June 10, 2020

101+ ways to improve your Arabic language skills
— Part 05 —

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.

22. Ask your company to start Arabic lessons.

Even if you don’t need to speak Arabic at work, Arabic lessons can be a fun and reasonably priced way for your company to spend their training budget in a popular way.

23. Have Arabic radio on in the background while you are doing your housework.

Even if you are not listening carefully, it will help you get a feel for natural Arabic rhythm and intonation.

24. Play Arabic language learning games on your Nintendo DS.

Although such games can have quite random language and are unlikely to improve your ability to speak Arabic on their own, the next time you hear or read the same language elsewhere it will be really
fixed in your brain by the fact you have played a game with it in already. It is also a nice way of taking a break from your other Arabic studies while also doing some Arabic. To make sure it really is a break and to avoid wasting time learning language from the game that is not much used in daily life, don’t bother writing down any new language you see in the game, but just try to learn it from playing the game again.

25. Say or think what you are doing in Arabic as you do your daily tasks.

As you are doing your chores, try creating sentences describing what you are doing, e.g. ‘I am unscrewing the ketchup bottle cap’. This gets you used to thinking in Arabic without translating, and can be a good way of seeing what simple vocabulary that is around you everyday you don’t know. yet

26. Watch Arabic language films with Arabic subtitles.

For people who can’t understand a film without subtitles but find themselves not listening at all when reading subtitles in their own language, this should be the way of watching a film that you should
aim for. If it is too difficult to watch the whole film this way, try watching the (usually important) first 10 or 15 minutes of the film with subtitles in your own language, switch to Arabic subtitles after that, and only switch back to subtitles in your own language if you get totally lost following the story of the film.

27. Watch films in your language with Arabic subtitles.

If you are finding Arabic films with Arabic subtitles too difficult or you can’t find Arabic films with Arabic subtitles in your local video shop, this is a good second best option. Looking for local films with Arabic subtitles can also sometimes be a good sign of quality, as it means the producers of the film are expecting it to be popular internationally as well.

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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