way, teaching someone lower level than ‎you the Arabic you already know is a great way of permanently fixing that ‎knowledge in your own brain.‎

Haytham Ibrahim

Haytham Ibrahim, Prof. is a highly qualified Arabic language lecturer. He is an expert in TAFL (Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language.) Maybe — If you are interested in learning Arabic Language — You have come across his name before. Know more about Haytham from his official website.

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